The Family: Now, for the first time in 20 years, Kevin Devereaux has returned home to this secluded place with his wife and two children. They have come to visit Kevin's mother - hated, frightening Mother, with her slash of red lipstick, mask of bone-white powder, and a tongue that has always cut to Kevin's heart...and into his darkest nightmares. She said she was ill - but is that the real reason the old woman summoned the son she has not seen in so many years?
The Horror: Suddenly, horribly, Mother dies inside the locked nursery. And now there will be no escape. For now, all the secrets of this once-proud southern family emerge like tortured spirits from the sinister past to wrap their evil around the unsuspecting children. Until, in the shadowed corridors and dust-covered rooms of this decaying old house, they learn the true terror of The Unloved.
- Professor Sombrero
This story reminds me of several different stories and movies. Take some of "Psycho" throw in a little "Sunset Boulevard" and a wee bit of "Mommie Dearest" maybe a little of "The Fall of the House of Usher." It's what you'd expect from John Saul. Since I like his stories I liked this. Not a literary hallmark but good entertainment.
The narrator was good too- didn't get in the way of the story.
ok, I just can't read John Saul anymore, his books give the feeling that goes along with bad touching. I liked him more when he concentrated on haunted houses, that was awesome, now he is all about gross mistreatment of children, little boys in particular. I think he needs a doctor. Now, as far as the book goes, he is good at what he does, it begins good, gets gross and ugly in the middle and ends just as ugly disguised as good. hated it.