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A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

kariharumi's review against another edition

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dark emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

wonkywishes's review against another edition

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challenging dark tense fast-paced

5.0

leonjgonzalez's review against another edition

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dark mysterious sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

njdarkish's review against another edition

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3.0

This book was fine. An interesting schizophrenia story framed in the context of retelling a the story of a present-day exorcism. There were a lot of things I liked about the book-- I thought there were some truly creepy moments and I liked that there was some ambiguity about the illness versus the potential for demonic possession.
However, I had a few problems with the book as well. Particularly, the blog sections. I've learned from other reviews that apparently the blog sections were based on a real Goodreads reviewer, but even still they felt very contrived to me. Well, maybe contrived isn't the right word. I guess it was that they annoyed me, and the idea that a blog like that (with so many dad-jokes and parenthetical asides intended to point out how clever the author is) would be picked up by Fangoria or really any horror mag seemed really unrealistic to me. I hated each of those sections. I also really didn't like any of the characters except 8-year-old Merry, which made me significantly less invested in the story. I think it would have helped if they had shown more of what made the relationship between the sisters good before the illness/possession stuff started creeping in.

nfoster's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious sad tense
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character

4.0

newsteadlibrary's review

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dark mysterious sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.75

sab228's review against another edition

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dark mysterious sad tense slow-paced

3.5

kaleereads's review against another edition

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5.0

this book will stay with me for a long time. tremblay plays with ambiguity so hauntingly. one of my favorites.

anne_eventually's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

giulizard's review

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dark emotional mysterious sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

4.5