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A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay // Review


Title: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Rating: ★★★★.5

Release: 27th September 2016

Synopsis: 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.

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Review:

It’s the book that scared Stephen King, and I can tell why. With both subtle horror, and a spine chilling story to follow, this is definitely one to read with the lights on.

I loved it from the start, I loved how it was told from the POV of Merry, and how she was telling her story to the press. It made it feel so real, and you could see how hard it was for Merry to recall everything that happened.

It had such an interesting story, and pulled all the best things out of traditional horror films such as The Exorcist, and combined them into one terrifying story. It was so cleverly written, and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Each character was so well written, especially the way Marjorie was written. She constantly kept me guessing what was going to happen, and had a brilliant mystery surrounding her.

The ending was immense. I love how it both wrapped everything up and brought us full circle to how Merry started talking about what happened, but also was so open ended. There were so many questions left unanswered, but with this book that worked perfectly.

The writing style was so brilliant, and not only did it mess with my mind, but I could see everything so clearly in my mind, I was completely immersed in the book.

From start to finish this is definitely a brilliantly terrifying read. With nods to the traditional stories, but also giving it a wonderfully refreshing spin, if this isn’t on your TBR – it definitely should be.

You can buy A Head Full of Ghosts on Amazon UK here!

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