Since October is the month of all things scary, I thought now would be a good time to recommend a horror novel. So today I will be recommending A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay.
A Head Full of Ghosts is a paranormal horror novel that focuses on a family who has a child that may or may not be possessed. One thing leads to another and soon the whole family finds themselves in the middle of a reality TV show, whilst trying to help their daughter. The story’s premise is sort of like The Exorcist meets Big Brother.
What makes A Head Full of Ghosts stand out is that the story is being told by the younger sister of the ‘possessed’ girl who was a younger child at the time of the possession. I love the whole unreliable narrator element because it means we don’t know if we can take what Merry (the younger daughter) says at face value or whether the events were distorted by the mind of a child who’s sister was mentally unwell.
The last few chapters of the book completely threw me off guard, in a good way and delivered an ending I was not expecting. A Head Full of Ghosts is overly gory or truly terrifying, which makes it a good introduction to the horror genre, if you have yet to read any horror novels. It does have some scenes and language that makes it not recommended for younger readers.
If you were looking for a novel that explores the question: what would happen in today’s world of reality TV, if someone was suspected of being possessed? Then I recommend you read A Head Full of Ghost by Paul Tremblay.
Have you read A Head Full of Ghosts? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!