Ghosts of Harvard ePUB Î Ghosts of PDF \

Ghosts of Harvard ePUB Î Ghosts of PDF \

Ghosts of Harvard ✭ [PDF] ✪ Ghosts of Harvard By Francesca Serritella ✺ – A Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother’s suicide Then she starts hearing voices Cadence Archer arrives on Harvard’s campus desperate to understand why her brother Eric A Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother’s suicide Then she starts hearing voices 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 uestions 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 Ghosts of PDF \ 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 uarters 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 uestions 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 uestioning 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 radarSpecial thanks to NetGalley and Random House for sharing this incredible ARC with me in exchange my honest reviewbloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  2. jessica jessica says:

    for a debut this is pretty dang commendable there was a point where i wondered if the author had bit off than she could chew perhaps she was being a little too ambitious but i was pleasantly surprised that everything came together nicelythis story tackles a lot of different topics first year of college experiences gaining independence mental health navigating family relationships solving mysteries death and grief learning history diving into the paranormal and conspiracy like i said there was a point where i thought it was just too much for one story but by the end i was satisfied with how everything tied together supported each other and was resolved i honestly dont know who i would recommend this to because there is just so much going on i actually wouldnt even classify this as a mysterythriller like GR does if anything i feel like this falls under general contemporary fiction? i dunno so if the synopsis sounds good to you then i suggest picking it up lol↠ 35 stars

  3. Julie Julie says:

    Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella is a 2020 Random House publication After her schizophrenic brother Eric commits suicide while attending Harvard University Cady Archer is determined to learn everything she can about his movements leading up to his death To that end she too enrolls at Harvard much to her mother’s dismay However once she arrives on campus and begins investigating Eric’s activities she too begins to hear voices voices from the past that tell a shameful story of Harvard’s history Are they ghosts or is Cady developing symptoms of mental illness like Eric? Meanwhile as Cady retraces Eric’s steps she becomes convinced that her brother may have stumbled across a nefarious plot and may have paid the ultimate price for it which means she could also be in danger This story has many elements and is driven by the strong emotions surrounding a family in deep mourning There are multiple mysteries and the plot involving Eric and his notebook which evidently is written in code is complex at times and went a little over my head The book wants to claim a supernatural suspense label but this side story fell flat and failed to elicit the desired emotional response from me In fact the voices and secondary historical investigation seriously got in the way of the broader story and only served to slow down the momentum This thread might have been powerful as a novella tie in or as a follow up to this book Unfortunately with so much going on the story failed to establish a set identity and the various threads seemed cobbled together instead of seamless The story did have some merits bravely broaching the uncomfortable topics of mental health and suicide exploring the aftermath which left a family utterly devastated and broken However the novel didn’t impress on the level I had hoped Overall I did want to see this author succeed with her first stand alone novel I’m sure it’s a bit intimidating when one’s parent is a successful novelist which I'm sure is added pressure and readers may set their expectations a bit set higher as well I tried not to let that influence me and honestly I don’t think it did The author has some writing talent but maybe tried to accomplish too much too soon 3 stars

  4. 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 uestions she has about her brother's last daysThe 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 meThank you so much to Random House for this ARC

  5. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Audiobook narrated by Karissa VackerThis debut novel was compulsively readablenot without flaws but the interwoven mystery history suicide schizophrenia academia family background secrets grief college life and the supernatural guiding voices was well written and unravels at a pace that kept me hooked until the end Outstanding campus descriptions of HarvardA very enjoyable complex chiller thrillerIf there was ever a book that should be made into a moviethis is it

