Angel is a quiet and plain 14-year-old who doesn’t fit in. However, when her family moves she is excited about the chance to transform herself and make new friends. What no one tells the family is that the house they got so cheaply in Roundtree, Massachusetts is terribly haunted. Unfortunately, Angel gets no help from her extremely religious mother Myra and her lazy, alcoholic father Marty. Angel, with the help of another school outcast, Seth, begins to investigate what happened in the house and the sinister forces that are waiting in the shadows.
The pace is extremely fast but the characters and history are slow to reveal themselves. The point of view the story is told from switches often and they are all intertwined. The tone is very ominous and never lets up. The story could take place anywhere with an ancient haunted house and enough history to date back to the 1600’s. The emphasis is on the people who are reacting to events of past and present for someone has to answer for them all.
Amityville Horror meets Carrie meets the Exorcist. 2004, 358 pages.