A Head Full of Ghosts

A Head Full of Ghosts

I really enjoy books that disturb me.  I know that is strange.  That being said, Head Full of Ghosts was one of the most disturbing novels I have read in a long time.  I just loved it!  The person telling the story is the youngest daughter in the family.  As an adult she is meeting with a writer to tell the story of her infamous family for a biography.  The older daughter, Marjorie, is having some troubling issues as a teenager that eventually prompts the father into calling the local priest for an exorcism. 

To add to the chaos in the family, the exorcism is turned into a reality television documentary in order to help the family make money.  The reader is captivated by Merry, the youngest daughter’s retelling of the events of this dysfunctional family.  This is an emotional roller coaster ride as the reader becomes attached to Merry and, in my case, her older sister Marjorie as well.  I was constantly asking myself, “Why are these things are happening?”  Are these behaviors the result of demonic possession, mental illness, greed, or a cry for help? 

I can’t tell you the answer to these questions, but I will tell you that it was a page turner right up until the very end of the book.  When I read the final page, all I could do was sit back and say, “Wow! Just, Wow!”   This is not a book that I will forget anytime soon.  It is no wonder that there is already buzz that a Head Full of Ghosts movie will be made with Robert Downey, Jr.