I acquired this at a second hand bookstore that accepts trade-ins and is full of all sorts of these older, obscure titles. I didn't know what to expect from this one, and though it started off haunting and intense, I felt it moved a bit too slowly for about a third of the book. I finished it quickly and traded it in, not really thinking too much of it, but I was in the store today and saw it and even though I hadn't remembered the title I remembered the way the author had set up a beautiful world full of darkness and despair. So much of it stayed with me after I was finished, enough to make me want to read it again. The fact is, I still don't understand every detail of the plot. Story is still murky for me, but there are so many things I enjoyed and still remember, and now the book has a permanent place in my collection. It's spooky, and borders on apocalyptic horror, but never quite takes the leap. It's quick on the set-up, long on the execution, but a great story nonetheless. It's a haunting story that I would certainly recommend.