I've read many horror / suspense stories and seen almost every movie in that genre but I have to say that Joe Hill is one of the best authors I've had the pleasure of being scared by! To say that this story is packed with action and fear would be an understatement. He really had me guessing about the outcome of the main characters' futures as you can never really predict what's coming next. There's no need to compare Mr. Hill to the other great horror authors but he can stand proudly alongside all of them, I think. It's original, frightening, and downright chilling at times but it also contains a faint glimmer of hope throughout. The characters are very original and sometimes make unlikely heroes which made them occasionally hard to cheer for. When purchasing this book, I thought I was taking a chance on an unknown author, at least unknown to me, but it was definitely worth the risk. I hope this author proliferates and writes many more books as this one was most assuredly as excellent as they come.