Pitch Green is a YA horror book written by The Brothers Washburn. The story begins on Halloween night with the neighborhood kids out trick-or-treating. The youngest of one group, Hughie, disappears near a deserted old mansion. He wasn’t the first and won’t be the last to disappear from the town of Trona. Seven years after Hughie’s disappearance, another child goes missing. The FBI shows up to investigate and the detective interviews Camm, the high school senior who was the last one to see Hughie on that Halloween night when she was ten years old.
Camm uses the FBI agent to find out everything she can about the investigation. Suffering from guilt all these years, she determines to solve the mystery of the missing boy. Camm gets her next door neighbor, Hughie’s brother Cal, involved in her detective work . They feel certain the mystery involves the old mansion in town. Once they find a way inside the creepy old place, they find evidence that Hughie’s kidnapper had been there. His Halloween ghost costume, complete with blood stains, was in the dungeon.
If you love a scary story, Pitch Green is sure to satisfy. The stench of sulfur, the cold desert air, the Halloween night, and the thing watching from the bushes was the perfect setting for horror to happen. The creepy atmosphere of the old mansion with the broken clock bonging at midnight gave me chills. The hints of the monster hidden in the shadows may haunt your dreams for some time to come. The spooky atmosphere was my favorite part of Pitch Green.
The characters of Camm and Cal were well-written and enjoyable, although Cal seemed a bit indifferent to his missing brother. Camm made up for it with her guilt and her push to resolve the mystery. The two kids were creative in their thinking and they kept at it despite the government’s desire to hold them back. Not that they had any choice. It was a life or death situation they were tangled in.
Pitch Green was a fun, creepy read for older teens and adults. The book involves older teens using guns if that bothers you. Some of the other content may be too much fright for younger readers. I would recommend using your discretion for your own child. Pitch Green is a spooky story that will send shivers up their back, but it isn’t filled with lots of blood and gore. The writing leaves more to the imagination in the way of things that go bump in the night. The ending left room for a sequel while having a satisfactory ending of its own. I would recommend Pitch Green to any fan of YA horror.
A review copy of Pitch Green was provided to me by the publisher, Jolly Fish Press, for this review.