This is an absorbing novel. It is the story of a house where true evil has resided and still lingers when a young couple buys it during foreclosure proceedings. George Clare, a professor at a local college, knows the history of the house and chooses not to share that knowledge with his wife, Catherine. Catherine and their young daughter, Franny, bond with the Hale brothers who are all too familiar with the house. The plot lines in this book are well developed, as are the characters and their histories. I am avoidant of any book description that contains the word "ghosts;" however, there are believable spirits at work throughout this engrossing story that enhance the unfolding horrors. This is a novel that I won't easily forget.