Well that was not as scary as I imagined it was when I read it way back in the 70's. This book was my #1 nightmare I never dared re-read it till now. Sure I was a pre-teen and hadn't been jaded by life and media, but it seemed so scary in my twisted memory. It was different from the movie. The first half of the book was slow, filled with family drama. The second half was much better, bad things were happening and I cold feel some fear. So first half 2 stars, second half 4.