The idea behind this story had me sucked in. As a life-long arachnophobia I have a morbid curiosity for spider stories, especially horror. It's like I can't look away. I covered my eyes and read the book through my fingers as I squirmed - and checked the corners of the ceiling for spiders!
I enjoyed the isolated setting, the unique township, and the high population of bisexual or pan-sexual townsfolk. The 'she likes her' and 'he likes her too' side comments added a lightheartedness to the story.
Unfortunately, the amount of character backstory was too much for my liking. I felt like I spent pages and pages being told why some characters had settled in this secluded location, only for them to die a page later. Yet the main characters weren't given much opportunity to show their growth through the adversity they experienced.
Overall, though, a very interesting concept and enjoyable read.