Friday, July 14, 2017

Frightening Friday: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Title: A Head Full of Ghosts
Author: Paul Tremblay
Published: Titan Books, 2016

A Head Full of Ghosts

Description: The lives of the Barretts, a suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents despair, the doctors are unable to halt Marjorie's descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie's younger sister, Merry. As she recalls the terrifying events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories begin to surface and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I had heard so many good things about Paul Tremblay's writing so I was pretty excited to pick this one up. Not to mention that I had been looking for a decent horror story so I had been hoping this one would be nice and creepy.

I felt as though the beginning of this book felt a lot like every other exorcism story Id encountered but I also felt like there were a lot more differences. For instance, the book has the family being part of a reality television show where a crew follows the older daughter around and document her possession. A large part of this book is questioning whether Marjorie is possessed or whether she is just faking it or if she's mentally ill and her treatment isn't working.

I didn't find this book to be overly creepy but I did feel like it was a really engrossing story that kept me questioning things. In terms of horror, there was a little bit of gore which had me a little grossed out for a bit. I really like that even at the end of the book I was still questioning whether things were one way or another.

Overall, I really enjoyed Paul Tremblay's writing and I'm definitely interested in picking up more books in the future. I've hear that Disappearance at Devil's Rock is really good.

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