A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay is the story of the Barrett family, and particularly the issue of their 14 year old daughter Marjorie, told mostly through the eyes of her 8 year old sister Merry.
Marjorie seems to be a little strange. Either mentally unhinged, or as her father (John Barrett) thinks, possessed. John has been out of work for a year, so the family has also been struggling financially. With rising medical bills, and when the doctors can’t help, her father brings in a priest to perform an exorcism and at the same time, a television crew to document the family’s problems (for money). So the whole event is captured on Reality TV.
15 years later, Merry meets with a reporter to tell the full story. Or is it.
This book will leave you wondering. What is true, what is not. Was Marjorie possessed? Was she crazy? Was the father? What part did Merry play? And where was Mommy during this–drunk???
Troubling, disturbing, but well-written and highly captivating book !
Favorite Quote from A Head Full of Ghosts: “Are you good at keeping secrets, Merry?” “I’m better than some.” I pause, then add, “More often than not, they keep me,” only because it sounds simultaneously mysterious and pithy.”