A Head Full of Ghosts (eBook)

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WINNER OF THE 2015 BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A NOVEL

A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror, reminiscent of Stephen King's The Shining, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, and William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist.

The lives of the Barretts, a normal 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 stop 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. 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, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than 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 legend.

Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s 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 surface—and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.

WINNER OF THE 2015 BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A NOVEL

A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror, reminiscent of Stephen King's The Shining, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, and William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist.

The lives of the Barretts, a normal 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 stop 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. 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, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than 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 legend.

Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s 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 surface—and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.


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  • 28 reviews

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    One of the best books I’ve read all year! I couldn’t do anything except read this book until it was finished!

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    10 months ago


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    Interesting use of today's cultural phenomena of the popular reality show to frame the story of a family in turmoil. I was intrigued by ...

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    over 2 years ago


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    The book has this originality with a creepy factor to it that makes it intriguing to read. I really liked how the writer wrote the book. ...

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    almost 3 years ago


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    A bit confusing at first, but then you start to understand the story. This is a new style of writing and tales some time to comprehend. I...

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    almost 3 years ago


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    A good story with decent writing. The style is distinct and enjoyable. This book is best for the more involved reader who prefers to make...

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    almost 3 years ago


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    The story is intriguing, and the ending left me not really knowing if Marjorie was ill or possessed.

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    almost 3 years ago


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    I liked the storyline and the way the author mixed up the chapters between present and past. Good ending that I didn't expect. Great book!

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    almost 3 years ago


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    The book is very good, and well written. Many twists and turns to keep you on your toes.

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    almost 3 years ago


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    I given this book a 4 star rating because I was lost in the story when it came to reading what happened. I found it a little hard to get ...

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    almost 3 years ago


  • Default avatar 59

    feel like the blog parts disrupted the flow and didn't really add to the story, but the rest was great. loved the characters. wish there ...

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    almost 3 years ago


  • Default avatar 67

    I enjoyed this book all the way through until I got to the end. It just kind of stopped instead of ending. The rest of the book was brill...

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    almost 3 years ago


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    Fantastic read

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    almost 3 years ago


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    The book has some nice twists and turns, that are dark and made you wonder what really happened. the ending could've been better, and the...

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    almost 3 years ago


  • Default avatar 66

    It was good expect the whole blog parts of the book, plus the ending could have been slightly better.

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    almost 3 years ago


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    If took a while to get used to the cadence, but did eventually and started enjoying the story. The point of view was particularly interes...

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    almost 3 years ago


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