Character description is vivid, and personalities are only slightly stereotyped. Conflicts at different levels are realistic (except for the magical ones), and help to create more suspense, leading up to a tense ending.
If I had to find something that bothered me, I’d say that the adults in the story are pretty naïve. However, since that’s probably the general consensus of the target readership, it can’t be called a writing flaw.
A fun and appropriate introduction to the Horror genre for pre-teens.
(4 / 5)