Just when the tightness of the prose and the realism of the teenagers and their love story had me thinking this was a straightforward novel, BAM! out comes the Southern Gothic. I already liked the book up to that point, and then I had to stay up way into the night. The dreamlike, dissociative state that Grimsley used to turn the last points in the plot struck me as especially inspired. As soon as the ghosts show up (or just before?), there is a break in reality, and what happens after that is confused and shadowy and may or may not be true, but it sure was gripping. I can't remember who recommended this book to me, which is too bad because I would like to thank him or her.