Monday, June 08, 2015

Coffin Hill, Volume 1 by Caitlin Kittredge with art by Inaki Miranda

Wicked Witch of Coffin Hill, 
Buried in the woods and waits there still.
Hide your face and close your eyes,
If you see her you will die!

Eve Coffin comes from a prominent New England family that originally came over on the Mayflower.  Her family has a secret - they are witches.  One of her ancestors fled from the Salem Witch Trails and founded Coffin Hill, Massachusetts.  The residents of Coffin Hill know not to go in the woods for that is the resting place of the Coffin Witch.  When Eve was a teen she had her fill of her family and not being good enough for her mother.  One night, she and her friends decided to call upon the Coffin Witch but instead called something much darker, which changed all their lives forever.  In the present day, Eve Coffin is a rookie Boston police officer.  She gets lucky and ends up solving the Ice Fisher serial killer case and apprehends the killer, only to end up being shot by her roommate's psychotic boyfriend at home.  After recovering from a near-fatal bullet wound, Eve returns home to Coffin Hill.  Things are still strange in Coffin Hill and two teenagers have gone missing.  Eve finds evidence that there are practicing witches in Coffin Hill and joins up with her childhood friend, Police Chief Nate Finn to find the missing teens and discover what is out there in Coffin Hill's woods.

Coffin Hill, Volume 1 is a tale of modern witches with a Lovecraftian twist.  Kittredge has woven together a frightening tale of life in a dying small town with the supernatural world of witchcraft and demons.  The storyline is a bit disjointed as we jump from moments in time to tell the overarching story of rebellion gone wrong.  Miranda's artwork is composed of dark, clean lines and is overwhelmingly dark.  A true compliment to the narrative being spun by Kittredge.  Fans of Steven King, Joe Hill, and Anne Rice will really enjoy this new series and I dare you to read just one volume (thankfully, VBPL has Coffin Hill, Volume 2 ready for you).  This is definitely an adult series with very adult situations, graphic violence, and adult language.

You can find Coffin Hill, Volume 1 by Caitlin Kittredge on the VBPL Catalog. If you enjoyed Coffin Hill, you may want to try Locke & Key by Joe Hill or The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

Review by Michelle L. Chrzanowski, TCC Norfolk Campus Library 

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