Ghosts of Harvard (by Francesca Serritella) … great paranormal mystery and view into mental illness

This is a very good paranormal mystery. Though at times you don’t know if it’s paranormal or mental illness that is affecting Cady’s experience during her freshman year at Harvard. This is an emotional read…between the suicide of Cady’s brother, the effects of mental illness, family relationship issues, insecurity, the manipulation of Cady’s emotions, and the stress of handling the academic rigors at Harvard University.

Because I work in an academic environment, this book really appealed to me. I connected with many of the aspects of Cady’s experiences during her time in college.

My heart ached for Cady as she dealt with the emotional trauma of her brother dealing with schizophrenia and his eventual suicide. The drama she endured and the stigma and guilt she experience, were heart wrenching. Not only does this book deal with mental illness, but you are treated to a historical tale of people whose lives were touched by their time at the University…as students and slaves. You are also brought into a mystery that weaves itself through the pages.

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishers for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own. I am looking forward to the author creating another delightful book in which I can get lost and enjoy! A great debut novel.

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