I had great expectations for this book, because everything I'd read about it told me I'd love it. Fortunately, I wasn't disappointed. It's well written, thrilling, scary and absolutely fascinating. I suppose I was just a little surprised at how 'serious' and dark it was, considering that it's for kids. The characters are excellently sketched, children and adults alike. I can't praise this book enough. Fortunately for me, I'll be able to read more books by this author, very soon. Looking forward to that.