A well written and suspenseful novel which is marred by too much repetition & some loose ends which would harm any book. What saves this is the writing & the psychologically skewed logic of the parents' justification for wanting to get rid of their daughter. While under the influence of the claw their thoughts grow increasingly feverish and jumbled & the intensity of their hatred grows. This makes for some tense reading & was overall well done. Only it went on for too long with little else to balance it out. It is also interesting when Campbell depicts the same scenario through different points of view. The scenes presented through the little girl's point of view, however, were a little weak. Campbell seems aware of this as those segments are distinctly shorter than the others.