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A Head Full of Ghosts
A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel | Paul Tremblay
A chilling domestic drama that blends psychological suspense with a touch of modern horror from a new, brilliantly imaginative masterThe 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 bizarre outbursts and subsequent descent into madness. As their 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 for a reality television show. With John, Marjorie's father, out of work for more than a year and medical bills looming, the family reluctantly agrees to be filmed—never imagining that The Possession would become an instant hit. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the 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 from her childhood—she was just eight years old—painful memories and long-buried secrets that clash with the television broadcast and the Internet blogs begin to surface. A mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising disturbing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.A Head Full of Ghosts is a terrifying tale told with inventive literary flair and unrelenting suspense that craftily, cannily, and inexorably builds to a truly shocking ending.
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nikkiamanda
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After cleaning out B&N of all that they had in stock, I tore through a head full of ghosts in about 4 hours. At 284 pages it managed to keep me guessing as to what would happen next, and I look forward to reading growing things and seeing how it ties in. Things that I expected to happen, didn't. Things that I never could have predicted, had me refusing to put the book down. Here's to starting the cabin at the end of the world tonight.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 6d
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! 5d
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JennyBookworm
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Wow, I definitely have book hangover from this one. Grab this book and a flashlight so you can read in the basement for optimal effect. 😬 For fans of the creepy only.

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JennyBookworm
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24 hours and I'm so engrossed in this story I'm not stopping now! Thank you @24in48 for hosting these. I had so much fun this weekend! 🥰 #24in48 #readathon

biblio_ginger Yay! Congrats! 😁 4w
UwannaPublishme Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
Megabooks Congratulations!! 😁😁📚📚👍🏻👍🏻🥳🥳😎👏🏻🎉💃🏻🍾 4w
Librarybelle Congratulations! 4w
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Cinfhen
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#LilithJuly I read the tagged book earlier this year and it was the perfect blend of creepy and clever. Merry is recalling the events that led to her sister Marjorie undergoing a televised exorcism for her demonic #possession 😈Was it real or just staged?! And is Merry the most reliable witness? Super satisfying and so fun to dissect.

blondie This is one of my all time favorites 🖤 1mo
Cinfhen It was sooo good @blondie after I finished reading, I almost picked it up to read again!!! 1mo
DebinHawaii Hah! I read the prompt & thought you might pick this one! 😉👻 1mo
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Cinfhen The benefits of being in my time zone @DebinHawaii 💜 1mo
Cathythoughts I see I have this stacked ! Sounds scary 😬but good 1mo
Cinfhen Not scary or gory per say @Cathythoughts sort of inside your head creepy and a tiny bit disturbing but really engaging. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I was thinking of this too! I enjoyed buddy reading this book! 1mo
TrishB Great pick and graphic. I enjoyed this one. 1mo
KarenUK I like the sound of this one.... I love a good unreliable narrator 😊👍 1mo
Cinfhen I think you‘d like this book @KarenUK !! It‘s the right type of scary for us chickens 🐔🐔🐔 1mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen so question-are you packing books or just getting some when you get to the states? 😉❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m only bringing my kindle and one paperback for the airplane @Crazeedi but I haven‘t picked which one yet. Between my local library requests and other books that I‘ve ordered I have A TON of options waiting for me 🤓 1mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen enjoy! Hope you have some time to read! Have a ton of fun!!😍 1mo
gradcat I think I‘m going to stack this one...not quite my usual fare, but it sounds great! Are you visiting the States? I didn‘t know that...will you be meeting up with @BarbaraBB ? Whatever you do, I hope you have safe travels & a wonderful trip!! ♥️ 1mo
Cinfhen Yes @gradcat I‘m visiting the States and would LOVE to meetup with @BarbaraBB if our paths actually cross!! But I have “plans” to see @DivineDiana & @MicheleinPhilly because we‘re all #PhillyGirls 1mo
Cinfhen Also @gradcat this book is really good as far as “ horror” goes!!! It messes with you, in a good way!! 1mo
BarbaraBB 💜 1mo
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suvata
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To get a 5-star rating from me your book must:
1. Contain a unique story or be written in a unique manner ✔️
2. Give me something to think about long after I have completed the book ✔️
3. Hold my attention and make me want to read way past my bedtime ✔️
4. Blow my mind ✔️
5. Horror must be “creepy”✔️

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Crazeedi That's a great list for a book, except I don't do creepy 1mo
suvata LOL 1mo
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suvata
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Continuing my TBR project:
This is one the oldest selection on my TBR list - Originally added August 29, 2015.

