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.
#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.
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”✔️
Continuing my TBR project:
This is one the oldest selection on my TBR list - Originally added August 29, 2015.
Reading in bed ... Ahhh
Trying to read outside while Mack plays, but this is making it difficult!
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.....
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.....
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
🥔Mashed potatoes and gravy!
🤩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!
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.
Just me and the cat this morning. Hoping to finish this in the next hour.
One of the best books I‘ve read all year! I couldn‘t do anything except read this book until it was finished!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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
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
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 😍
I think it's time to finally dive into this one! 👻👀
WOW! I didn't see that ending coming. It's going to take me a while to digest this one.
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!
My little buddy and I are enjoying this audiobook on our drive. Pretty intense so far.
Well that was fun. #HeadTrip 4⭐️