This story begins simply with the reading of the will of an often absent and thus mysterious husband/father. But there is an unusual condition in the will: the family must live for a month in an isolated forest lodge in the Pacific Northwest before they can inherit a substantial estate. What could go wrong? And there are surprises. And more surprises that increasingly seem sinister, until secrets produce fear and much more. Is every part of the Quinlan family life a fabrication? Brilliant writing.
Good old-fashioned horror novel: glimpses of the after-life from near-death experiences with “dead” people who can cross-over to plague the living. Mostly just sinister although there is some final violence. And there are twins and dysfunctional families!