Paul Tremblay in A head full of ghost adds a contemporary twist in the possession story. The exorcist for the i-phone generation.
Something is not right in the Barrett’s home 14 year old Marjory maybe descending in to madness, Mr Barrett has found religion and Mrs Barrett is trying to hold it all together while young Merry is trying to make sense of it all. All set against the backdrop of Pa Barrett losing his well paid Job. In a way it’s a normal story of middle class family trying to make ends meet. But something more sinister is afoot and the family maybe able to make a quick buck with the magic of TV. Years after the events Merry sits down to tell her story to a journalist.
Tremblay writes a fast paced story, jumping between time zones using present day Merry and 8 year old Merry along with numerous blog posts critic each episode of the TV show.
Each character is well fault out and develops nicely through the story allowing the reader to be engaged with the cast and at times building sympathy, revolution and sometimes hate. There is enough in there to keep the reader gripped.
What allows the book to be as good as it is, Tremblay builds his world with gusto and creates a totally believable scenario. You believe that Barrett has found religion and that how he believes the TV show “The possession” is the best way forward. You believe that the TV production crew would behave like that, Tremblay catches the slew of TV ghost hunting shows and manages to put it on the page.
But at the end I was angry with Tremblay at the end, I wont mention the ending but it will make you think and you may even feel cheated. The Journey to get cheated is well crafted and as they say it is better to travel than to arrive.