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 suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-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. 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 best-selling 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.
©2015 Paul Tremblay (P)2016 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I'm pretty hard to scare." (Stephen King, best-selling author)
"Terrific.... Generates a haze of an altogether more serious kind: the pleasurable fog of calculated, perfectly balanced ambiguity." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Entertaining but where were the scares?"
Not likely. It was a fairly good story I just thought it was not in the same league as the Exorcist.
No. Lack of good scares let the listen down for me. I felt there were moments that could have been so much more intense and gripping. Though the characters were all empathetic, the setting was believable, the format was creative, the story, for me, lacked suspense.
She would not put me off. This story needed a female voice and she did a fair job. Joy was especially good at the two sisters. The blog bits were good.
I'dbiy it on DVD perhaps.
I maybe sound a bit harsh, especially since it wasn't a bad listen but I bought it expecting horror. Plus I listened to the Exorcist two months ago and that book did so much more than this one. I'm a Constant Reader and recognised Stephen King's influence on the author, so other fans of his might enjoy this. The author did do some creative things with the narrative. But not a scary book.
"not at all what it seems..."
I don't know how to describe the thing that I liked most about this book without giving any spoilers- (look away now just in case!) but if you've ever watched one of those reconstruction 'real life paranormal experience' shows and wondered how they get away with exploiting people who have clearly experienced some kind of horrible psychosis, this book will strike a chord. however, if half way through or even a few pages from the end you think you've got the measure of it, you don't. chilling, sad and intricate. still have goosebumps.
Possible one of the best audio books I've listened to this year. The best stories don't just end, this one I will be thinking about for a while.
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