There was a previous version of this novel/collection so copying/pasting my review from there, hope this is alright to do:
I was reading the other review and wanted to respond a bit to it before commenting on the book. I agree, this is not a horror story. Do not look to be scared, but also most horror isn't about scaring you. I do not know anyone who's read horror novel and was frightened by it. However, these are ghost stories. Second the commentator said there was little identification with the characters. I do not think that was the point of this book. This book is primarily, from my perspective, about dealing with loss. In particular death. Missing the ones you love, being angry at them, resenting them, not letting them go--how hard it is to move on from their deaths. Its not an easy book if you allow yourself to experience the emotions it seems to have been written with. I enjoyed each story, though there is one that involved child sex abuse. I find it hard to read/watch things about that in particular so I ended up skipping half way through that particular story. It was like the rest though. You can see what's happening in your mind. You understand what's going on and what is intended. This collection of connected stories is not about surprising you, but about coping with death. The bleakness of it, and not letting go even while its ruining you.