Ghosts of Harvard

Ghosts of Harvard 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 I could not put this novel down and read for 2 days straight only taking breaks to sleep and eat Absolutely outstanding and a novel that will stay with me FOREVER Francesca Serritella, is a local celebrity to me She and her Mother, Lisa Scottoline, have delighted readers with their chick wit books and columns Francesca is real, thoughtful, open and raw I have gotten the chance to meet her and have been awaiting the arrival of this book for years I must say IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT.GHOSTS OF HARVARD transcends genre classification It is a psychological thriller with twists and turns, it is emotional suspense with heavy layered family drama, characters that are multi dimensional and real, it is part ghost story full of haunting a and it is so beautifully written that it takes on a lyrical aspect While reading, I felt myself walking the scenic campus of Harvard, got lost in the historical buildings and beauty of Cambridge Throughout reading some of the scenes drove me to tears and were so beautifully written that I had to stop reading to be able to process fully and savor what I had just read I loved the character of Cady I felt she was so beautifully written and I wanted to know her Her naivety as a freshman trying to navigate so many emotions made me connect to her I loved how open she was with herself but it felt real how closed off she was with others I admire Francesca so much for not only writing this novel and persevering through the years it took to make her dream of being a novelist a reality, but also for pouring so much emotion onto the page She did so much research and also put so much of herself into these pages and the vulnerability And the rawness made the novel feel so real.Francesca Serritella has written a novel that I will put in the hands of every reader I see Fans of Jodi Picoult will love the emotion, fans of Kate Morton, Camille DiMaio and Fiona Davis will love how the setting takes on its on character and fans of Lisa Scottoline will love the twists and turns and Action.Congratulations Francesca You already had a fan in me from your columns and our personal interactions You are absolutely amazing Thanks to the author, Random House and netgalley for an early read Counting down the days until May 5 when I can share this with so many others 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. 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 much complicated 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 learns of 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.

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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 480 pages
  • Ghosts of Harvard
  • Francesca Serritella
  • 05 May 2019
  • 9780525510369

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