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Holland and Niles Perry are identical thirteen-year-old twins. They are close, close enough, almost, to read each other's thoughts, but they couldn't be more different. Holland is bold and mischievous, a bad influence, while Niles is kind and eager to please, the sort of boy who makes parents proud. The Perrys live in the bucolic New England town their family settled centuries ago, and as it happens, the extended clan has gathered at its ancestral farm this summer to mourn the death of the twins' father in a most unfortunate accident. Mrs. Perry still hasn't recovered from the shock of her husband's gruesome end and stays sequestered in her room, leaving her sons to roam free. As the summer goes on, though, and Holland's pranks become increasingly sinister, Niles finds he can no longer make excuses for his brother's actions.
Thomas Tryon's best-selling novel about a homegrown monster is an eerie examination of the darkness that dwells within everyone. It is a landmark of psychological horror that is a worthy descendent of the books of James Hogg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Shirley Jackson, and Patricia Highsmith.
©1971 Thomas Tryon (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Darryl on 10-31-13

Wish I could read it again for the 1st time

i read this long ago and loved it. it is still excellent even if not quite as i remembered and holds up. there is some very nice writing by tryon in this as well, much better than stephen king. it is creepy but in a different way than might at first appear. it's hard to say much without giving something away. if you like a suspenseful and well written creepshow try this and stay away from reviews that give away key plot points. I kept thinking of similar novels and want to suggest Some of Your Blood by Sturgeon; We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Jackson; and not on audio yet but incredible is The Wasp Factory by Ian Banks.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Linda B on 12-28-13

WARNING - contains graphic animal torture

Audible is pushing this story on their home page. It is not hte type I usually read, but their marketing efforts worked and I purchased it. I wish I had not and I will not finish it.

The first 30 minutes features torture of an animal. This is something I cannot stomach and do not want in any part or to any degree in my entertainment/literature. Audible should warn about such things. I was very disturbed by what I heard and it is not acceptable to me at all. It may be crucial to the story or to the characters, but such stories and such characters are not in any way the type I want polluting my mind. I find it cheap and disturbing and offiensive and easy and gratuitous. That is my personal taste and I feel strongly about it and react strongly to it, so thought I should warn, since audible is not going to.

Perhaps it won't bother some people as much, but it is a deal breaker for me and I wish I could unhear what I just heard. So if you feel the same, perhaps I have spared someone.

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