Head Full of Ghosts

Head Full of Ghosts

A Novel

eBook - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:
A chilling domestic drama that blends psychological suspense with a touch of modern horror from a new, brilliantly imaginative master. 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 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...
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : HarperCollins Publishers 2015.
ISBN: 9780062363251
Characteristics: 1 online resource (304 pages)

Related Resources


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Oct 27, 2017

The most intriguing aspect of this story is the question of what the truth is and what actually happened. The "possession"/possession is filmed for TV with all the exaggerations, suggestions and nuances that come with it, which affects Merry's recollection years later as she tells the story to the reporter and works through it in her pseudonymous blog. Incorporating the unreliability of memory was clever and mirrors our own conflicting opinions on what's happening. I really enjoyed the blog posts discussing each episode spliced between the retelling of actual events. And yeah, there's a twist, but overall it fell flat for me. I didn't feel any atmospheric buildup, characters were pretty banal (kid-Merry was insanely annoying for me, but that's beside the point), and I would've liked some introspective passages for each character at various points - for example, give us an insight into the confessional bits. Also, the cover is creepier than the book. Ultimately: meh.

Mar 26, 2017

Was a bit put off with the blog writing and the slow build-up to the story. I was even thinking about returning it without having finished reading the story. However, the writer is good as far as invoking imagery that can really put you in the settings. And the wrap-up was so good that I went back and read all of the parts I'd skipped.

Mar 11, 2017

Sometimes book covers just don't live up to the book. Came across this book by chance, read the cover and was totally intrigued. I started this book but literally had to force myself to sit down and read it, skipping ahead and reading little blurbs I kept thinking that it was going to get better (and maybe it does judging from the other reviews) but for me I just couldn't get there. Only made it about a third of the way through.

Jan 31, 2017

Head Full of Ghosts is a great book for those looking for a fresh read in the world of horror. It combines pop culture, and horror in away that takes some getting used to, but the end pays off in a big way. Don't let the blog post style chapters ruin it for you, like they almost did for me. It's worth it!

Jan 02, 2017

Just a truly excellent book, start to finish.

Dec 27, 2016

Wow! Excellent horror fiction. Plot is young girl (Marjorie) exhibits eerie and frightening behaviorisms; family hires exorcist and allows the exorcism to be filmed by a reality show because they are in deep financial trouble. Fast forward to 15 years later where her now adult little sister is being interviewed.

The characters (including Marjorie herself) repeatedly question whether or not she's truly possessed or is faking it. However, there are several things Marjorie does that are not physically and humanly possible. So I know what my guess is!

Very creepy, very chilling and oh so satisfying to read!!

Amy_MarkhamPL Dec 15, 2016

Terrifying, devastating, and just so, so smart. This is a book that haunted me for months after finishing it.

VaughanPLKasey Dec 02, 2016

This book is about as close to perfect as it is possible to be. Quietly chilling, and devastatingly real-feeling.

Oct 25, 2016

For a full review (and other reviews too!) visit my blog, Clues and Reviews

Wow. I am absolutely floored after reading this book.

The story follows the Barrett family as they struggle with issues surrounding their teenage daughter, Marjorie. Initially, Marjorie begins to do quirky things like sneaking into her sister’s room at night and arranging her posters strangely in her soon. As the story moves on, more strange and disturbing things begin to happen as Marjorie becomes increasingly paranoid. Seeking answers (and feeling desperate), the family patriarch turns to the church believing his daughter is the victim of demonic possession. Now comes the twist, the family decides to become featured on a reality television show (called The Possession) as they attempt to exorcise Marjorie and cleanse their family.

The novel left me constantly questioning. Are these people crazy? Is Marjorie truly possessed? Is she mentally ill? Could this really be happening? The novel really played on the concepts of good vs. evil and appearance vs. reality.

I loved the ending of this novel. It was a twist I was not expecting and Tremblay did an amazing job at keeping it a complete secret until the last chapter. Normally, I pride myself on being able to connect the dots and guess the ending. Not with this novel! I was absolutely shocked.

Paul Tremblay does an excellent job weaving a story that will please all different types of readers. I found this novel to be a perfect blend of a horror, a supernatural, and a psychological thriller. This book will leave me reeling for a while.


Jul 17, 2016

I just finished reading this book. I did enjoy it, but from what Stephen King has said about this book, it left me wondering...where is the part that scared Stephen King?! (whom said he does not scare easily)

I do recommend this book to those who are into horror/paranormal, as it is more a homage to other classic horror films in a way than it is scary, and is worth a read.

It just left me wishing there was more of an oomph to it.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

Nov 11, 2015

VV12 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at ORL

To Top