This book isn't what I expected from McCammon the horror writer. Amid the story of small-town life there's the magic of a kid's imagination, the awful mystery of the murdered man in Saxon Lake, the Civil Rights movement, friendships, learning real grief, the stirrings of a first crush...it's got so much sentiment and nostalgia in it. The mystery is the thread that binds all the bits together, but the book is about a lot more than that. Nods to Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, probably others I didn't catch. Very enjoyable, very memorable.