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A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Do you ever shock yourself with the books you decide to read?

This novel was a shock for me, I was just casually browsing Scribd for a new audiobook and this baby popped into my suggestions.

The summary definitely caught my eye because I am the biggest horror fan (despite being terrified and uncomfortable the entire time).


Consumed Via: Audiobook

Genre:
Horror, Thriller

Rating:
⭐️⭐️

Plot:

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.


This novel was one that I was so excited going into. It had a lot of what I look for in a horror novel; demons, creepy children, exorcisms, etc.

Unfortunately this book definitely missed the mark for me. There were a couple moments that made my heart race whilst listening to them, but there were not enough of those moments to really make this novel a horror in my eyes.

This novel had characters that were quite underdeveloped and it was very difficult to believe any of their motives and actions because of it.

As for the plot itself, it was boring. It didn’t leave much to the imagination and it was, frankly, something I could have written in a college creative writing class. A lot of the creative decisions made in this novel seemed to be without reason and simply to add unwanted spice to a very bland novel.

It’s quite disappointing that this novel didn’t live up to the expectations I had for it because if done well it would have been a truly wonderful and terrifying read.

I listened to this novel on audio and didn’t really have any issues with the narrator, so if you’re still interested in picking up this book, despite my review obviously warning you against it, I’d recommend the audiobook.

Overall, this was a quick read and that’s all I’m thankful for in regards to this book. At least it didn’t waste a ton of my time.


Would I recommend this book?

Nope, I’m sure you could find exponentially better exorcism novels than this one. One being the original Exorcism novel that I am definitely interested in picking up in the near future.


Thank you so much for reading!

Comment down below your favourite horror novel, I’m definitely trying to get more into the genre and would love to know all your favourites!

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