I totally enjoyed this fascinating paranormal novel; not only is it well-written and highly character-driven, it's also very believable. The author deftly weaves paranormal elements (which here contain a foundation of genetic and molecular biology), and the history of the community is revealed intermittently, through several different characters. The cast is large, but exceedingly well-delineated.
Tanneheuk, Montana, is everybody's ideal small town, really too good to be true. Free of crime, poverty, bigotry; yet there is an out-of-statistical-proportion incidence of adolescents who are maimed or injured; and then there's that annual Fall lottery held every September. When the veil is drawn back, it's clear that the Utopia of Tanneheuk is in actuality a scary Dystopia.