This book was not as riveting as some of Laymon's other books, certainly not up to the incredible standard of Funhouse and Island, which are superb.
The book is well written in his usual easy flowing style, but perhaps significantly, not mainly through the thoughts of a male teenager, which Laymon excels at. For me the build up is too much to a rather obvious finale, although with Laymon you can never guess what the conclusive end will be. People who are into spells, curses etc. may find that side of things compulsive. However, not enough twists and horror run through this book for my pallet. For me the content makes this an inferior book of the Master Horror writer, by his very high standards.