Today we have a few guest bloggers with us, authors Andy and Berk Washburn, otherwise known as The Brothers Washburn. This is my first podcast interview of the year. I hope you enjoy getting to know more about them and their debut novel Pitch Green, Book One in the Dimensions in Death series from Jolly Fish Press. This interview was so much fun. I hope you can hear their excitement even if you cannot see them.
Pitch Green will be available at Amazon and B&N in paperback, hard cover, and ebooks on March 16, 2013.
Genre: YA Horror
Description: Two teenagers try to discover why children in their little town keep disappearing, only to uncover an evil presence lurking in a old mansion that will kill them if they cannot discover its secrets. Trona is a small, smoggy, mostly insigniﬁcant town in California. 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, Hughie, disappeared, becoming one of the 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 Hughie’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 evil lurking deep within the bowels of the mansion is now hunting them. To make matters worse, they become entangled with hostile federal agents, who will do all they can to keep old secrets permanently hidden.
Left with only their wit and seemingly ineffective ﬁrearms, Camm and Cal know time is running out. Unless they can make sense of the few pieces of the puzzle they manage to unearth, their lives are in danger, and like so many others before them, they may also disappear without a trace.
My Review: This novel has the classic creep factor recipe. Take Trona, a small town that is run down and where nothing grows and mix it with a hidden mansion that is falling to ruin. People in the town say it is haunted and children try to stay away from it. Then on Halloween night Cal’s brother Hughie disappears. Fast forward six years and see how the tragedy has affected the lives of those who were there that night. Camm carries guilt for having left Hughie alone to save a child almost hit by a car. And then another child disappears from a locked and fenced in yard. An FBI agent rolls into town and the lives of friends Cal and Camm will never be the same.
From the first scene on Halloween to the last words of the novel I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! I even put off feeding my children dinner so I could finish. I have not read a horror novel like this since Stephen King. It scared me so much that I slept with the lamp on by my bed that night. I get goose bumps just thinking about it again.
If you like YA horror you will love this novel. I cannot wait to see how the rest of the story unfolds. I want to know more about the guardian of the mansion. [5 stars]