As the main players are gathering in the haunted house, all kinds of creepy things are happening to them, not to mention a good deal of bloody violence. Surreal imagery and surreal characters abound, and we seem to have left normality behind. Plenty of action and suspense, but few chances to empathize or identify with anyone. Even the cover suggests this: creepy, but what does it have to do with anything inside? I can’t make the connection. I’m losing all connection to this book, in fact, and may give up on it soon.