My opinion: Although I felt the underlying storyline to this book was interesting, this is a relatively new author and I found that the writing threw me off. He tended to jump around in his writing which made it difficult to follow at times. I even had several moments in the reading of this novel that I had to go back and reread sections to ensure I was following the storyline correctly. Second, there were scenes in the book that I just found implausible (don't be asking me for any spoilers though!) that weren't attritubuted to "the curse" so that kind of turned me off to the book. Overall, though, minus the points I just focused on, I found the overall story to be pretty creepy. I just couldn't get past the current style of writing. Source: Author for Review Would I recommend? : Yes, I still would to the right reader. This book has won numerous awards.