Saturday, May 2, 2015

Pre Pub Book Buzz: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

As is the case with a lot of my Pre Pub Book Buzz titles, as soon as I heard about the release of Paul Tremblay's latest I just had to get my hands on a copy! Tremblay isn't new to me. I read his book The Little Sleep back in 2009 when it was released by Holt and really enjoyed it. In fact, lots of folks enjoyed it - it was nominated for an Edgar that year. There was a follow up but somehow I hadn't heard about anything else after that. Until it was announced that he was working on A Head Full of Ghosts, that is. (He did release other work between the second Mark Genevich title and Head, I simply missed them.)

Anywho, you all know I'll bend over backwards to make room for more horror in my reading plans but even taking that into account Tremblay's latest does sound superb. Here's a bit about the book from Goodreads:

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.

See what I mean? The book's already got a starred review from PW as well. 

A Head Full of Ghosts is due out in June from William Morrow. 'Til then, you can find Paul over on his website here.

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