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A Head Full of Ghosts

A Head Full of GhostsA Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a word, masterful. Tremblay creates a cast of normal characters in the Barrett family — normal, yet still compelling thanks to the author’s deft hand with characterization — and puts them in a frightening, abnormal situation. Were this a true a story, it would be all too easy to see how things could spin out of control the way they do in the novel, and that awful authenticity is the true source of its horror. A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS is garnering a lot of praise, and it earns every glowing word. The year’s only half over, but this is already one of my favorite books of the year. Don’t miss it.

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