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The Haunting of Pico (Pico, Texas - Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Kampman

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Pico, Texas is full of secrets, as Chris discovers when his family unwittingly moves into the town’s haunted house.

As an Asian adoptee relocating from a big city, Chris worries about fitting into a small-town high school still using a Rebel soldier for its mascot. But to his relief, the attitudes of the town are changing, and soon he has friends, a job, and a cute new neighbor.

Still, the shadow of a less tolerant time lingers.

Sixty years ago, Charlotte Monroe was murdered in Pico, hanged from the oak outside of Chris’s bedroom window. Chris is sure that it’s her ghost he hears every night. As the weeks go by and Charlotte’s midnight wailing gives way to violent outbursts, Chris knows that to save his family he must put the sins of the past to rest.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983592225
  • Publisher: Dark Fiction (Dec 27 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QW498U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young adult ghostly mystery with a male protagonist Feb. 3 2012
By Kate McMurry - Published on Amazon.com
Fifteen-year-old Chris and his beautiful, fourteen-year-old sister Eve are quite unhappy when their parents decide to move from laid-back urban life in California to the small town of Pico in Texas. Chris and Eve are non-biological siblings who were separately adopted by their parents from Korea, and at first Chris is worried that his Asian heritage will lead to prejudice against him and Eve in Pico. Fortunately, that does not happen, but he soon discovers that he has far greater problems than his social life. His parents have unknowingly purchased an old house for Chris's family that has been haunted for over 60 years by a previous owner of the house who was murdered on the property. The rage-filled ghost poses a serious threat to Chris and his sister, and he is determined to solve the mystery of what is holding the ghost to this world in order to send it on its way.

Both teens and adults who enjoy a paranormal mystery with a strong climax will be pleased with this story. It is also suitable for boys as much as girls, because it has a strong male protagonist, something that is much too infrequent in YA fiction. Chris is a sympathetic, compelling hero, and the coterie of friends he draws to himself are quite entertaining, as well.

While this novel has some excellent comic repartee scattered throughout, I would label the story primarily drama. And at certain moments it moves from mystery into suspense or downright thriller because of some truly creepy villains who crank up the action. (Note: I myself am not a fan of horror, and anyone who loves horror may not find this novel particularly scary. But for readers such as myself who don't read horror or can't stomach extreme violence, this story is plenty frightening, particularly in the ultimate resolution of the main plot.)

For fans of romantic triangles in YA, there is a quite unusual and interesting one in this book for you to enjoy.

I particularly recommend this fun, paranormal mystery to anyone who loves the Dead Is YA paranormal mystery series by Marlene Perez or enjoyed the male hero in Also Known as Rowan Pohi by Ralph Fletcher.

For those concerned about the age appropriateness of this story: There are a few sexual situations (though discretely handled), a bit of underage drinking, and several scenes of strong violence. Because of these things, some parents may consider this story more appropriate for teens 16 and above.

I rate this book as follows:

Hero: 5 stars
Subcharacters: 5 stars
Villain(s): 5 stars
Mystery Plot: 5 stars
Paranormal Elements: 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5 stars
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Read Jan. 4 2012
By Backtothebike - Published on Amazon.com
The Haunting of Pico is a ghost story aimed at young adults -- e.g., its protagonists are in high school -- but it's not written at a juvenile level. The story centers around Chris, a high school sophomore, who has been unwillingly relocated from urban California to rural Texas. His sister Eve, who is just one year younger and "nauseatingly popular," provides the comic relief during their journey. Unsurprisingly, Chris and his sister are at least somewhat pleasantly surprised to discover that their new school isn't as bad as they'd feared, and they begin making friends. Chris makes a few particularly interesting new female friends, including Rose, the mysterious girl next door. Things take a turn for the worse, though, when Chris's new house begins making noises. It sounds as if their house may really be as haunted as the locals say.

We then follow Chris and his friends as they search the house for the source of the sounds, and interview older residents in town to discover their cause. It looks like there really had been some secrets hidden in Pico....

There's also a second plot line involving Chris and his new girl friends (or girlfriends?) which is at turns both funny and suspenseful, and everything comes together at the end in an action scene that kept me up reading until the book was finished.

Pluses: great cast of characters, good balance of action and humor, great plot twists, defied stereotypes about small towns
Minuses: would have liked more "local flavor" for Pico
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story line with intersting characters Jan. 4 2012
By - Tech been good to me - - Published on Amazon.com
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This was an interesting and very enjoyable read. Realistic dialogue from solidly drawn characters. Especially enjoyed Chris, the main character, and his interactions with his parents, sister and peers. Subtle clues helped to provide suspense without giving away the ending. Satisfying ending. Looking forward to more adventures with Chris as he explores his new town.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read Jan. 3 2012
By S. Nasta - Published on Amazon.com
The plot and characters are the standouts in The Haunting of Pico. In the first couple of chapters we meet the characters and get acquainted with the back story, then the plot winds its way through several surprises to end at an action-packed finale. There are a few parallel plotlines, which complement each other and come together at the end. I thought the characters were also done really well; the protagonist, Chris, is realistic and likable, and his friends and family are an interesting mix of archetypes. Several characters are very funny, and the two who play the roles of villains are really well done: one is thoroughly detestable, while the other is far more subtle. I really enjoyed the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down May 15 2012
By Gretchen L. Rix - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a book I couldn't put down even though it's aimed at the YA audience. I'm definitely not in the YA demographic anymore, but who'd have ever thought I'd be so wrapped up in the story that I couldn't set it down until finding out what happened at that damned school dance!

THE HAUNTING OF PICO should entertain most readers, young and not so young. And, oh, this is a horror novel. After you're finished with it, try his other horror novel CHANCE IN HELL. It's equally good.The Cowboy's Baby

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