Reading in bed ... Ahhh

Kappadeemom It will be great reading weather here for the next few days ⛈ 1mo
suvata @Kappadeemom Here too - lots of rain ☔️ 1mo
Kappadeemom @suvata yeah, I am working in Tally the next two days, so I‘ll have to be out and about in it ☹️ 1mo
suvata @Kappadeemom Try to stay dry 1mo
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Jennick2004
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Although I truly enjoyed this book and the story, I didn‘t really think the blog aspect was totally necessary. I mean it all came together in the end, but it make it a bit muddy in the middle, IMHO 🤷‍♀️
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Jennick2004
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Drank coffee outside while Mack played, took him for a walk to burn off some energy, and now that he‘s passed out I‘m going to try to finish my book! Hoping to get it done before the holiday activities because I‘ll be too tired to read tonight!
#MackAttack

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Jennick2004
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Got some sunburn at the pool today with @MommyOfTwo and our kiddos! But I am really enjoying this book so far, and should be finishing it up tomorrow 💙

TheWordJar I looooved this book! I also loved his two other books—Disappearance at Devil‘s Rock and Cabin at the End of the World. 1mo
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Jennick2004
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And the book just took a super creepy turn...
#surprisetwist

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Jennick2004
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Trying to read outside while Mack plays, but this is making it difficult!

Freespirit You are having the heat now that we had in our summer..stay cool❄️❄️ (edited) 2mo
SassyBookworm My sister in law is from Fond Du Lac! How cool is that! She‘s there now visiting family! 2mo
Jennick2004 @SassyBookworm I‘ve lived here my entire life! 2mo
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Jennick2004
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Can‘t move, so I guess I should read! 💙
#MackAttack

AlaMich ❤️🐶 2mo
avgeyer This one is an all-time favorite read. Enjoy! 2mo
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Lost_inmybook
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THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOK!!!A young girl encounters many unusual outbursts and is then believed to be possessed by a demon😱. As time goes by Marjorie's outbursts continue to worsen, leaving her family in total confusion. The family grows desperate to find money to pay for Marjorie's medication and constant visits to the doctors. As a result, they end up getting filmed by a TV show and chaos starts to arise.....

vivastory I love this one. Tremblay has a book of stories coming out Tuesday. 2mo
Lost_inmybook @vivastory Really? What is it called? 2mo
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AutumnRLS
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Might have to put this one in the freezer before I go to bed... lol.

AutumnRLS 70 pages in and this is super spooky. 2mo
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Snufs
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This book was one I picked off the shelf randomly, but now carry in my heart everywhere I go. Numerous lines from this book will continue to haunt me - and there's no better sign of a good horror book.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Agreed! My favorite book by this author. 2mo
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AmyAgentBor
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Well done writing, about a young girl who is either demon possessed or mentally unstable. I liked the back and forth of the narrative and did not guess the ending which leaves you wanting more.

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MrT
Head Full of Ghosts | Paul Tremblay
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2019 reads so far....

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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This has been on my TBR for ages! It started off slow but I loved the direction Tremblay took the story and the relationship between the sisters. The best part was the Easter eggs hidden for horror fans, especially the one tied to the ending. This will almost definitely work better for frequent horror readers. As far as scares, there were a few cringe worthy moments that I had to read aloud to my husband. Will definitely read more from Tremblay!

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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#bookandbubbles time. Since I've given up my lunch break for study reading I'm always dying to get to the fun stuff at home.

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Squidapus
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Squidapus rode the line on whether this was Pick or So-so and decided it's issues didn't ruin a lot of the good the book did. Throughout you're left with an unsettling lack of surety if Marjorie is possessed or simply faking; it steadily ramps up in horror when you become more and more sure which it is. The two big negatives were the completely unnecessary blog posts that read like a dad trying to imitate his teen daughter's diary and the ending

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I liked this one as well, while echoing those exact reservations. I wonder how Squidapus would feel about Tremblay‘s 5mo
Squidapus @TobeyTheScavengerMonk It's actually our Horror Book Club's next selection so we'll find out! 5mo
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Squidapus
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Looks like it's time for Squidapus to get his spoop on! Most reviews of this book loved it until the end which was apparently so bad as to make them pan it. Guess we'll see how it goes!

