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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


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Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Random House
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
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.

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Marisa
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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WS_BOOKCLUB
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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Amy Imogene Reads
Jan 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
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.
Kimberly List
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, netgalley
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 ...more
Susanne Gulde
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, fiction, netgalley
I look forward to this book's publication in May, when I will be able to recommend it to our library patrons.
When Cady goes to Harvard after her brother's suicide there, her life and emotions are in turmoil and Ms. Serritella writes a good story about it. But what I loved with this book were all the details and explanations--some very scientific--woven into that story.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me this digital review copy.
Janet Fiorentino
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had not realized I had been waiting for this book.

I met Francesca Serritella at the National Book Fair because her mom, Lisa Scottoline, writes fantastic legal thrillers and she was speaking that day. I was delighted to discover that Scottoline, along with Serritella, wrote a series of books and columns that readers that I quickly began to consume. I had not known Serritella was taking a stab at writing a novel until I saw Serritella’s post for “Ghosts of Harvard” on her Facebook page. Simply
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Emma Bernard
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cady Archer is grieving the suicide of her brother Eric. In an effort to figure out what pushed him to suicide, she applies and gets into Harvard, the very place he ended his life. Eric had been given a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and was increasingly agitated and paranoid towards the end of his life. He was also exceptionally smart, and worked on classified research projects with well known professors. Cady sets off for Harvard, bringing Eric's coveted notebook, also the only glimpse into his ...more
Kathy
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
I’ve been waiting for Ghosts of Harvard to be published and I was excited to be able to read it thanks to NetGalley.

Cady and her family are dealing with the aftermath of her brother, Eric’s, suicide. Eric died while at Harvard in his junior year and Cady was a senior I high school. He had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and it was affecting all of his relationships especially those with his family. Cady decides to attend Harvard in part for the education and in part to find out what
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Leah
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a doozy of a book. You can tell by the writing that it has been thoroughly and thoughtfully researched, and there's a lot of different topics included. Physics, math, French poets, schizophrenia, suicide, Harvard, history, world wars, slavery - it is in this book. But it is all intertwined into a very readable book that you dive into and don't want to put down. I actually managed a little (lot) of day reading with this one, which I normally can't fit into my day. The characters are ...more
Annika Sharma
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cady is on the hunt for a reason why her brother killed himself. Her brother Eric was diagnosed with a schizoid disorder before committing suicide at Harvard, and she wants to know why the brilliant brother she knew descended into chaos. What she finds is a number of betrayals, eerie voices from ghosts who resided at Harvard in years past, and reasons she never saw coming.

The book itself is good! There are so many leads, so many different plotlines that tie into this story, and it keeps you on
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Sheri
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
What an excellent read. Cady is set to begin her freshman year at Harvard University, where her brother Eric, who had been a junior the prior year, had attended, prior to committing suicide in his dorm room. A brilliant student, he quickly mentally spiraled downward until taking his own life. His sister wants to discover if she can determine what caused him to do this. In doing so, so finds herself meeting his friends, finding that she has the ability to understand and hear voices from the past ...more
Randi
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
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 ...more
Kim
Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a mess. The story itself starts off enjoyable and full of intrigue and mystery with a little bit of ghost story mixed in. But everything goes downhill quickly. Lots of muddled references to various things that are never followed up on or never truly explored.

The story could have survived if it decided to be a mystery, ghost story, or family drama and stuck with the choice. The flirting back and forth with such an unsatisfying ending was just painful.

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Shannon
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I expected, but is 100% my all time favorite book. I thought this book would be completely supernatural (like Ninth House), but it was so much more. It was everything between mystery, psychological thriller and murder with beautifully written character development. I couldn't read this fast enough, but also wanted it to last forever. I will be rereading this one and longing for the experience of the first time I read it again.
Johannah Gage
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just received in ARC, looking forward to this.
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“Every time I thought I knew whereGhosts of Harvardwas heading, I turned out to be wrong.Part mystery, part ghost story, part psychological thriller,this novel isallentertainment.”—Jodi Picoult,#1New York Timesbestselling author ofA Spark of Light
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Laura Leonard
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Erin Dale
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Thank you to #Netgalley and #RandomHouse for letting me read and review Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella. Although it had a bit of a slow stat this was a great book with a lot of twists and turns. There were a lot of things I didn’t see coming and the writing was first rate. I really enjoyed it!
Ed
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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.