Camille Preaker is a journalist trying to prove herself. She is sent to her small home town of Wind Gap, Missouri to get information about the brutal slaying of two young girls. Camille is loath to visit her very dysfunctional family, especially her mother. The atmosphere of evil is very palpable: the town’s main industry is a pig abattoir where one can hear the atrocious squeals of pigs and witness their inhumane treatment; children have lost their innocence and are tortured souls; adults behave as though they are still in high school and have nothing to do but gossip and throw vitriol. Who murdered these girls and what is the world coming to? wonder the townspeople. Camille will uncover the mystery but in the process will also discover the horrors of her past.
This is a very chilling psychological murder-mystery. Stephen King calls it «A very nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insight».