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madamereadsalot1
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Cool picture to go with this! Loved this book. 7mo
madamereadsalot1 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love the books too! It's still the only Trambley I've read. I really need to remedy that. 7mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ive read Disappearance at Devil‘s Rock (just ok) and The Cabin at the End of the World (really good!) . . . but this one is my favorite 😁 7mo
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Reagan-reads
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Starting! Book 3! I have also convinced my 7 year old to join the readathon tomorrow, she‘s pretty psyched to get deep into Warriors. #24in48
@24in48

ferskner Gosh I love that book - I hope you enjoy it! 7mo
Reagan-reads @ferskner I really enjoyed it! 7mo
ferskner 👏🙌👏🙌👏🙌 7mo
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JaySigler
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This book read fast and I enjoyed the commentary on religion, social media, patriarchy, etc. within the story. The story itself wasn't quite was I was expecting and it didn't quite live up to the hype I'd been hearing, but I still liked it overall despite being left with a bunch of unanswered questions. #horror

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GeekGirlOnAQuest
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I honestly felt like I was reading a different book from all the reviews I had read. There was nothing scary about this book, most of it seemed a bit ridiculous even. I stuck with it because I was expecting something to happen that would justify the Stephen King blurb, but all I got was disappointment.

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Bookgirl
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This started out a little slow for me and honestly it wasn‘t until halfway through that I really got hooked. I‘m so glad I stuck with it though because the ending packed a satisfying punch - two actually. This is a creepy, disturbing story of possession/mental illness/dysfunctional families. It left me with a lot of questions - but in a good way. I liked all the pop culture references to other horror stories we all know and love. A definite pick!

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emilyhaldi
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I had so much fun participating in #booked2018 🎉🎉 and somehow I managed to finish 4th quarter 😅 I loved the prompts this year and am so looking forward to #booked2018!

I was surprised to find that the tagged book was my highest rating (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) of these 6, the others were all ⭐️⭐️⭐️ except for #nyrb pick being ⭐️⭐️ 😏 Hoping I can do a better job with my book choices next year!

Aims42 I‘m halfway thru ‘The Santa Claus Man‘, I‘m beyond fascinated!!! Such a part of history I never knew existed 😳 8mo
Reviewsbylola 🥳🥳🥳🥳 8mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! You did it!!!! Can‘t wait to see what you read in 2019🥳🥳🥳Happy New Year, Em 😘😘 8mo
4thhouseontheleft Way to go!! 🎉🎉 I‘m glad you had fun! 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yay!! 👏🏻📚🎉😘😎 8mo
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moonsinjune
Head Full of Ghosts | Paul Tremblay
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Loved this creepy book.

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readordierachel
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This kept me guessing til the very end, and I'm still not sure what to believe. A very clever take on a classic horror trope: think The Exorcist meets the Scream franchise. I will say that one of the framing devices, critique of events told through blog posts, was both very smart and very annoying. If you don't care for blog speak, these sections might annoy you, too.

vivastory I just read online that he has a short story collection coming out next year 8mo
readordierachel @vivastory Cool! I haven't read any of his short fiction yet. Have you read all his stuff? 8mo
vivastory Not his stories. I've read all of his novels (including the duology featuring a narcoleptic PI) except for 8mo
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vivastory Which sounds bonkers, but I'm sure I'll read it at some point. He blurbed a book I read yesterday that was really banana pants, but I enjoyed it 8mo
readordierachel @vivastory Both of those sound wild! In a good way, I think. I'll have to check those out. I still need to read Disappearance at Devil's Rock. 8mo
vivastory I'll be curious to see what you think. I liked it, I definitely like Head full of Ghosts & his latest more, but still worth reading. There is an indie horror movie with a somewhat similar plot & some felt like it was derivative of that movie.b 8mo
vivastory If you weren't annoyed by the blog post format of this one, I'd definitely recommend 8mo
vivastory It's structured like a podcast, but it's very effective. Not gimmicky. It's one of the best mysteries I read this year. 8mo
readordierachel @vivastory Which indie movie? 8mo
vivastory Lake Mungo. If you haven't watched it, I recommend it. 8mo
readordierachel @vivastory I will! I hadn't heard of it. I think I will give Sadie a go, too. It sounds great. I don't mind alternative formats, but for some reason the blog in Ghosts felt jarring to me. 8mo
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Stephuhhnieee
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🥔Mashed potatoes and gravy!
🌮Mexican 24/7
🤩Not that I can recall..
📚I had a rough reading month this November with being in a slump; but I did finish A Head Full of Ghosts IN November so that counts, yes? And it was phenomenal🙌🏻

