Book Review: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

There is a Heaven, let’s keep it a secret.

In horror you come across possessions as often as you come across ghosts. Demons roam the earth in search of a fresh body waiting to devour a soul and turn the host into a living marionette. For what purpose? Hellish ones I suppose. They grow bored of hell or perhaps some minor spirit left the portal open and they’re like iight, it’s time to party boys.

Nevertheless they escape and it’s bad news ya’ll. Once they get their claws on you it seems like there’s not much you can do until some old man priest pours holy water and prays for your withering soul or whatever is left of it.

The Barrett family were normal once upon a time. Not picture perfect but normal. This all changes when 14 year old daughter Marjorie starts exhibiting strange behavior that they attribute to acute schizophrenia

As her actions grow darker and the family’s financial situation grows dire John Barrett, father of the household, turns to a local pastor who not only suggests an exorcism but also contacts a production company to film the family’s plight. They agree to be filmed and the family finds themselves the stars of the reality tv series called The Possession.

What comes out of this TV show and what is hidden is told from the lens of Merry, the youngest Barrett daughter, 15 years later in an exclusive interview. She reveals the truth and the conclusion of the Barrett family and of The Possession.

This book was interesting in many ways. Firstly, it’s a very quick read. I was stunned at how fast I was zooming by but also at how very little I was actually retaining any of it. It’s confusing at times. I had to re-read several scenes to actually get the gist of what was happening and when I did I wish I hadn’t. It’s disturbing. Very disturbing. All of these things are happening to a 14 year old girl who we are not sure is very sick or is being possessed by a demon or not.

The majority of this novel is told through the eyes of an 8 year old so patience is key but I admit my patience was shot when it came to the Barrett parents. I get it, you’re under stress, finances are shot, your daughter is going through something unforgivably awful. But you also have another child. Her safety should also be priority and reading this I felt like Merry was the last thing on their minds. She should have been sent away to live with her aunt while all of this was going on. She was threatened several times by her sister and that to me was the most terrifying part of the book. But alas, there’s a story to tell so *shrug*

The blog excerpts were more distracting and annoying to me then anything else. I couldn’t really take anything from them. They didn’t really tell me much and I felt my eyes glazing over whenever they appeared. It really didn’t seem necessary to me to include them and when the reveal appeared I wasn’t shocked it seemed pretty obvious who it was lol.

Possessions are tricky and this one made me feel sick to my stomach because this just seemed like a little girl who was very ill and her father basically used religion and media to extort her. Okay, maybe she was possessed. Let’s say she was. If I was a demon would I want cameras shoved in my face following me? No, I would put my best evil face on and give them a show and that…is what happened. I can’t say I really liked much of the characters. Even Merry pissed me off. And for those who read a certain Jackson book you will figure out the similarities early on. It’s very easy to pick up on.

This book wasn’t for me and it sucks because the reviews are great but the writing style isn’t my thing and I just left it feeling empty and disoriented.

There is a Hell, believe me, I’ve seen it. 

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

  1. Great review. Not sure I’d want to read it given how disturbing it sounds. A shame you didn’t like it but like anothe rperson said, you did a great review 🙂 🙂

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