By: The Brothers Washburn
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press, LLC
Publishing Date: March 2013
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: February 26, 2013
Look out Grimm Brothers - there’s a new ‘team’ in town that knows all about how to combine YA with the realm of horror and suspense.
Trona, California is the location of this unique tale - an isolated mining town that’s beyond boring and basically filled with nothing but sand that sits between Death Valley and…the middle of nowhere.
When we begin, it is Halloween, and eleven-year-old Cammy is working hard to corral the neighborhood children as she takes them door to door to receive their candy. What she doesn’t know is that something truly evil is following behind. When a little boy from the Halloween group completely disappears - never to be heard from again - the story jumps forward seven years and begins a dark, eerie thrill ride of events.
Cal is Cammy’s best friend and has been since they were kids. However, as they’ve grown up, a little bit of romance is now flowing through their relationship (at least in Cal’s mind). Cal grew up to be a popular kid, and has tried his very best to forget about that awful Halloween so long ago. Unlike Cal, Cammy can’t forget about it. Ever since that night she has been wary of literally everything and everyone, especially a location in town that scares her to her very core.
You see, there is a dilapidated place in Trona called Searles Mansion. This is a house that everyone in town is frightened to even get close to because of a very odd past, but Cammy can’t shake the feeling that this mansion has something to do with the long ago disappearance.
When another child suddenly goes missing, Cammy and Cal end up caught in a truly twisted tale that involves everything from a horrific entity to a government conspiracy that will surprise every reader. One thing is for certain, when you come to the last page you’re going to seriously want Book II deposited in your hands as fast as possible. It’s THAT good!
Quill says: It’s not a lie that the Grimm Brothers now have competition; this series is already proving to be a recipe of thrills, chills and suspense that YA fans will absolutely love!