Although this author is one of the best writers in the horror genre, this is not one his best books. It is so over the top, and the characters so stupid, as to be laughable. Still, the book has certain entertainment value, if one is willing to overlook some of its anomalies. It certainly does not lack for the grotesque and is definitely not for the squeamish. The storyline is somewhat reminiscent of that found in another of the author's books, "The Resort", only there the author succeeds in pulling it off.
Here, the author takes on a home association. The main characters, Barry and Maureen, a seemingly happily married couple, move into an exclusive gated community in Utah called Bonita Vista. They are initially thrilled with the good buy that they got, as their new home exceeds their expectations for what they could afford to pay. They soon find out, however, that there is a home association that they are required to join.
Initially reluctant to join the association, Barry and Maureen are soon shown the error of their ways. It becomes clear that the home owners association runs Bonita Vista as if it were Devil's Island and all the homeowners are but its prisoners. Those who do not conform to the rules and regulations of the association soon find themselves in a whole lot of trouble. The penalties for any infractions are horrific and often grotesque.
Those who are fans of Bentley Little will get some enjoyment from this book. Those who are not familiar with this author would be better off starting with one of his other books. A good place to begin would be with "The Collection", "The House", "The Walking", or "The Resort".