"It was not long before the kitchen was a place of stench and clouds of flies."
Dead bodies and incest, yet this is quite the cheerful read - I'm being facetious. Published in 1978 the central action is, as someone noted on www.goodreads.com, reminiscent of Flowers in the Attic. Think that mixed with a side of Stephen King and you'd be right on the money.
I was reading this on the train on my phone, it is relatively short and yet one feels rather awkward when the content includes sibling sex and rotting corpses - gross on all fronts.
Fortunately it is well written and constitutes yet another tick on the 1001 books to read before you die list...hurrah!
4 out of 5 times when the parents away the kids will play.