04 May 2015

A Head Full of Ghosts; Paul Tremblay

A Head Full of GhostsA Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You want unreliable narrators? Here are several of them, all versions of the same person. There's Merry-at-eight (but filtered through her 23-year-old memories), Merry-at-twenty-three, and Merry-as-Karen-the-blogger. And, just to make things a little more interesting, the author is somewhat unreliable, as he name drops so many influences (Room 237 and The Exorcist, to name two) while leaving out the most obvious one (no spoilers here, but if you know horror, you'll figure it out pretty quickly). All those narrators, all unreliable for one reason or another, and by the end it's not quite clear whether we actually know the truth about what happened to Marjorie, John or the Barrett family. For me, a little less pop culture would have worked better, but overall a solid 4.5.

ARC provided by publisher.

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