A woman kills herself for no apparent reason. A week later, her teenage son, Mark, disappears. The vanished boy's uncle, Timothy Underhill - familiar to Straub's readers from 'Koko And The Throat' - is compelled to return to his hometown of Millhaven to discover what he can.
A madman known as the 'Sherman Park Killer' has been haunting the neighbourhood, but Underhill believes that Mark's obsession with a local abandoned house is at the root of his disappearance.
He fears that in peeling back the house's hideous secrets, Mark came across its last and greatest secret - a lost girl, one who has coaxed Mark deeper and deeper into her mysterious domain, where he must encounter a fearsome adversary.
A new psychological thriller from the ferocious imagination of Peter Straub. A nerve-shredding new chiller about the persistence of evil.