The whole time I was reading this story, I was shivering. The ideas of snakes, ewwww. However, the authors brought home the affect of hoarding and mental instability have on a person's life and how it affects family and love ones.For most of River's life, he danced to the whims of his mother, seeking approval and love, doing things to protect her, accepting her abuse. River does not realize his own mental stress. Nor does he understand he may also need therapy. All is not lost because River is a strong person who can endure. Through an event of his mother making, he will discover that one person who will give him what he needs.