Do you want to have the scare of your life? Do you love being scared out of your wits? Then you'll love this book. You won't be able to put it down. But don't read it late at night -- you'll hear noises and think some evil being is under your bed waiting to nab you.
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.
This is one of my all-time favorite creepy-crawly reading experiences. Seldom does an author catch me up so completely in the story as Tryon did with this one. I remember reading it alone when my husband was working at night, and finding it necessary to turn on lights in every room. Over and over I would come to a realization of what was really going on just a paragraph or two before the author made it really obvious---I must have said "Oh, my God" a half dozen times, and I couldn't wait for my husband to read it so I could watch his reactions and see whether he figured things out in all the same places. If you've missed this, you have a treat in store. Stephen King has nothing on Tryon at his best.