In the small town of Trona, Colorado, nothing much happens and everyone knows to stay away from the old abandoned mansion. On Halloween night, friends Camm and Cal are taking around a few neighborhood kids for trick-or-treating, including Cal’s younger brother, Hugh. When Hugh disappears, Camm is convinced it has something to do with the old house, and she and Cal set out on a dangerous mission to find Hugh and solve the mystery of all the other missing Trona children.
I love a good scary story, and this one does not disappoint. The Brothers Washburn do a wonderful job of building great characters, bone-chilling suspense and unforgettable settings. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the old abandoned house and that parts of the story are told from the perspective of the scary, nasty creature that lurks there.
The narrative has a quick pace and the writing is sharp and engaging. There is great chemistry and banter between the two teenage main characters. Guys and girls, young and old, can enjoy this young adult horror novel.
Rated: Mild. For mild gore, violence and scary situations.