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

10 thoughts on “Ghosts of Harvard

  1. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    I love the books bring out so many feeling you ve bottled up inside I felt fear, grief, sadness and I also get confused, wanted to cry but some parts I really sat on the edge of my couch The most beautiful thing about the book is realistic, honest but also genuine story telling This is psychological overwhelming, powerful, intense, thought provoking, riveting reading about a girl s search for the answers behind the suicide of her brother The family s grieving process and enduring the aftermath of losing a child is one of the excruciatingly painful experience The guilt, the unanswered questions, what ifs, what could be done s are gnarling inside them They want to move on but they cannot They want their pain subside but it never disappears completely Cady decides to attend Harvard for her education as like her brother Eric did before he was ending his life As soon as Cady starts digging up and learning about from his past, she finds herself at the point of no return So many twists that we cannot see it coming and surprises are thrown into our laps This book is a family s dealing with a loved one s death, Cady s questioning herself about the thin line between madness and reality because she finds herself dealing with illusions, hearing voices, fighting with paranoia and invisible enemies so does she follow the same path with her brother Will her faith be the same with him It s intriguing, isn t it This book hooks you from the beginning with its riveting, interesting, mind blowing writing So do you want to know what will happen next You know the drill grab it, flip the pages and get lost in words I enjoyed this reading and thanks to publishing company for putting this amazing author on my radar Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House for sharing this incredible ARC with me in exchange my honest review bloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  2. Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill says:

    This is a book that revolves around the suicide of a family member and how the family struggles to cope and understand The writing is impeccable The writer spent a great deal of time researching and fine tuning it down to every detail It was very impressive After Eric takes his own life one night in April on the campus of Harvard His sister Cady decided to follow in his footsteps and attend Harvard She longs to find answers to the questions she has about her brother s last days.The story takes an odd turn as Cady starts hearing voices once she gets to Harvard Yet they are not the voice of her brother but people from the past People that have lived in these very buildings around her and made up the history of this school She panics as she realizes that the first sign her brother had were voices in his head She worries that genetics may be taking her down the same road Except these voices are telling her things that are historically true Is the stress of it all triggering the first symptoms of schizophrenia or is she truly having a supernatural experience within the walls of Harvard Although I did enjoy the story, it was a very slow burn for me I knew from the blurb that it would be based on suicide and mental illness but I expected of that to be part of the story and not the majority of it There is alot of talk about suicide and it was a bit hard to push through at times It was beautifully written and a very impressive amount of research was done into the the arts, physics and history of the University I was hoping for a bit of a ghostly eerie, gothic vibe I am sure many will really enjoy this story though, it just wasn t for me.Thank you so much to Random House for this ARC.

  3. Marisa Marisa says:

    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

  4. Vonda Vonda says:

    This book had promise, but it went south fairly quickly Cady goes to Harvard to chase the ghost of her brother who had committed suicide there the year prior Is she spiraling into schizophrenia as her brother did as she uncovers deep secrets The book was far too slow and flat Such a shame..

  5. Nenia ❤️️ I hate everything you love ❤️️ Campbell Nenia ❤️️ I hate everything you love ❤️️ Campbell says:

    It s a mystery with an academic setting.SOLD


    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.

  7. PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps says:

    Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of GHOSTS OF HARVARD by Francesca Serritella in exchange for my honest review 4.5 STARSOnly months after Cadence s schizophrenic brother Eric committed suicide at Harvard, she begins her freshman year at the prestigious university Soon she begins hearing voices Wondering if she inherited Eric s mental illness with auditory hallucinations as a symptom, Cady also considers she s hearing the purported GHOSTS OF HARVARD others have heard for decades Cadence also searches for answers about her brother s last months including his scientific research Danger lurks nearby, but is that peril in her head or from outside sources Francesca Serritella s debut novel follows her humor essays penned with her mother, best selling writer Lisa Scottoline A talent in her own right, Serritella s word building is compulsively readable Though GHOSTS OF HARVARD gets off to a slow start with backstory, after about 20% the pace picked up I loved Cadence Her earnestness, kindness and smarts had me rooting for her from page one I didn t like her mom one bit and had difficulty seeing her as multidimensional, even while understanding she was mourning her son Throwing Cady under the bus and canonizing Eric hit too close to home for me I enjoyed Cadence so much, I imagined seeing her in a sequel.GHOSTS OF HARVARD is the first of what I predict will be many well written novels by Francesca Serritella.

  8. Amy Imogene Reads Amy Imogene Reads says:

    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.

  9. Janet Janet says:

    When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 250 pages hour, so yes, I have read the book and many today LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .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 1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult 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 This is a deeply interesting book on so many levels suicide, mental illness, the Ivy Leagues, ghosts, and trying to keep up with classes and homework That s a lot to deal with and once you think that you know where the story is going, it goes another direction It is a hard novel to describe but I can just say one definite thing read this book Then read it at book club Then read it and recommend it to your family, friends and every single person you know.As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis outside of their incessant use by ed Social Influencer Millennials BachelorNation survivors Tik Tok and YouTube Millionaires etc on Instagram and Twitter Get a real job, people so let s give it

  10. Laura plantladyreader Laura plantladyreader says:

    Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the advanced copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review Once I got passed the first 100 pages of this book, I couldn t put it down Cady is starting her first year at Harvard, which would be intimidating enough, if her older brother hadn t committed suicide the year before, jumping from his dorm room window to his death Cady navigates her new surroundings, while also dealing with outrageous amounts of guilt Guilt for feeling like she wasn t supportive enough for her brother, who was battling schizophrenia and depression, and guilt for choosing to study at Harvard, even though she knew it was difficult for her parents to come back When Cady starts hearing strange voices of her own, she battles with the idea that maybe it wasn t just her brother who was mentally ill But the voices lead her down a path she couldn t have imagined a path that reveals that maybe her brother was wrapped up in something bigger than his illness, and he had enemies on campus that no one could have imagined I really enjoyed reading this book I related with Cady and her stress of being a new student at university, having to find classes, deal with the stress of exams and make friends The ghosts in her head were interesting characters, and it kept me intrigued to hear of their perspectives of their time at Harvard, and to draw the connection between Cady and these ghosts I felt like some parts of the story were really predictable, but it still ended up taking a turn I did not see coming The ending was great, and tied everything together, but not too neatly to be boring Trigger warnings talks of suicide, depression, schizophrenia and society s unhealthy behaviour towards those with mental illness 4.5