Ghosts of Harvard
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 he ...more
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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 afterma ...more
this 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. lik ...more
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 ...more
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 t ...more
This debut novel was compulsively readable....(not 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 Harvard!!!!
A very enjoyable complex chiller-thriller!!!
If there was ever a book that should be made into a movie...this is ...more
“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 more like a precipice.”
Ghosts of Harvard is a patchwork of a novel. While the summary seems to promise more of thriller/academia 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 ...more
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.
A long-time fan of Lisa Scottoline, I was very excited to see her daughter, Francesca Serritella, had also written a novel...and the synopsis sounded amazing. I was thrilled when the publisher sent me a copy.
Ghosts of Harvard follows the story of Cady ...more
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. ...more
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 more than that. As she explores the Harvard campus on which her brother took his own life, Cady is faced wi ...more
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.
I thought the first several chapters captured the emotional components of a grieving family in ...more
Cady begins to hear voices of ghosts from Harvard's history. Is she also developing the same mental illness, or are the ...more
Warning: Suicide Warning and other possible mental health triggers
I am still reeling from reading Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella. Cady Archer is accepted to Harvard. This should be a time of joy and celebrating accomplishments. However, her acceptance is clouded by the fact that she is still grieving over the death of her older brother. Her brother was also a student at Harvard, the top of the p ...more
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.
My copy was provided by NetGall ...more
Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella was a wrong choice to read during an already painful week. So fair warning, dear readers, the review would surely reflect my lousy mood.
Yes, this has ghosts which is exactly the reason why it went into my TBR but Ghosts of Harvard is primarily a book about being haunted by grief. There is, in fact, a variety of genres vying for attention in this tale. It is ...more
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 t ...more
I love stories with ghosts so this book immediately intrigued me. It ended up being about much more than I expected. It was part murder mystery with a sprinkling of the paranormal but it’s really about grief, family and mental illness. It was honest, real and thought-provoking.
This book was a slow burn but the audio had me entranced. I never found it boring ...more
This starts as a ghost story and ends as a spy novel. For real!
OK, that's not REALLY true (though the book has elements of both those genres). It's actually an introspective, quiet novel about mental health and family relations. I really liked the coolness of the narrative voice (such a relief after reading too many first-person novels. Yes, I am biased).
The only thing I didn't really like was Cady herself--she's kind of ...more
Somehow, I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. The writing was easy to follow and definitely engaging, and the concept was also an interesting one, but somehow it fell just a little short of that mark that would make me rave about it.
Serritella deals with grief and mental illness quite well, but again somehow it just didn't hit that spot of being incredible. I think the plot had a few too many elements going on that weren't fully explored, and then others that were explor ...more
Only 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 he ...more