“A Head Full of Ghosts,” by Paul Tremblay

At once an old-fashioned demonic possession story and a highly modern disruption of the genre, this book started off as a slow build and ramped up to a real page-turner.

The characters seem very, very real, and the plot kept me wondering what was really, really happening all the while.

I love the way the book name-checks so many works of horror in film and literature, and how it both embraces and disdains so many horror tropes — and still manages to be unsettling.

I think parents are likely to feel this book deep in their bones in a way that non-parents might not. Tremblay managed to make me empathize with each and every member of this tormented family.

I absolutely will look for more by Paul Tremblay.


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