One of the intriguing things about this novel (to me, anyway) is that except for some flashback chapters that took place when the adult characters were children and the final chapter, which is really an epilogue, the entire book takes place over the course of one night. And what a night it was. The main story follows two escaped convicts, a home invasion, and a family that's terrorized. Probably not the most original plot, but it's well presented. I was seriously creeped out reading this book, especially at night and/or alone in the house. The only thing that bugged me was some of the descriptions of the mother's relationship with her daughter (in the flashback scenes). Maybe it's just me, but it's hard to believe a mother could be that uncaring about her child. It seemed more like a stereotype than a character. And there are a few chapters that focus on some local police that don't go anywhere; I kept expecting those characters to show up and play a part at the climax, but they don't. (They show up but it's almost after-the-fact.) Overall, a good read; I'd look for other books by the author.