Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review: Pitch Green

Title - Pitch Green 
Author - The Brothers Washburn
Series - Dimensions in Death #1
Genre - Horror YA
Publication - March 16th 2013
Format - Arc Paperback
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Trona is a small, smoggy, mostly insignificant town in Colorado. Besides a booming chemical plant, the only thing that characterizes this dismal town is dirt, sagebrush, and an enormous abandoned mansion. 

The mansion is, admittedly, the only notable addition to Trona, but it’s something everyone tries to avoid due to its creepy facade. Everyone except for Camm Smith, who is obsessed with the need to get inside.

Seven years earlier, as Camm herded a pack of little trick-or-treaters past the mansion, her young neighbor, Hugh, disappeared, becoming just one of many children who have vanished from Trona over the years without a trace. Now a senior in high school, Camm is still haunted by the old tragedy and is sure the answer to the mysterious disappearances lies hidden somewhere in the decaying mansion. Joining forces with her best friend, Cal, who also happens to be Hugh’s older brother, Camm naively begins a perilous search for the truth.

As things spiral quickly out of control, and others die, Camm and Cal discover it will take all their combined ingenuity to stay alive. An unseen creature, lurking deep within the bowels of the mansion, seems to have supernatural powers and is now hunting them. Making matters worse, they become entangled with hostile federal agents, who care only about keeping old secrets permanently hidden. Left with only their wit and seemingly ineffective firearms, they know they are running out of time. Unless they can make sense out of the few pieces of the puzzle they manage to unearth, the monster will certainly destroy them, and like so many others before them, they will be gone without a trace.


I received Pitch Green in return for an honest review from the publisher Jolly Fish Press. Camm is still haunted seven years later by the disappearance of her best friends little brother on Halloween night. She was responsible for all the kids and when Hughie fell behind she let herself get distracted by the time she went to look for him he was gone. The sheriff searched the mansion looking for Hughie but came up empty handed he become one of many unsolved mysteries.

Now seven years later another child has gone missing right out of his locked back yard the FBI is called in to investigate the disappearance. When Camm is questioned as a witness she’s determined to help the agent solve the case. After seven long years the mansion is opened against the owners will allowing them to search for the missing boy. What they find inside the mansion is not what is to be expected since it’s been closed since 1941. The mansion is in perfect condition not a bug, spider web or speck of dust. However just one look isn’t enough for Camm when she gets a chance to fakes locking the door so that she can return later to investigate.

Unsure what’s looming in the shadows she enlists the help of her best friend Cal to join her on the search. Together the pair explores deeper into the mansion finding a secret room and what’s left of Hughie’s costume confirming that he was taken. Together Camm and Cal must find out what’s looming in the basement and figure out how to stop it before it can take another life or find them.

Wow! I started reading Pitch Green yesterday afternoon, but I kept getting interrupted and didn't get a chance to pick it up till before bed. I’m not a huge fan of horror books mostly because I have an overactive imagination and I tend to get scared. So of course I was far enough in to know what loomed in the shadows but it didn't haunt my dreams. I even woke up early to finish because I wanted to know what happened to Camm and Cal. Pitch Green is a captivating suspense thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat loaded with creepiness and something that goes bump in the night. I love the writing style the authors give us both sides of the main characters as well as a look into what’s lurking in the shadows which I found interesting to see both sides. I found Pitch Green flows smoothly from start to finish granted it’s a scary story and I’m kind of a wimp I think teens as well as adults will enjoy the book. It reminds me of the scary books I used to read as a teen that used to keep me up all night. I really loved the two main characters they work so well together they complement each other creating the One Team. I can’t wait to read the next one with the teaser they left at the end of this one.  

5 out of 5 stars

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