Ghosts of Harvard

Ghosts of Harvard

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 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?

Title:Ghosts of Harvard
ISBN:9780525510369
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    Ghosts of Harvard Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    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 ...

  • Julie

    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 le...

  • jessica

    for a debut, this is pretty dang commendable. there was a point where i wondered if the author had bit off more than she could chew, perhaps she was being a little too ambitious, but i was pleasantly ...

  • 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...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook... narrated by Karissa VackerThis debut novel was compulsively readable....(not without flaws), but the interwoven mystery, history, suicide, schizophrenia, academia, family background, secr...

  • AnnaLuce

    ★★★✰✰ 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 more like a precipice.”Ghosts of Harvard ...

  • Bridgett

    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 onl...

  • Theresa Alan

    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 su...

  • Faith

    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 ...

  • Celeste

    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...