When I bought this book, I thought it was going to be about a haunted house, which it was not. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't a haunted house, but it had an interesting idea behind it. The story really is about what people will do to get back the ones they love, which is not a new story, but the story is more seeped in legends and folk tales. This is more a story long the same lines of Pet Semetary by Stephen King, when the dead die, they don't always stay dead.
So, while this wasn't a haunted house story, it was a story that ended up being right up my alley (yes, I know that was a cliché, as often as I go on about clichés I shouldn't use them myself). Without giving too much away, this was sort of a zombie story. This was a little bit surprising, as the reader gets a hint of it throughout, but they don't really get to see it until later in the book. There are quite a few surprises in the book, such as who is related to who, and who is and who isn't dead.
This wasn't a suspenseful or terrifying story. It didn't frighten me, nor did it keep me up reading because I couldn't put it down. However, I did enjoy it. I was a little annoyed by the back and forth between the years and the stories, only because this seems to be done more and more with books. Multiple points of views is fine, but multiple points of views from different times periods or different timelines is a little frustrating.
I think this is a fine read, and it really is an interesting idea, so it wouldn't be a waste of time like some of the books I've recently read. So, if you are looking for something to read, give it a try, and if this doesn't seem like your type of book, I'm sure you can try any one of Jennifer McMahon's books.