Having watched the original film and the remake that came out this year, I had to get my hands on a copy of this book. Not only had the films wetted my appetite to know more about the events in Amityville, but I wanted to know the real story - and boy am I glad that I went through the trouble to track this book down. Right from the very first page, Anson throws the reader into the thick of things, and within the first couple of chapters the terror that the family experience makes the flesh crawl. What makes this even more impressive is that Anson lets the reader use their imagination a bit, which is more than can be said for most horror writers.
Just when you think that it's not going to get any more scary, and your just starting to think that it won't scare you, BAM! Anson throws in that horrible white figure (trust me, I was scared of that thing!).
So, the bottom line - whether you think this is a true story or not (personally I believe most of what's written here, even if some of it does appear to be a creative liberty) this book is extremely addictive and easily one of the most frightening ever written. You won't realise how much it's scared you until you have finished reading, which won't take very long, since this sure is hard to put down. Don't go thinking that just because the film wasn't scary that this won't be. There are tons of memorably scary moments (most notably the white figure and 'Jodie' the pig friend). Give it a try if you can get hold of a copy.