POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD!
I am making a conscience effort not to spoil, but leaks happen.
Welcome to a new feature I think I'm going to start doing. I'm calling it "Grown-Up Book Reports". It's been FOREVER since I've last posted on this blog. Like a lady's age, I'm not saying how long it's been. Just know I've had Blogger's Block due to a lot of reasons. Having said that, here's a quick update on our family sitch...
I've had to rejoin the full-time work force. We are at a point in our lives where me not working is no longer something we can afford. Since this past March, I am on my 4th job. This one is temp-to-hire so here's hoping come December, they will see me worthy enough to keep! I am doing Data Entry with a GREAT company here in Spokane. I was lucky enough to win the team lottery (not a literal one) and was pulled into an amazing team that is small and still new, department wise, to the company. I love my coworkers, my supervisor is kind, and despite the early hours I have to wake-up, it's a job worth waking-up this early for.
Having said this, it is a tedious job so having quality listening material is key. I have learned to appreciate audio books. As it is, I have listened to 6-7 books now. Just this morning, I have finished one suggested by Stephen King of all people! There was an article where he was asked about the X amount books he's read that scared the bejebus out of him! I looked all of them up on Hoopla Digital, a library app the Spokane Public Library System utilizes, and a small handful had them in audio form. The above pictured book is one of them.
This story is called "A Head Full of Ghosts" by Paul Tremblay. This book was something else. It hits along the vein of "The Exorcist", "The Exorcism of Emily Rose", and other cliche exorcism stories. As a matter of fact, the narrator of this story is very much aware of this fact. But because this book was endorsed by "The King" of Horror himself (pun intended), I stayed the course. I promise you, it pays off. Even the ending made me said "wait a minute...NO...I SAID WAIT A MINUTE!!!".
The book essentially is told by the main protagonist, Merry. She is 23 years old and is being interviewed by a journalist about the experience that happened to her family when she was only 8. The "affected" person in the story is her 14 year-old sister, Marjorie. Marjorie was diagnosed with Schizo-Effective Disorder (formerly known as Schizophrenia). Schizo-Effective Disorder (SED) is a mental disability in which you have chronic auditory and/or visual hallucinations. It can manifest as disembodies voices, seeing things that aren't there, and so on. Other symptoms include Paranoia, Anxiety, Depression, and so on. I encourage you to Google it. I had a friend with this affliction and it can be absolutely debilitating. Eventually, the family become desperate due to their familial circumstances that include, but wasn't limited to the eldest daughter's mentality that they agree to turn their lives into a reality television show that centered around her illness.
"But wait? Didn't you say this story was about exorcisms?" I did. The father of the story eventually goes behind his wife's back and takes the Marjorie to a priest and has him declare the girl possessed by A DEMON! It was never made 100% clear, but I'm certain it was the dad's idea to bring in the TV people to made a reality show to focus on the daughter, but on the platform that she is possessed and NOT on her having a mental illness.
I'm going to stop the book description here so as to not spoil much more of the book. Just know that in the end, things end in ways that you may not expect. Not only is there the physical aspects that will creep you out, but there is PLENTY of the psychological going on here, too. Many times have I been left wondering things like "Is she really?" or "Nooo...that wouldn't happen unless..." and even "HOLD-UP! WHAT?!"
Again, this story does start like a lot like classic and now cliche exorcism stories & movies of cinema & literature past, but the narrator is VERY aware of this. Merry alludes to this herself and even calls each title by specific name. But unlike those stories, there are elements that do keep you reading BECAUSE once you start thinking "Where does it get different", it gets different.
If you're a fan of horror, thrill, and psychological, I highly recommend this story.