35 starsI enjoyed this novel of
POSSESSIONPSYCHOLOGICAL HORRORREALITY TELEVISION BUT I DIDN horrorreality television but I didn out and out love it It s almost impossible to tell you why without spoilers but I ll try Here s what I liked the most the shout outs to other authors in the dark fiction genre I m sure I didn t pick p on them all but I love being made to I m sure I didn t pick p on them all but I love being to like I m in on something the references to other characters in dark fiction classics one of which is obvious and since she was a most fascinating character to me in her first appearance she was fascinating to me in this one too the subtle and sometimes not so subtle references to reality television and what it does not only to viewers but to those being filmed What I did not like wasview spoiler the number of twists at the end The first one I lurved and actually did the literary version of a double take when I read it The second one I did like but it felt over the top to me Though it really cemented the shout out to that fascinating character I mentioned above hide spoiler I didn t know whether to give this book 5 stars or 1 so I m meeting in the middleYes it scared me In fact it s exactly 241 am and I m awake because of this book And I have to pee but I m too scared to go to the bathroom by myself and if I wake p my fiance to turn on the bathroom light and wait for me he will think I m some sort of mixture between stupid and crazy And he would probably be rightThere are some problems with this book including the pacing the believability of the 8 year old s suspiciously adult like explanations and descriptions and the Jedidiahs Bride (Lancaster County Weddings unnecessary addition of Karen the blogger I love the real Karen from Goodreads that this character was modeled after but it doesn t change the fact that the authorsed the blogger to explain things in the story because he must think we re incapable of following his story on our own and that we have the I of a potatoOh but he shows great promise though Never nderestimate the power of fear that can be drilled into people s hearts when telling stories about mental illness The schizophrenia wasn t the frightening issue for me It was the paranoia It wasn t the idea of demon possession either It was the possibility that paranoia can cause nspeakable evil to be committed in this world There are people who are not to be trusted and whether or not it s their fault is irrelevant Just the possibility that someone can smile while they commit horrific acts is enough to make my blood run cold CREEPY AFThis made my horror loving heart so happy Once I picked it Swept Away (Harlequin Blaze up I could NOT stop readingI must say reading this on a very dark flight home from the Dominican Republicpped the creep factor a full 10 points I was jumping at the slightest noise and just wishing I could turn on a lightLife Advice Read this in the darkest room possible Candlelight this bitch if you have tooOne of the things that has really stuck with me about this book the format I just felt like it was such a clever way to tell this particular storyAs my first Tremblay I was hella impressed It s safe to say I will continue to pick p anything he writes This book blew me away I might have to come back and alter my review because I m not entirely sure how to process this bookAll I will say about the plot is it revolves around the Barrett family and we are trying to solve the puzzle of 14 year old Marjorie s illness Is she mentally ill Is she possessed by a demon Anything would spoil it all and I refuse to do such a thingThis is definitely a book that will stay with me While it s not overly gory or scary in the traditional sense it IS severely creepy and disturbing with a slow building sense of rgency I found myself flipping pages Too Wild to Hold (Legendary Lovers uickly as the ending drew near I also enjoyed the blogging entries which had a very familiar air about them I really enjoyed Karen s two cents and felt like I was reading thoughts from a personal friendI truly believe this book made its mark on me by how I still feel connected to this tragic family they were haunting and sad Well done Mr Tremblay for concocting such a terrifying and tragic story that kept me turning the pages I m looking forward to checking out his other book paul tremblay interviews me or me here book is about a fourteen year old girl named marjorie her eight year. 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 schizophreniaTo her parents' despair the doctors arenable 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
the psychological but no matter which way you lean at the end there are prickly stickers that will make youpsychological but no matter which way you lean at the end there are prickly stickers that will make you your choice but tremblay adds another layer on top of this familiar storyline with the reality show element and in life s delicious synchronicity my reading of the book coincided with my starting to watch black mirror so all the themes of suffering as entertainment and the complicity of the viewer in demanding and therefore perpetuating another person s humiliation is fresh in my mind two things right off the bat he doesn t fall into the ready trap of Either Satire Or Preachiness satire or preachiness is not wry chuckling at reality teevee and the ethical ramifications are put forth in very natural ways by characters who would indeed estion these things so it doesn t feel like reader directed shame on you which makes it better than black mirror but i ve only seen two episodes and now let s get to the best part of the book MEEEEEEthe karen brissette character writes a horror blog which is running a 15 year anniversary feature on the show it s not ME me but it s clearly written by someone who has read a review or two of mine while i would never se the word funky or would never se the word funky or say anything in r lyehian there is a very familiar enthusiasm and a chatty distracted voice that both delighted me and made me suirm a little when i was reading it in my head in my voice i m a little alarmed that i am so easy to parodyspoof it actually reads like a mash After Hours up of me and pms where the thinky parts sound like her and the puppy energy parts sound like me and i so cringed when karen dropped that dasnheimliche thing because YES that is something i have done WHEN APPROPRIATE but i did feel a miniature shame for it to be pointed out and except for the The Innocents Dark Seduction ugly capital letters sprinkled throughout her blog posts there s somethingncanny DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE also something the book reminds me that i do stalk much tremblay about the voice And we. F 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 than a year and the medical bills looming the family agrees to be filmed and soon find themselves the From Father to Son (A Brothers Word 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 ofrba.