I am super late to this #friyayintro, so I tag whoever wants to be tagged!

@howjessreads

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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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I "read" this book as an audible/kindle combo. The ending was not satisfying for me, but it was probably realistic. For me it is a book about reality TV exploitation, which is terrifying and so very sad.

RavenLovelyReads Have you read anything else by this author? Last month I read his End of the World Running Club, and I felt exactly the same about that ending! 9mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @RavenLovelyReads no, I haven't. I want to though. I'm just not sure I'm to it. This one was exhausting! 9mo
Gina That ending was brutal. I had to really recover after that one. 9mo
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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Just me and the cat this morning. Hoping to finish this in the next hour.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa 💙💙💙 I have that same bedspread, and a very similar companion! 9mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love this bedspread. The cat is kind of a jerk. Lol. He prefers my husband but will put up with me when hub is not in the house. 9mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @RestlessFickleBookHoarder Haha! Pets have their favorites! We have a dog that does that! 9mo
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RealBooks4ever
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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!

RealBooks4ever @vivastory I haven‘t yet but Tremblay‘s books are going to accelerate up my TBR! I love that this one had so many literary references along with the great story! 😍 9mo
vivastory He's amazing. You're in for a real treat with Cabin! 9mo
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JoScho
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I finished this last week and never posted my review. I am still thinking about this book. I was invested in the characters in every way possible and the ending was a kick in the teeth, punch in the gut, whatever you want to call it. There are some intense scenes and while I didn‘t find the book scary personally, it isn‘t for the faint of heart. This was my second Tremblay Book and I immediately started The Disappearance at Devil‘s Rock.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This is my favorite of his! 9mo
BookishTrish I love this book ❤️ 9mo
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cariashley
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I liked this but didn‘t love it, and am trying to put my finger on why. I guess the premise just wasn‘t fully realized to me; why on earth the parents would have gone the route they did was just baffling. There were a lot of clever takes on reality entertainment and the horror genre in general (I‘m sure I missed a bunch) so that was cool. This wraps up my lackluster attempt at spooky October reading!

Cinfhen I found this book campy and fun and I felt like the author wasn‘t trying to write literary horror but something really mainstream and a big wink to reality tv and the horror genre. #BigRunOnSentence 9mo
cariashley @Cinfhen that‘s such a great take. I‘m probably judging from too literary a perspective! Especially given the tone of the blog posts. 9mo
Cinfhen Those blog posts were SO ANNOYING!!! I get why they were necessary but it did “cheapen” the story somewhat 9mo
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Zelma
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Not my cover but I like this one better.

After abandoning The Cabin at the End of the World and not loving this, I don‘t think Tremblay‘s books are for just felt so derivative, which was possibly the point, but still didn‘t help my enjoyment. Major plot points were just so familiar and came too late for much pay-off. Some creepiness with Marjorie‘s breakdown but not enough overall horror or originality.

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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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I might have to switch to the kindle book. It's a really creepy and disturbing story. I need to be able to skim, something I'm not sure I can easily do on audio.

