The lives of the Barretts, a suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to halt 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, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show.Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie's younger sister, Merry. As she recalls the terrifying events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories begin to surface-and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed.
A standalone blend of literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror from the award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts. For fans of Stephen King, Shirley Jackson and Mark Z. Danielewski.
"A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I'm pretty hard to scare." Stephan King. "Weather psychological or supernatural, this is a work of deviously subtle horror." Publishers Weekly (starred review) on A Head Full of Ghosts.
Paul Tremblay is a multiple Bram Stoker Award finalist and author of the crime novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland. He has served as the president of the board of directors of the Shirley Jackson Awards, and his essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and numerous year's-best anthologies. He has a master's degree in mathematics and lives outside Boston with his wife and two children.