This book works. Do not ask me to explain why it works, but it does. Ira Levin manages to take a quite unbelievable story and marry it to reality in a way that makes it bristle with life. It is about the love-hate relationship we have with the suburbs, the draw of their old fashioned family values and at the same time, the repressive claustrophobia that they can create. The ordinary, day-to-day reality of the characters carries you along. They live and breathe and as a result the creeping fear and growing paranoia of the heroine comes as genuine and believable. By the end of it, entertained and thrilled, you will wonder how such an unbelievable story could work so well. It is Ira Levin at his best, playing on the same theme of his earlier classic 'Rosemary's Baby'; taking a normal care free young woman through a living nightmare and beyond. See for yourself, read The Stepford Wives'.