it doesn't feel like he's going to top Let The Right One In, but after 243 pages, I would say I'm quite hooked on it. some secrets of Domaso have been revealed--the human sacrifices, the dynamics gone askew when these characters were younger (this book deals in long flashbacks, but they are gripping, and provide answers)--but what exactly threatens the island is still unclear...maybe just...the sea? meanwhile, the Spiritus (gross worm thingy) gives Simon awesome power. as I approach the halfway point, I feel confident that this book--a little slow--has greatness in it, waiting to burst out. the last 100 pages or so have turned it into a better read.