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doc ☆ ✓ Join or create book clubs WINNER OF THE 2015 BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A NOVELA chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror reminiscent of Stephen Kings The Shining Shirley Jacksons The Haunting of Hill House and William Peter Blattys The ExorcistThe lives of the Barretts a normal suburban New England family are torn apart when fourteen year old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophreniaTo her parents despair the doctors are unable to stop Marjories descent into madness As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts plight With John Marjories father out of work forthan a year and the medical bills looming the family agrees to be filmed and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession a hit reality television show When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legendFifteen years later a bestselling writer interviews Marjories younger sister Merry As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old long buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surfaceand a mind bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed raising vexing uestions about memory and reality science and religion and the very nature of evil This was a good read but not a great one The reason I begin with that assertion is that based on the enormous amount of hype I read regarding this story it did not come close for me in living up to that advanced praiseTo begin with this is NOT a ghost story although many blurbs would like you to think that It is a thriller disguised as dark satire The Barrett family allow a reality film crew into their home to film what is believed to be the demonic possession of their 14 year old daughter Marjorie The novel is told from the point of view of the younger sister Meredith or 'Merry'A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS takes swipes at reality television religion audience gullibility and overall pandering to an audience looking to consume a dose of all of the above While there are a few chilling moments the true purpose of this novel is to pose a mystery as to whether or not Marjorie is truly possessed or merely a young sociopath taking everyone for a dark ride

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read A Head Full of Ghosts kindle ñ Ö join or create book clubs ☆ [Read] ➳ A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel By Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk WINNER OF THE 2015 BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A NOVELA chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological WINNER OF THE 2015 BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A NOVELA chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror reminiscent of Stephen Kings The Shining Shirley Jacksons The Haunting of Hill House and William Peter Blattys The ExorcistThe lives of the Barretts a normal suburban New England family are torn apart when fourteen year old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophreniaTo her parents despair the doctors are unable to stop Marjories descent into madness As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts plight With John Marjories father out of work forthan a year and the medical bills looming the family agrees to be filmed and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession a hit reality television show When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legendFifteen years later a bestselling writer interviews Marjories younger sister Merry As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old long buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surfaceand a mind bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed raising vexing uestions about memory and reality science and religion and the very nature of evil Paul Tremblay can write you don’t get to be juror on the Shirley Jackson awards without having some sort of pedigreeStephen King says this book is a great read for book clubs and has a lot to unpack King’s book recommendations can be taken with a pinch of salt in my experience though so I read this with interest it’s been a long time since I read a horror story which really affected me and I was hoping for good things Ultimately I enjoyed the book well enough but the enjoyment tended to come from the recognition of other works referenced in it overtly or otherwiseAt the simplest level it’s a story of a struggling family and the filming of the elder sister’s possible possession and the film crew who make a reality show of her exorcism It’s told from the point of view of the girl’s younger sister as she recounts the story to a non fiction writer keen to document the tale Year’s later intercut with a blogger recounting the tv seriesThere’s nothing new in the actual events the book goes out of its way to draw comparisons to cultural references of a similar story at one point listing all the similar themed works on the protagonist’s dvd shelves Even the possible ‘reality’ element of the tale is well worn through the many mockumentary movies out there from Blair Witch onwardsThere is a wrinkle towards the end I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a twist which calls into uestion what we’ve read without really answering the underlying ‘why’Was the book scary? No Not at all Through using the blogger description device the line between the younger sister’s recount of events and the tv series description blur into a feeling of sameness there is a reason for this but you’ll see that when you read it The most interesting aspect of the book is the relationship between the sisters and their love although this too becomes blurred and motivations and actions become unclearUltimately reading as a straight story there’s too much we’ve seen too many times before so that if we are familiar with the genre we spend most of our time drawing comparisons The Exorcist being the most obvious answer and the book both compares and tries to distance itself from that work through repeated reference but at no time does it match that book’s ‘horror’ rather than feeling we’re getting anything originalThe secondary characters in the book from parents to film crew are weak both as characters and in terms of motives but the author writes the main characters well if somewhat schizophrenically no pun intended given the older sister’s potential mental issues in terms of the actions and feelings given their agesIf there is any doubt about the author’s intentions it is dispelled by the book’s last 10% I read the book on kindle and thought it was getting interesting with 10% left to read only to find that was it and the story ended which provides as the author puts it ‘liner Notes dvd extras’ where he outlines most of the film and book references he was overtly or subtly using throughout the story There’s also an essay on horror and culture which was an interesting read and uestions suitable for a book clubOverall? An interesting enough read but not throwing anything new out there and the fact it has been optioned as a film project is neither surprising nor of any real interest it’s all too easy to see how that will turn out and any meta elements of the text will I think just become the cliched story it is trying to highlight in the book

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A Head Full of Ghosts A NovelWINNER OF THE 2015 BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A NOVELA chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror reminiscent of Stephen Kings The Shining Shirley Jacksons The Haunting of Hill House and William Peter Blattys The ExorcistThe lives of the Barretts a normal suburban New England family are torn apart when fourteen year old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophreniaTo her parents despair the doctors are unable to stop Marjories descent into madness As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts plight With John Marjories father out of work forthan a year and the medical bills looming the family agrees to be filmed and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession a hit reality television show When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legendFifteen years later a bestselling writer interviews Marjories younger sister Merry As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old long buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surfaceand a mind bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed raising vexing uestions about memory and reality science and religion and the very nature of evil 25 really I can't seem to find a book that gets inside my head makes me think and blows me away I had high hopes for this one but alas it was mediocre at bestI hated the narrators If it wasn't an annoying 8 year old then it was an obnoxious OTT blogger I'll not spoil or the grown up 8 year old being interviewed by a writer through the most unnatural sounding dialogueLots of things happened in the book There was the slow spiral of a girl into mental illnesspossession complete with swearing rude comments masturbation green vomit weird voices peeing pooping possible levitation injury and death There were parents tearing their hair out and turning to god for help There was a camera crew that didn't seem terribly bothered by all the horrific goings onI admit I speed read a lot of the blogger chapters because they were boring; sort of a recap of the events of the previous chapters with some interpretation of whether the events could have been faked or comparing them to movies and books about possession The voice was typical 'read my blog now because it is greatlook at all the great stuff I've got for you'There was supposedly a twist at the end but it wasn't really a twist because there were so many hints and ways of interpreting the possession scenes that made the reader expect itTo be fair if I had never read a book or watched a movie about possession or seen documentaries or those 'Most Haunted' things then I would probably have been creeped out But since I am an avid horror fan I've been exposed to just about everything That made this book very ho hum for meMy recommendation is to read it if you are just starting out on your horror journey but if you are an old hand you will most likely be disappointed