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Publisher Description

WINNER OF THE 2015 BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A NOVEL

A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror, reminiscent of Stephen King's The Shining, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, and William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist.

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.

To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.

Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface—and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2015
June 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
William Morrow
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
1.1
MB

Customer Reviews

mjm11983 ,

Excellent read!

Great modern day twist on a classic horror theme.

nowayno61 ,

A Head Full of Ghosts

Total surprise! I literally could not put it down. I had never heard of the author before and got the book on a whim. What a treat. It’s certainly a sleeper because it really should be a best seller on The NY Times Top Ten List. The writing, the story, the characters, especially the protagonist, are all as close to perfect as great fiction can be. I look forward to reading the author again. What an absolutely pleasant surprise. It’s worth your time to read it and I highly recommend you do. You’ll be recommending it to everyone as well!

Ace of Stace ,

Took my breath away....

I’m a relatively hardcore horror fan (classy horror: decent plot, well-developed characters, a story line that hasn’t been “reimagined” 1000 times, etc). I cut my teeth on Stephen King, who shall always reside at the top of my horror novelist shrine. But this book absolutely scared the hell out of me and left my jaw visibly dropped. Unique, terrifying, well-written....praise I rarely find in my heart, in this genre. If you are a true horror fan, you owe it to yourself to read this book.

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