Lisa Manetti's, The Gentling Box, combines excellent writing with a terrific horror tale. The reader is immediately drawn into a dark world where the sun never shines, and the sense of menace never ends. Ms. Manetti demonstrates that horror exists within the human mind and soul to a greater degree than in any zombie novel. Imre, the protagonist, finds himself in a seemingly endless tunnel of horror controlled by his mother-in-law, the sorceress Anyeta. He is continually forced to choose between the lesser of evils, and takes the reader on a journey none of us would ever want to experience. This novel is not for the faint of heart, and it is not a good idea to read this tale before you go to sleep.