There are others here who have written reviews with details, so there's no reason for me to go over them again. I will say this was a rough read, hard stuff, emotionally stretched taut, and completely honest to those emotions. From what I have read by Braunbeck, this is a specialty of his. Sure, it's horror, but it's horror that connects, reaches in and squeezes the heart and soul; it's not by the numbers slash and slaughter, blah blah, who gives a flying squirrel stuff, no. This stuff CONNECTS. It's not just the horror elements that appeal. The best section in the book is Part Two, chapter one. In the grief support group. Lucy Thompson's reaction to the rhetoric. Everything here is perfect, the spiel, the reaction, everything. This is writing, my friends. Braunbeck is a master of this kind of thing, where the average person can relate and think, "Yeah, that IS right!" Pick up this book, pick up the *amazing* Prodigal Blues, pick up Destinations Unknown, all brilliant!