This book felt like a Koonz/King beach book to me. This was surprising given the fact that Guillermo del Toro wrote it. The writing was only slightly above the level of any other horror thriller and the story did nothing to impress me. I expected too much from del Toro I suppose and might have enjoyed it more if I were to let go of those expectations. I may pick up and read the sequel in the future but it will be purely for a mindless entertaining read.