3.5 stars for the hateful crying mother who uses the silent treatment to control her whole family and the stupid ghost who deserved to die. However, it was still great to know there's a perceptive older sister who would look out for her reckless baby sister and assist an unrepentant ghost. The horrific past was somehow believable and realistic considering the naivety of children and later on, the sudden destruction of innocence with one haunting boat ride. It's the first book I read in the horror genre and I liked it. The imagination really is a powerful tool when reading a book.