I thoroughly enjoyed this book up until the last few chapters and then I was just plain disappointed. The book had a great theme, an old house formerly occupied by a witch, an apparent haunting, an over-zealous, highly religious town population that hated/feared the home's new tenant, a mysterious cellar, etc. The author took the time to develop an anticipation around those things. And then, in the final chapters, seemed to rush to a quick ending with a couple of plot shortcuts and an unlikely familiarity between a couple of characters.
I hesitate to call this book a horror novel. While there were certainly horror elements, those never really took flight. This was more of a Gothic horror that pulled up short and turned into a really shallow mystery with a Brady Bunch ending.