The Cypress House is a solid, entertaining read with captivating characters, ambiance, and masterly pace. I was wary, at first, when the story began with military implications, which I don't usually enjoy. Eerie, paranormal elements quickly stole the show, giving the tale more promise than discussions of guns and killing. And then, the main characters emerged, and I was truly intrigued with them, the setting, and time period--Florida Keys during the Great Depression. The villain(s) did not strike me as cookie-cutter variety, although they could well have been, and I can't put my finger on why they indeed lived and breathed. The ending was not unexpected. It had a touch of Hollywood, but I appreciated it nonetheless. Very good read. Paranormal, some horror, love story, mystery, crime -- a well-rounded adventure. Recommended.