Mandigolightly Loved this one! 9mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Mandigolightly I'm really liking it too but wow it's creepy! 9mo
Cailey_Mac It was definitely twisted. I read this on kindle myself 9mo
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Cailey_Mac I find myself cringing at times. 9mo
Cailey_Mac @RestlessFickleBookHoarder yeah; there were parts that I REALLY wasn‘t expecting and I really didn‘t like. I was hoping for just a full blown Supernatural Book. 9mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Cailey_Mac I'm not that far into it. I'm intrigued enough to stick with it, but I'm not sure the blog post sections work as an audiobook for me. And not matter the format I eventually choose, I can really only take it in small doses. It's definitely not the choice for my pre-dawn, solo walking! 😂 9mo
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Stephuhhnieee
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HOLY CRAP.

I don‘t think my face could‘ve been closer to the kindle screen in the last two chapters; or my hands clasped around my mouth hard enough.

This was absolutely terrifyingly suspenseful to the end.

Someone please tell me this will be the next big (Hill House-like) show for Netflix?!

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jckphnx
Head Full of Ghosts | Paul Tremblay
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An effort to be an homage to possession stories of the past while seeking to tell a head-spinning story in its own right, A Head Full of Ghosts manages to, amazingly, excel at both.

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BekaReid
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If the best horror stories are the ones that linger and affect us, the ones that pose questions and answer some but not all, then this story is definitely in the running. I was hooked from the beginning and flew through the book.
I also enjoyed reading Paul Tremblay's extended notes and essay included in my edition. And the quote above is from that essay.

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Stephuhhnieee
Head Full of Ghosts | Paul Tremblay
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I like that I‘m getting a history check on some famous horror movies, and novels, while reading this. I‘m also excited to see a reference to something I just obsessed over last week 😂😍
#hillhousereference

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erzascarletbookgasm
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I devoured this book! I didn‘t think I‘d like it but I did and I think Tremblay is clever. Fantastic characterisation, great in keeping the suspense and fun to see his many references to horror books and movies. The tone of the blog narrator is super annoying but I understand the blog is essential to the development of the story. I love a good unreliable narrator and an ending which lets you draw your own conclusions. A real #Headtrip

erzascarletbookgasm It‘s best to dive right in without knowing much.
Thanks for nudging me to read along @cinfhen ! Great for #Booked2018 #spookyread @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
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erzascarletbookgasm At the core, it‘s about the dynamics of the relationships among the family members, especially between the two sisters; and how the family is broken down under desperation. More of human evil than supernatural. I don‘t think anyone is demon possessed in the book. Perhaps something is not quite right with Merry. Keeps one thinking about the ending.. 10mo
Emilymdxn I‘d never heard of this but it sounds so cool! Stacked! 10mo
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4thhouseontheleft This sounds good! 10mo
cariashley I‘m reading this now and really liking it, even though horror is not my usual genre! The blogger character is based on a real person (with the same name) - her review of the book on goodreads is worth reading. 10mo
Lexeegee This was a great book! 10mo
AmyG What I loved about this book was what wasn‘t revealed, what wasn‘t said. It leaves the reader with trying to figure out what really went on. Open to lots of interpretation. 10mo
rohit-sawant Glad to hear you liked it! Couldn't agree more with what @AmyG said. 10mo
Cinfhen So glad you liked it 🥰 9mo
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DebinHawaii
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I thoroughly enjoyed this creepy story, even if I'm not completely sure what happened.😉😱I finished last week & had to check & see if it really ended when it did or if my Kindle cut off. Is Marjorie possessed or mentally ill & how much of what Merry says can be believed? On one hand I wanted more, on the other I liked how Tremblay left it open to interpretation. Loved the nods to other works of horror and spooky fiction. Definitely a #headtrip

DebinHawaii Mahalo @Cinfhen for getting us all to read it. It was perfect for October. 👻👻👻I'll get to commenting on some of the questions you tagged me on. 👍👍 10mo
Trollkonstnaren An open ending? Spooky? Oh man, another good book. 10mo
Minervasbutler Really enjoyed it 10mo
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Johanna414 I read this like 2 years ago and still find myself thinking about it... 10mo
Mdargusch You summed it up well! 10mo
Cinfhen I can‘t believe I missed this post and tag xx 9mo
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Stephuhhnieee
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Is it bad to be upset that you have to take your kid trick-or- treating over staying in and finishing a good book?😂😅

