For a debut novel, you can’t beat it. It is both exhilarating and suspenseful. The book is set in an upstate New York village, and the village still holds its old ways near and dear. The village was founded during the 1600s and 1700s, and the village has stayed relatively the same. The main characters are Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two boys. Ben moved his family to the village, where they live in one of his ancestor’s home. It turns out the harvest is more important than the young boys in the village. The village has always blood sacrificed little boys in order to receive a good harvest from God. Ben is too busy writing his novel, and Caroline is dealing with her depression by renovating the house and turning it into an inn. They do not see what is happening around them. They must go up against the village in order for their family to survive the long, brutal winter. This book will have you turning pages late into the night, but remember to keep a light on! I found this book enjoyable, and I think you will too! I’m never stepping foot in a village ever, and I suggest you do the same. You will probably feel the same way after you read it.