  6. Anna Luce Anna Luce says:

    ★★★✰✰ 3 stars “It’s supposed to be a time when you’re about to embark on your adult life but for many young people that springboard looks like a precipice” Ghosts of Harvard is a patchwork of a novel While the summary seems to promise of thrilleracademia type of book I personally would not recommend this to those who enjoy campus novels or dark academia what we do get is a mishmash of genres and storylines to start with we have a moving family drama that examines the realities of caring for someone with a mental illness then we head into the supernatural combined with the type of amateur investigation that is all the rage in domestic thrillers someone you know has done something bad before culminating in a melodramatic final actFrancesca Serritella strikingly renders the setting of Harvard Sadly however her protagonist's investigation into her brother's time there takes the centre stage so that Cadence's studies and interactions with other students receive limited attention only Nevertheless Serritella certainly knows Harvard and she demonstrates her knowledge of its history architecture and traditions in a very compelling and evocative wayAfter her brother's suicide Cadence is obviously overwhelmed Eric was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia while studying at Harvard so Cadence does feel to a certain extent haunted Hoping that being at Harvard will somehow bring her closer to her brother she soon begins to suspect that her brother was hiding something As she becomes obsessed with her brother's past she begins to hear 'voices' What follows is a story that has the trappings of most domestic thrillers the only difference being the academic backdropThe third person narration distances us from Cadence so that much of her personality remains unseen We know of her troubled relationship with her mother but we never truly delve into Cadence’s sense of self She makes many nonsensical decisions for 'plot' reasons and I can't say that she ever did or said anything remotely remarkable or moving Perhaps I would have sympathised with her if she had at any point had an introspective moment She briefly uestions herself only when she's worried that the voices she's hearing are a figment of her imagination or a sign that she too may suffer from schizophrenia She forms superficial friendships with her roommates and a guy who shares one of her classes but for the most part she only comes into contact with individuals who are directly connected to her brother and his secret Speaking of Eric's friends it was weird that Cadence only speaks to his best friend once Although Cadence grows close to one of her brother's peers I never believed that she cared for the ‘living’ people she encounters at Harvard She becomes somewhat chummy with the three ghosts who keep talking to her in her head and who unsurprisingly help her in her investigationThroughout the course of Cadence's 'investigation' we get snippets from her past that focus on her family life and her bond with Eric These were easily my favourite parts of the novel These scenes although painful possessed a genuine uality that made them much poignant that the ones that take place at Harvard“Simple narratives were easier to tell to teach to understand to remember The lie endures for generations while the truth dies with its victims But what were the conseuences?”Serritella's writing was absorbing and I generally enjoyed her reflections on family mental health grief and Harvard’s historyWhile part of me was happy that the novel didn't drag on the 'are the voice real or not' ultimately I wasn't all that taken by the novel's execution it veers into exaggerated territories that are punctuated by flashy twists What could have been a compassionate exploration of grief and of loving someone who suffers from a mental illness is weighed down by unnecessary thriller esue melodrama The supernatural element would have been a lot 'haunting' if it hadn't been so cheesily predictable While I appreciated the novel's commentary on academiaeducational institutions and the nuanced portrayal of Eric's mental illness as well as the realistic depiction of the stigma and discrimination against mental health I was underwhelmed by the storyline and finale Specific plot pointsscenes that were unconvincingclichéd➜ The prologue I'm tired of these prologues that 'tease' a possible death that is to come The novel's first chapters were compelling enough that they did not reuire such a gimmicky opening➜ Cadence's first interaction with her roommate was jarring “I’m Ranjoo do you hate me already?”“Only for those abs” Who says that? Maybe if we had a better grasp of Cadence's personality I could have believed that she would say something alongs these lines➜ view spoilerA cashier who works at the Science Center food court recognises Cadence “You gotta brother who goes here don’t you The sushi the total discombobulation just like him But the red hair’s the giveaway You’re a dead ringer” Yet the cashier doesn't know that Eric is deathwhich is weird since he committed suicide on campus and later on we are told that everyone who worksstudies there was aware of the death of a student hide spoiler

  7. Bridgett Bridgett says:

    Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me That means nothing People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction between past present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion 35 starsA long time fan of Lisa Scottoline I was very excited to see her daughter Francesca Serritella had also written a noveland the synopsis sounded amazing I was thrilled when the publisher sent me a copy Ghosts of Harvard follows the story of Cady as she traverses the Harvard campus during her freshman year and attempts to discover why her brother committed suicide there the previous spring This novel is beautifully written and incredibly well researched I was amazed by the amount of investigating Serritella did to make things factually relevant It was truly impressive A Harvard alum she had a keen insight into the workings of the Ivy League institution which was fascinating I found myself looking up images of the buildings and places she described Having said that this book was far too long a bit repetitive and I'm not entirely sure the ghost stories really worked I found them to be a distractionand was disappointed when their appearance was never actually explained Overall I'd say this is a better than average debut novel but very slow burning Available TOMORROW in the United States My sincere thanks to the publisher for my review copy

  8. Theresa Alan Theresa Alan says:

    I think this novel could be described as a literary paranormal mystery Part of the mystery is whether it’s paranormal or if Cadence Cady has schizophrenia like her older brother who committed suicide at Harvard the school she is now attending as a freshman Up until his diagnosis Eric was Cady’s best friend But the last two years of his life were tough even when he was on his meds which he kept not taking Cady blames herself for his death The “if onlys” keep cycling through her mind She has his notebook with his cryptic notes Eric used to make puzzles like this for her to decode and she thinks if she can decode this she’ll have some understanding of why he jumpedSo Cady has all the stress of grieving a brother who died just months earlier mixed with the anxiety of being a new student away from home in the dorms at the most prestigious school in the country combined with her decision to uncover a mystery Along the way she’s helped by ghosts of Harvard Points of originality to the author Parts were really beautifully written Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book which RELEASES MAY 5 2020

