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    Teen Vogue Book Club Pick

    A Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother’s suicide. Then she starts hearing voices.

    "A rich, intricately plotted thriller.... Serritella, who is a Harvard grad herself, writes about the campus with an insider’s savvy.” (Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post)

    "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, number one New York Times best-selling author)

    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? Voices fill her head, seemingly belonging to three ghosts who passed through the university in life, or death, and whose voices, dreams, and terrors still echo the halls. 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?

    ©2020 Francesca Serritella (P)2020 Random House Audio

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    "Ghosts of Harvard is written with a masterly, focused hand, belying the fact that this is Serritella’s debut novel. The pages burn with frenetic energy and are peopled by memorable, compelling characters. The tension is palatable, the twists and surprises perfectly timed and the stakes as high as humans should be asked to endure. The end result, a novel you will long remember and characters you will want to see again. A triumph in every respect." (David Baldacci, number one New York Times best-selling author)

    "Wow, what a lively, compelling, and intoxicating debut. Ghosts of Harvard is so many things - a rumination on grief, a glimpse behind the ivory walls of a famous institution, a poignant look at mental illness, and a powerful story about the ghosts that haunt us all. Francesca Serritella is my new ‘go-to’ author." (Harlan Coben, number one New York Times best-selling author)

    "Ghosts of Harvard is a wrenchingly beautiful book. With immense heart and unwavering empathy, Francesca Serritella explores the legacy of loss and the mystery of family. It’s one of those rare novels that spirits you to a deeper understanding of your own life, one of those stories whose voice you’ll continue to hear long after you’ve turned the last page." (Bret Anthony Johnston, internationally best-selling author of Remember Me Like This)

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    • Cialynne1
    • 17/05/2020

    Okay, I finished this book

    In a previous review, I said the book was slow. I stand by that review. I bought this book solely because the author's mother is Lisa Scottoline, and I love her books. So, I thought this author would write at least similarly but she doesn't. This book takes a painful look at mental illness, specifically schizophrenia, and the havoc that disease can create for the one who suffers from it. Her portrayal of Eric Archer is true to form. Eric won't take the medicine that will allow him to have a somewhat decent life. Schizophrenics rarely do take their meds with any regularity because they believe they will not see clearly or that the meds will harm them somehow.

    Overall, the book was tolerable. However, I don't think that I will be using my credit for another book by this author. Your mileage may vary from mine, and that is okay. For me, this book simply didn't hook me at any point.

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    • Barbara S
    • 06/06/2020

    narration is perfect

    To enjoy “Ghosts of Harvard” by Francesca Serritella, one must have an interest in spirits aka ghosts. I was a huge fan of the TV series “Ghost Whisperer” and this is in the same vein. Basically, it’s not realistic fiction; beyond the ghost factor, we have a plucky Harvard Freshman who sleuths her way, by ignoring classes and classwork. Perhaps the setting should have been a third-rate university. However, there is a reason that author Serritella chose Harvard to tell her tale, and she provides that information in her Author’s Note.

    Basically, Cady, our intrepid protagonist, enrolls in Harvard to find out why her beloved schizophrenic brother, Eric, killed himself. Eric was a genius but was a noncompliant patient with a history of going off his medications. Cady is determined to discover what led Eric to commit suicide.

    While on her quest, Cady begins to hear voices in her mind. These voices are spirits who are trapped in Harvard. Each spirit either went to school at Harvard or worked there. Serritella has political reasons to use her spirits.

    In a short period, Cady unravels some secrets of her brother. She follows clues she unearthed. It’s preposterous that Cady accomplished all that she did in about a month’s time, while still attending school. Again, it’s not realistic fiction.

    What Serritella does well is show how mental illness impacts a family. Add suicide to that illness, and families fall apart. Also, I’m a huge fan of Author’s Notes and she does a great job explaining her use of the ghosts.

    This story is billed as a thriller, which it does build up to be at the last third of the story. There were a couple of obvious clues that Cady missed; however, Serritella threw in a couple of last-minute plot twists that made the read interesting.

    It’s a “so-so” read. I cannot say I’d recommend it. I listened to the audio of the story, performed by Karissa Vacker. Vacker is fantastic with her wide range of voices.

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    • Lori
    • 05/06/2020

    Excellent first novel!

    This engaging novel has something for everyone- family secrets, history, ghosts, and love. And a few other things I won’t mention (because I don’t want to spoil it)! This is a fantastic book written by a talented young writer.

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    • Elaine Cahill
    • 25/05/2020

    Brilliant author !

    Unforgettable book, incredible writing, amazing research. Francesca Serritella is a superstar author!!! Her mother must be bursting with pride!

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    • SRW
    • 16/06/2020

    Amazing! Could not stop listening!

    This book is amazing! Francesca did not disappoint-I could not sleep...I had to finish this book! Please write more books!!!

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    • E. Lewicki
    • 19/10/2020

    When the voices come calling, do you answer?

    Cady is about to embark on one of the greatest adventures in life; her freshman year in college. Even more exciting, a freshman at one of the most prestigious elite colleges. Harvard. Cady unfortunately already has a lot going on in her life. Her brother, recently diagnosed as schizophrenic, committed suicide just the year before while also attending Harvard, her parents are fighting, and she left against her mothers wishes. To add to the already piling plate of issues she has, shortly after classes resume, she starts hearing voices. Not just any voices, voices of what she believes are ghosts. But what exactly do they want from her? She has come to Harvard in hopes that she could not only follow her brothers legacy, but see if she could find out what really happened to her brother to push him to the breaking point. The more she digs around, the more she is convinced that there was more to Eric's behavior than a mental illness. With the majority of her time and energy spent on searching for more information about Eric, she starts falling behind in classes, her roommates start to pry to find out what is really going on with her, she finds her parents marriage to be more on the rocks than she thought, and she is beginning to wonder if she really is hearing ghosts, or if she is schizophrenic as well. Can Cady get to the bottom of everything before she reaches a breaking point herself pushing her over the edge? What really happened to her brother? This was a buddy read and I chose the audio version. I absolutely loved this book! The audio version really made me feel like I was a part of the story. I felt a lot of empathy towards Cady and her situation. This was a really enjoyable read.

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    • Susan 🎧Audible-a-holic🎧 Crowe
    • 14/09/2020

    WOW!!

    Well now, the apple sure doesn't fall far from the tree in this case, does it? Francesca Serritella definitely got her writing skills from her mom! This was magnificent! I loved this book so much!
    The supernatural aspect made this one of the best books i've read or listened to this year!
    Bravo, Ms. Serritella!

    Narration was wonderful too! Karissa Vacker completed this great package!

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 02/01/2021

    Good but lacking and many questions

    The book was very interesting and it kinda reflected on mental health in a positive way? The ending seemed really really rush and there’s a lot of questions it didnt answered

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    • Darrell HANSCHEN
    • 27/12/2020

    Excellent listen

    Great, well-developed, believable characters. Interesting and thought provoking analysis of mental illness and the toll suicide takes on family and friends. Intellectually stimulating ideas about the time-space continuum. Intricate plot. Definitely worth a credit.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 08/12/2020

    Wonderful First Novel

    Exciting, thoughtful, and sometimes tense with a great storyline with excellent research and interesting facts.