Asking for a friend 👀

Half joking 🙃My little Dorothy is sooo excited to show off her red slippers tonight 😍

sprainedbrain I was right there with you! I was thrilled to get home for trick or treating to read. 🧡🖤 10mo
Stephuhhnieee @sprainedbrain I ended up falling asleep after trick or treating 😂 I can‘t hang anymore 😭 9mo
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BekaReid
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I think it's time to finally dive into this one! 👻👀

Stephuhhnieee I‘m on chapter 13 and am hoooooked!! 10mo
BekaReid @Stephuhhnieee Yes!! I just finished chapter 13 and am totally hooked. (And a bit freaked out!) 10mo
Stephuhhnieee @BekaReid Oooooh yay! I had to stop to go home and now trick or treating... but I intend to continue tonight 😬 Hopefully I‘ll be able to get through it at night time 😂 10mo
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Gina
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WOW! I didn't see that ending coming. It's going to take me a while to digest this one.

JoScho I just finished this today! Like WTF? I am still processing. 10mo
Mdargusch Crazy right? 10mo
Gina @JoScho yup I feel like I was whacked up side the head 10mo
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Gina @Mdargusch bat crap crazy! Yikes 10mo
RealBooks4ever I‘m reading this now! So far I‘m liking it a lot! 😃 10mo
Gina @RealBooks4ever Just hang on tight. You're in for a bumpy ride. 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Okay, I‘m going in. Late to the #headtrip party, but hopefully can squeeze in this read before end of the month. It‘s a bright Sunday morning, there‘re people in the house, I can do this!

