Pitch Green by The Brothers Washburn

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.
Hardcover, 280 pages Expected publication: March 16th 2013 by Jolly Fish Press (first published March 13th 2013)  ISBN  9780988649 (ISBN13: 9780988649118)


In a small town where it's become common for people to go missing. There is a mysterious house that seems to be behind the disappearing people. But there can never be found a bit of evidence, and nobody has lived there for years.

One Halloween night Hughie goes missing. Camm and Cal know deep inside that his disappearance has to do with that house, but the police could not find anything. And now when Camm and Cal turn 18 there is an FBI search into the missing people's case and the town in general. As the police could not find anything with each individual case, there has been so many stacking up that it's time to look further.

The FBI agents let the kids help them out a bit and tag along with them as they explore the house and question the townsfolk. What they do find is that Hughie's Halloween costume is in the house and there is something that is not right about that house. It's ominous and there seems to be a lot more people that know things, and they aren't talking.

Pitch Green is a very fast paced read that has a storyline that keeps not only the ominous house but what is in the house very unique and imaginative. Although the story has a scary edge to it, it's fun for younger readers and teens that are looking for something fun and very goosebumps (but more adult) feel to it.

Warning: There is usage of guns by the main characters, violent battle scenes but nothing too graphic.


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