I am not sure that I understand the bad reviews and ratings for either of Christopher Ransom's books that I have read, The Birthing House or The People Next Door. Both are fair horror novels, both have horrible reviews and both are better than some John Saul or Richard Laymon books that I have read that have glowing reviews.
That being said, I am giving this book 3 stars with a bias towards 3 1/2.
A Colorado family's life is falling apart. Their family restaurant is failing. Their teenage son is running with the wrong crowd and their adolescent daughter is prone to fits and hallucinations. Then a creepy new family moves into the behemoth new eyesore next door. They bring with them a lot of questions...and a few surprising answers.