I have never read THE EXORCIST. I saw the movie and thought it the look of it was scary and of course, the idea of being possessed doesn't sound like a good time. The cover of this book is what drew me to it and I figured if he has been successful in the past, he wouldn't put out another book so many years later unless it was pretty good. I wasn't disappointed. SO happy to have followed up HELL HOUSE with this, a ghost/haunted house story that didn't suck. I wish that the witty banter (done, I'm sure, to be darkly humorous) was scaled down a bit, so the atmosphere of the house had been darker. If the novel had been longer and the characters had the chance to develop more it would have easily been 4 stars. I just wanted a bit more. And I had figured out part of the surprise early on. But it didn't change my enjoyment of this story. Reminded me of the movie THE OTHERS. And its always fun to read about a realtor who gets theirs...haha.