Personally I found a small hatred for Rachel in the book as well, because she was sheltering her child from something we all must learn to deal with and it would only hurt Ellie. Secondly I thought the movie was great. Dale very well shows the loss of sanity from losing his son and the kid who played Gage was fantastic! Super cute and devious all at once. He also played Aaron in full house which really made sense since that kid was such a bully but still a cutey. This movie gives me nightmares for weeks and I've seen it four times already. Such a wuss but I also thought the man who played Jud was ok, I won't lie accent was a little too thick and they really shoulda had a Norma in it, she was a pretty big part with the end.