ISBN-13: 9780062363237
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 2 June 2015
Format: Paperback, 304 pgs
Source: Publisher

Do that title and cover image intrigue you? Well it definitely did to me. As you know, I love reading a good psychological suspense. Thrown in with a horror element and that's always a bonus to me; after all I don't watch too many horror flick so I can only indulge myself in books. Weird, I know. 

Anyway, A Head Full of Ghosts tell a story of the Barretts family and how their family is torn apart when their fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. From the start, readers have the unsettling feeling as the younger sister, Meredith (Merry), recalls her past living with her family fifteen years ago in an interview with a best-selling writer. 

Merry and Marjorie, despite their age difference of six years, are quite close and will share secrets with each other. Marjorie will always tell Merry made up stories and Merry love hearing them. However, when Marjorie's stories began to get weird and dark, Merry wonders if Marjorie is just trying to scare her or if that there is something sick and wrong with her. After all, there are times Marjorie plays (unexplainable and impossible) tricks and leaving weird notes to her. 

Seeking help from Father Wanderly seems like a solution to their dad, John Barrett, but their mother isn't convinced by everything and thinks that seeking medical assistance might be more favourable. Then, when a TV producer approaches them to have their story aired, they figured why not since the money would help the family, considering the messy state they are all in. 

While this may sound horrific to some, what makes this story stands out is not the bits of gore and horror but whether or not should we believe in Marjorie, since she'd told Merry that she'd push it along seeing how freaked out her parents are, seeing her state. Plus, she decides it helps the family, with the extra money coming from the TV show. 

The writing style and the characterisations are great; and Merry's account of what's happening in an interview to the author in between the real events allows a satisfying reading experience, allowing readers to question themselves if there's real evil at work or if Marjorie is the ultimate manipulator as they read along. This is more than a horror story in my opinion; this is a sad yet beautifully crafted story about a disturbed family and misconception and I closed the book with a heavy heart. 
12 Responses
  1. Kay Says:

    Oh, I so want to read this one. Can't remember if I already purchased this or if I was going to see about the library. I'll check that out. I'll enjoy it. I know I will. :-)

  2. I'm trying to remember if I have a copy of this one too. I think what you wrote in the end, about it being "a sad yet beautifully crafted story about a disturbed family" hooked me in the most.

  3. Melody Says:

    Kay - I look forward to your thoughts on this book, Kay. :)

  4. Melody Says:

    Wendy - It's one extraordinary story, I can say. Can't wait to hear your thoughts too. :)

  5. Darlene Says:

    Hi Melody! Sorry I've been away from reading your blog for so long. I'm starting to get myself back into the swing of things now. I really want to read this book. I noticed it the other day and it sounds awesome.

  6. Melody Says:

    Hi Dar! Thanks for stopping by! I hope things are going on well for you. I enjoyed reading this book; it was something different from the other books I read. I hope you'll enjoy reading it too when you get to it.

  7. Glad you liked it! I was completely drawn in by the title and cover. Reading it very soon!

  8. Melody Says:

    Diana - Thanks for visiting! Don't that title and cover look good? I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I did!

  9. This sounds so good. I'm so glad I checked out your blog. Thank you so much! Adding this to my MUST read shelf. So excited!!

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  10. Melody Says:

    Paula - Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog! :) I hope you'll enjoy reading this book.

  11. jenclair Says:

    This sounds so suspenseful! I usually like books that keep me from forming an opinion too soon.

  12. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - What I found it so captivating about this story is part of the horror factor and that you wouldn't know what to believe given Marjorie's account. It was a very intriguing read.

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