  9. Celeste Celeste says:

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher Random House and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Ghosts of Harvard completely blew me away At its core it houses such a poignant window into mental illness and the victims it leaves behind when those struggling with it take their own lives The portrayal of grief is brutal and beautiful and real And yet this story is so much than that As she explores the Harvard campus on which her brother took his own life Cady is faced with a plethora of mysteries While her brother’s last days consume her from the start she also finds herself digging into the university’s past as she grapples with fear over her own future Ghosts of Harvard is a brilliant and seamless bridging of so many ideas and genres I am in awe of how much research went into the writing of this book and how Serritella was able to convey so much without a single aspect feeling forced She struck a perfect balance in so many ways and she truly gave the world a gift through the publication of this novel“Then where’s the room for a leap of faith? Just because you can’t explain something doesn’t make it untrue”Is there anything terrifying that the fear of madness? The author does a brilliant job at portraying that fear in Cady While she is compelled to investigate her brother’s suicide and discover what drove him during his last days she is also fighting a rising terror that she is schizophrenic as well Her reactions are wholly believable without being either overly dramatic or unconvincingly nonchalant Watching her spiral over the course of her investigation was disturbing and tense and filled me with a compassion for her that I find rarely invoked by fictional characters Cady felt so real to me She’s a bright girl who always lived in her brother’s shadow and she doesn’t know how to do anything but follow in his footsteps Cady is also one of the most internally aware and honest characters I’ve come across She asks herself hard uestions and tries her best to answer them even when it’s impossible She truly struggles to not only understand the brother who left her but to learn who she is as a person and I found this journey enthralling“The say that fate is written in the stars but the irony is that stars don’t project the future they reflect the past I like to think the people we’ve lost are like the stars Their light hasn’t gone out Candlelight goes out But something as bright as a star as a soul that light moves on”This is a novel of obsession Cady is completely obsessed with learning all she can about her brother’s last year of life and finding any little excuse she can grasp that might have finally pushed him over the edge into suicide She is so consumed by this need for information that she begins seeing conspiracies in every shadow How much of this need is madness worming its way into her own mind and how much is actually real? And how can she maintain her grasp on reality and her new life on an incredibly prestigious and difficult campus when she’s so wrapped up in the past?“But time was two faced Minutes that ticks by like any other were the moments that changed a life forever yet revealed themselves too late”Then there are the ghosts The voices that Cady begins hearing in her head are one of the most fascinating elements of this novel Are they an indicator that she is spiraling into madness? Are they supernatural phenomena? Or can they be explained by weird science along the lines of that explored in Blake Crouch’s most recent novels? All three possibilities were deftly juggled in a way that never tipped the author’s hand but also didn’t feel frustratingly vague There was one reveal in this ghostly aspect of the book that literally elicited a physiological response from me With one word or rather one name I found myself covered from shin to eyebrow with chills It was a powerful moment“Do we all pick only the best snapshots to remember in our mental scrapbooks and throw away the bad? Perhaps all photo albums should bear the subtitle The Past—The Way You Want to Remember It”I’m a sucker for any novel revolving around or set within academia Any school story is immediately appealing to me Very few real life schools are well known than Harvard so I was excited to pick up this book merely on the basis of the title Thankfully the school setting was truly utilized here and the school itself became a very important character in its own right The history of the school is fascinating and I learned so much over the course of reading Ghosts of Harvard And yet I never felt like Serritella was being too heavy handed in her conveyance of this history but instead balanced it very well against every other element of the story“History is never as simple a narrative as we write in books”Some people have expressed a frustration with the slow pacing of the book I felt that pacing was actually very well maintained Yes the story meanders But it’s meant to Because we are experiencing Cady’s revelations alongside her I felt that the pace of the story emphasized the time and care she as a character was putting into her hunt for answers Her flashbacks were meted out in exactly the right amount I never felt myself drowning in backstory but was instead excited to see of Cady’s past and how it had shaped her I found the rhythm of the novel captivating I also found the book far unpredictable than I would have expected which was a welcome surprise This is a story that definitely keeps you on your toes“She noticed how easy it was to edit someone’s past so that all the pieces of a person fit neatly together The lie endures for generations while the truth dies with its victims But what were the conseuences?”Probably my favorite element of this book was the philosophical bent to the writing Serritella has a beautiful way with words and I heavily annotated my copy Not only does she write beautifully she writes deeply There was so much philosophical depth to this book I was prompted to really think and self evaluate over the course of the book Not only was I touched by Cady’s story I was actually impacted by it in a way that I truly believe will stick with me“Adventure is only possible if you don’t spoil the ending”Much like the university after which it is named Ghosts of Harvard contains multitudes This book is a campus mystery a coming of age story a scientific exploration of mental illness a tale of espionage a moving historical account a romance an esoteric dive into poetry and philosophy and faith and prejudice and a family drama While this mingling could have led to a bloated and unpalatable slough all of these elements were instead woven together with a level of grace and care that is truly rare It was everything I hoped it would be and and I will be doing my best to get it into as many hands as I can It’s a book that will haunt me and I gladly welcome it You can find this review and at Novel Notions

  10. Faith Faith says:

    Perhaps if the author had any idea what she wanted this book to be she wouldn’t have needed a bloated melodramatic 500 pages to tell her story The basic plot involves Cady a Harvard freshman who has followed her brother Eric to college a few months after he committed suicide there Eric was a paranoid schizophrenic and Cady uses his incoherent notebook to try to trace the last months of his life to find out why he died Unfortunately the basic plot is stretched in too many directions family drama ghost story thriller There are also too many issues schizophrenia guilt grief auditory hallucinations theoretical physics slavery sexual harassment anti Semitism academic espionage And then there’s the whole “sex with a ghost” thing Admittedly the book did keep me reading so I’m rounding my 25 star rating up to 3 I hope that if the author writes another book there is an editor involved I received a free copy of this book from the publisher

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