There was a movie based on this book, which came out in 1972.
In the summer of 1935, 9-year-old twins Niles and Holland Perry live with their family on a Connecticut farm. Their loving grandmother Ada has taught them something called "the game." A number of accidents begin happening, and it seems to Niles that Holland is responsible. It is Ada who begins to see the truth, and she is the only one who can stop this macabre game of murder.
This crime thriller with occult overtones puts a spine-tingling twist on the Jungian psychological notion of "the shadow." In the '30s, Holland and Niles Perry are 10-year-old twins growing up on an idyllic farm in the Connecticut countryside. Niles is a wholesome, outgoing lad, loved by the whole family. Holland's brooding mischief causes untold trouble. Eventually, the Perry family experiences a series of tragic accidents which may not be accidents. Unraveling the circumstances of these tragedies is a fascinating and subtle business.
So powerful I have vivid memories of reading this as a young teen some thirty years ago! The story of twin 13-year-old boys, Holland and Niles Perry, who share telepathic gifts and a family history of madness and tragedy. "Accidents" start to happen on their family's idyllic Connecticut farm and we're off and running on a suspenseful ride with Tryon at the wheel. He keeps the reader guessing (and dreading) what's around the corner...I couldn't put it down. I've read Hitchcock, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe and absolutely love this book. It's a psychological thriller of seldom-read quality with macabre twists and turns that make it an engrossing read.
SPOOKY, Bettter than the movie.
This paperback is well worn... but still readable!
Thomas Tryon, actor turned author, made his spellbinding debut with the novel the other. "The most memorable chiller-thriller to come along since rosemary's baby," said the national obserber. His other best-selling fiction, Harvest Home, Lady, and Crowned Heads, have confirmed Tryon's place among the great storytellers of our day.
Decent plot, but tedious writing style