Amanda, her parents, and her four siblings are leaving the mountain and moving to the prairie. After a difficult winter, they need a new start. They travel until they come upon a large abandoned house, which their father declares to be the perfect spot for them. That's when the trouble begins ...
The cover of this book contains a blurb comparing it to a Little House and Stephen King mashup. That description actually fits. For the first part of the book, the story is pretty slow. It's obvious things have happened, but we don't get many of the details until much later. After the family settles in their midsize house on the prairie, though, things start going downhill, fast. The pacing picks up in the story and it delivers the punch of creepiness I'd expected from looking at the cover. This would be a great book to recommend to all the kids who come in the library looking for "the section with all the scary books."
Recommended for: teens, tweens who like creepy stories
Red Flags: mention of demons; Amanda has sex with the delivery boy, becomes pregnant, and miscarries her child; after the mother becomes possessed she says some rather unkind things to her children; the baby gets nearly eaten alive by red ants
Overall Rating: 3/5 star