This is the first book I've read by Micheal Rivers and I must say, I was impressed! He has a natural, easy style that keeps one reading, wanting to know what's going to happen next. The chief reason for this is the dark, twisted story that emerges. At every turn literally anything can happen and there were several twists and turns that left me feeling uneasy and, frankly, creeped out, which is exactly how one should feel when reading this type of book.
Another thing Mr. Rivers does is he keeps the reader guessing as to who is really the protagonist of the novel--if, indeed, there even is one. He does this by frequently changing perspective, letting the reader into each of the characters heads and doing it so effectively that, for the time one is seeing the events through that characters eyes, one is rooting for that character even if, only pages ago, one was rooting for his/her potential foe. This adds to the uneasy feeling and gives the reader an impression of the effect that the strange events at Verliege may be having on the characters. Is there a bit of insanity involved? Are Verliege's spectral residents controlling the living more than they realize? Does this account for some of the strange and unexpected behavior? All this builds to a climax that leaves one truly wondering if the ultimate victor in this battle of wills is truly the most deserving--or if he or she really has the best interests of humanity in mind.