Cinfhen You can do it!!! And now I want AVO toast🥑🍞❤️ 10mo
Cinfhen How‘s it going??? Did you ever finish this one @AmyG ??? 10mo
AmyG I have one more section to read! 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen I‘ve finished up to part 1 and then went on to read something less spooky. I will resume reading this, so far so good, I can take the spookiness...we shall see 😬 10mo
Cinfhen Yay @AmyG & Jess!! I‘ll wait until u both finish and then we can discuss xx 10mo
AmyG I am going to try to finish today. 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen @AmyG I‘m still at part two, will do my best. The blog thing is so annoying! 10mo
Cinfhen I hated that blog thing too but it does serve a purpose @erzascarletbookgasm @AmyG 10mo
AmyG Finished. LOTS to discuss. @erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm @cinfhen @AmyG I‘ve finished it! Discusssss! xx 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m tagging @DebinHawaii too because she finished as well..... so my biggest question....do you think Merry was the one who was actually possessed??? I totally do!!!! @AmyG @erzascarletbookgasm 10mo
AmyG @erzascarletbookgasm @cinfhen I just don‘t think she was possessed. She was 8, and I question how accurate her memory was...what‘s actual memory and what is percieves. I question how she dealt with all of what happenned from 8 to her present age. But I don‘t think she was possessed. (edited) 10mo
AmyG Also....I got a kick out of the House of Leaves references. I just finished that. Navidson is the main character from that book, the blog reminds me of the criticism of the movie from House of Leaves and they even reference the book....the house that has no boundaries. Pretty funny. Trembley must be a fan. 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen @AmyG I don‘t think Merry or anyone is possessed in the book. I can‘t explain about the drop of temperature in the coffee shop towards the ending, though. Merry is just an unreliable narrator. 10mo
Cinfhen Apparently there are lots of references to HoL and other horror related books @AmyG ~ check out @MinDea she came across a bunch of #HorrorHomage 10mo
Cinfhen I don‘t think Marjorie was possessed at all- I think Merry was slowly poisoning the family all along and that‘s why the bottle was half empty, it was why Marjorie puked and her skin was turning sallow etc. I agree, Merry was an unreliable narrator bc she‘s really the evil/sick one. I think Marjorie knew something was wrong with Mer & that‘s why she insisted Merry be present for both the evaluation & the exorcism @AmyG 10mo
Cinfhen Also why the temp dropped both times Merry was in the room @erzascarletbookgasm @AmyG 10mo
Cinfhen Did you think Marjorie suffered from a mental illness or do u think she was faking?? @AmyG @erzascarletbookgasm 10mo
Cinfhen Does the dad have a hand in any of this?? Do you think he might have sexually molested Marjorie? She did excuse him. Could his turning to religion be considered a form of abuse of parental power? @AmyG @erzascarletbookgasm 10mo
Cinfhen @MicheleinPhilly @DebinHawaii check out some of the discussion questions under the spoiler tags!!! 10mo
Robothugs I‘m not sure anyone of them were possessed by a demon. Merry admits to being an unreliable narrator from the beginning. I think the author makes one reflect on what possession means. To be possessed by religion, drugs and alcohol, etc. For me, it didn‘t seem to matter who was ultimately responsible for the act of poisoning. 10mo
MinDea I totally agree with @Robothugs. I think it was showing all the different faces of evil. Evil doesn't just mean the devil, possession. It can be people who lie, alcoholics, selfishness and self absorption, greedy people, etc. That each of the family members were possessed by their own demons and therefore each of them had A Head Full of Ghosts. Not only delain with their own problems but also the problems of their family affected them and 10mo
MinDea Probably caused or added to their own demons. I don't think Merry was possessed but I do think the fact that she murdered her family she was a murderer which caused her to hide it, like about it and now people are going to find out about it. Was her sister possessed or mentally ill? I really don't know. I think it was more about showing the parent's greed in making their daughters issues public and turning it into a show for all to see that was 10mo
MinDea The real evil. @AmyG @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm @DebinHawaii that was my take in this book! 😆 10mo
Cinfhen I agree @MinDea @Robothugs I don‘t “buy” into demonic possession but I do think Merry was off and there was something rotten inside her. I agree greed, religion and reality tv made for other types of ghosts/ possessions. This book was very clever and thought provoking @AmyG @erzascarletbookgasm 10mo
MinDea @Cinfhen I definitely think something was off with Merry. I guess I chalked it up to her (messed up!!) childhood but maybe there was something more to it as you suggest! Yes!!! This book is so very thought provoking. Which is why I loved it so much. It was very well done 👏 I love that we all read it together to discuss it. I just read Hex with a few people in here as a buddy read and it had some social commentary but it was not near as good as 10mo
MinDea this book! This one is so well done! 10mo
Robothugs @MinDea You totally just explained that way better than me 😆🤜🏻🤛🏻 10mo
Robothugs @Cinfhen I agree about Merry. You can tell by the way she speaks and acts. Also, in my opinion, did not act quite like an 8 y/o 🤷🏻‍♀️. But I also think whatever happened during those years contributed to it. (edited) 10mo
MinDea @AmyG I totally agree. Merry was 8 most of her memories probably come from or are changed by the TV show. She also seems obsessed with analyzing the show and I just have to think it's not very healthy for her and she probably has not really dealt with what really happened. She probably needs some therapy! 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen @AmyG I can‘t explain about the temperature drop, perhaps to hint there‘s something not quite right with Merry. I don‘t think the dad sexually molested Majorie. I don‘t know if she‘s faking it either but perhaps she did suffer from some acute mental illness. 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm @MinDea @Robothugs you both explain it well about the different evils and possessions the book is trying to show us. 10mo
AmyG I wondered about the Dad and Marjorie. Did he molest her? Was there a sexual relationship going on with them and was Marjorie right that the whole posession thing was a ploy to make money. Was she in cahoots with her father? And the poisoning....was the father poisoning Marjorie to make her look ill, thinking when it‘s over he would stop. Did Marjorie encourage Merry to poison them all...was she being molested and wanted it all to be over? (edited) 10mo
AmyG I don‘t think either girl was posessed. And I still don‘t think Merry was guilty of poisoning them on purpose. No clue why about the cold. (edited) 10mo
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My little buddy and I are enjoying this audiobook on our drive. Pretty intense so far.

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Velvetfur @JoScho Surgery? Oh no, poor little pup, glad he's on the mend though x 10mo
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Head Full of Ghosts | Paul Tremblay
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Left my book at home 🤦🏼‍♀️ And then remembered there is such a thing as Kindle Desktop 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Time to download all the books 😂

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Well that was fun. #HeadTrip 4⭐️

DivineDiana I think I need to find this before Halloween! 👻 10mo
MicheleinPhilly @DivineDiana It‘s $1.99 on Kindle! 10mo
Reviewsbylola I need to know if you buy into @Cinfhen ‘s theory that it was (possibly) all caused by Merry. 😄 10mo
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