A Harvard Freshman Becomes Obsessed With Her Schizophrenic Brother S Suicide Then She Starts Hearing Voices Every Time I Thought I Knew Where Ghosts Of Harvard Was Heading, I Turned Out To Be Wrong Part Mystery, Part Ghost Story, Part Psychological Thriller, This Novel Is All Entertainment Jodi Picoult,New York Times Bestselling Author Of A Spark Of Light Cadence Archer Arrives On Harvard S Campus Desperate To Understand Why Her Brother, Eric, A Genius Who Developed Paranoid Schizophrenia Took His Own Life There The Year Before Losing Eric Has Left A Black Hole In Cady S Life, And While Her Decision To Follow In Her Brother S Footsteps Threatens To Break Her Family Apart, She Is Haunted By Questions Of What She Might Have Missed And There S Only One Place To Find Answers As Cady Struggles Under The Enormous Pressure At Harvard, She Investigates Her Brother S Final Year, Armed Only With A Blue Notebook Of Eric S Cryptic Scribblings She Knew He Had Been Struggling With Paranoia, Delusions, And Illusory Enemies But What Tipped Him Over The Edge With Her Suspicions Mounting, Cady Herself Begins To Hear Voices, Seemingly Belonging To Three Ghosts Who Walked The University S Hallowed Halls Or Huddled In Its Slave Quarters Among Them Is A Person Whose Name Has Been Buried For Centuries, And Another Whose Name Mankind Will Never Forget Does She Share Eric S Illness, Or Is She Tapping Into Something Else Cady Doesn T Know How Or Why These Ghosts Are Contacting Her, But As She Is Drawn Deeper Into Their Worlds, She Believes They Re Moving Her Closer To The Truth About Eric, Even As Keeping Them Secret Isolates Her Further Will Listening To These Voices Lead Her To The One Voice She Craves Her Brother S Or Will She Follow Them Down A Path To Her Own Destruction 4.5 rounded up This book was a fun time I was instantly excited by the collegiate setting and by the description noting the connection to schizophrenia, which I find equal parts terrifying and fascinating I found the characters to be well developed and the mystery to have a slow but satisfying burn I will say I don t completely love the rationale behind the voices Cady hears, but I do love the significance of them and what they added to the story though I have my feelings about the love story I look forward tofrom this author Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this in exchange for my honest opinion This book will be available on May fifth.Hmm where to begin with this book I rarely give trigger warnings, instead describing books as harsh if they discuss heavier subjects, but in this case I think I need to add a trigger warning Suicide is an ongoing theme throughout this book It s mentioned in the blurb, so it s not hidden or anything, but if that s something you don t want to read about, you might want to skip this review.I actually almost gave up on this book multiple times Parts of it hit too close to home and brought up feelings from my own mental illness diagnosis bipolar 1, diagnosed during high school Fun times I prefer not to think about that time in my life, so this book was difficult for me.So, why did I finish it Because Francesca Serritella is an extremely talented author If she wasn t, I would have had no problem reading this book Instead, she made the characters easy to connect to I felt for Eric as his illness was spoken about I was heartbroken on his behalf when people felt embarrassed by him I can t say I understand fully how schizophrenia works, other than that it has some symptoms that overlap with bipolar, but I can absolutely relate to the feelings of loneliness a mental illness diagnosis can carry with it.This book is about Cady Eric s sister and her decision to follow in her deceased brother s footsteps to discover what led to his death by suicide She learns that things are muchcomplicated than she originally thought He was a paranoid schizophrenic as well as a brilliant young man with tons of potential a diagnosis is not an identity , and as he came close to the end of his life, he began to think he was being followed and was in danger As Cady learnsof who her brother was, she begins to wonder was he right At the same time, Cady begins hearing voices that no one else hears She starts to question whether she might have the same mental illness as her brother Needless to say, this scares her What made me sad about this is that she was so afraid to mention her concerns to anyone Again, the stigma against mental illness rears its ugly head.This book was very well written, but I would never be able to reread it And, honestly, I felt that the ending diminished the rest of the book a bit It felt out of place and took me me out of the story However, the author wrote a compelling story, even though it was most definitely a harsher one.If you struggle with suicidal ideation, I strongly suggest you skip this book It is a good one, but ultimately it wasn t for me. This book to me seemed all over the place I thought the parts about Cady going to Harvard to figure out the reasons why her brother killed himself were written well and it pulled you in to try and figure out where her head was at as well as his but some of the others really seemed far fetched and were hard to keep up with I really do not fully understand why the ghosts talked to her and what it had to do with her brother s death but that could just be me and not understanding the theme of the book The mystery behind Eric s relationship with Professor Prokop intrigued me and how she played into his mental illness Thank you to netgalley and Random House for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for my honest review. One of the best books I ve ever read It is everything you could ever want in a book The story is emotional, engrossing, and surprising You will race through the pages and then want to go back and savor every word You will learn, you will cry, and you will think about the book long after you put it down A book club must Just received in ARC, looking forward to this A Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother s suicide Then she starts hearing voices. Every time I thought I knew where Ghosts of Harvard was heading, I turned out to be wrong Part mystery, part ghost story, part psychological thriller, this novel is all entertainment Jodi Picoult, 1 New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light This is my most anticipated novel of 2020 I have really enjoyed Francesca s previous work for several years But this novel debut will be a blockbuster hit for her She is about to become a superstar. Okay, so I actually did not finish this because I was terribly bored 30 pages in. Crossing my fingers and toes This sounds awesome Thank you to Random House via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Francesca Serritella is a bestselling author and columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer She graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, the Le Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Prize, and the Charles Edmund Horman Prize for her creative writing She lives in New York with one dog and one cat, so far.
- 480 pages
- Ghosts of Harvard
- Francesca Serritella
- 02 July 2017 Francesca Serritella