I don't know whether I'd call this one horror or not. There's not much scaring going on, and almost everyone in the story gets along, except for the antagonist, who is mainly seen through toward the end. Sure, there are horrifying scenes, like with the sadistic, snake obsessed, drug dealer, but overall this one reads light and comical.
The main characters are easily latched on to. They seem real and although they pity themselves a bit too much at times, their personalities are amusing and deep.
The thing that wins this novel over from stale to something- you -cant -put -down- to- save- your- life is that there are surprises along the way that jarred me to the floor. Things about one of the protagonists I would have never imagined. Some of it was predictable, sure, but for the most part: complete disbelief.
In the end, I wouldnt pay a lot of money for it, but it was still worth reading and, when read, kept my attention big time.