REVIEW by Lorna : Ashes to Ashes (Experiment in Terror #8) by Karina Halle (@MetalBlonde, @Mollykatie112)

It’s been two months since Perry Palomino and Dex Foray’s relationship reached a new turning point, two months since Perry started a new life in Seattle, and two months since their Experiment in Terror show took on a new partner, ex-Wine Babe Rebecca Sims, and found a new level of success. But whenever there is light in their lives, the madness still has a way of coming back in.

When the team is sent back to the stormy Oregon coast to investigate a haunted school, Perry wants to use the opportunity to reconnect with her family and reintroduce Dex into their lives. Only Perry’s not the only one who’s reaching out – her grandmother Pippa has started appearing to her with disturbing warnings and Perry’s presence at the school has ignited a chilling new wave of supernatural phenomenon. Once used a century ago as a sanatorium to house children dying of tuberculosis, the school’s past residents are slowly coming back to life and with one thing on their mind. They want someone to play with, someone to join them. Forever.

Even when dead, some children get whatever they want.

Ashes to Ashes

This is latest book in Karina Halle’s excellent Experiment in Terror series. For some reason, I thought it was the last in the series with the exception of the one she is writing about the main character’s sister, Ada. Evidently I was very wrong! And the people next door probably could hear me yelling NOOOOOOO! at the end of the book!

This time around, Perry and Dex are sent with the new producer of their show, Rebecca, to the coast of Oregon. They go to visit and stay at a haunted, former tuberculosis sanitarium for children. It is now a school, which was pretty creepy for everyone involved. Actually, this book is right up there with Dead Sky Morning, by this author, as the scariest she has written in this series and believe me, there have been lots of scary moments for this ghost hunting duo. Coincidentally, both books feature ghost children.

Perry and Dex are up there in my top three or four couples of any book I have ever read and that’s saying a lot. Their relationship is so complex and their chemistry together is off the charts. As far as I am concerned, they are the reason to read this series. Not that the story lines aren’t great, they totally are, but it doesn’t get much better then this when reading about two people who have found each other and are the best example of finding the exact right one in life. No one else could truly have their relationship and this is due to all the history between them, their family, their special abilities, and of course their chemistry together. People that have read this series will understand that, I am sure. If you haven’t read this series, then you really need to. It’s not all hearts and flowers believe me. Enough said.

I really like the character of Rebecca. She is both Perry’s and Dex’s best friend. She has usually been the strong one, the helper, the shoulder to cry on for both Perry and Dex. In this one. she has her own problems and secrets. Additionally, the character of Ada, has been a total asset to these books. As Perry’s little sister, she has experienced a lot of the horror that has plagued Perry since she was young. I will be very interested to read the future book about her.

I am not going to go deep into the story. It will be much more creepier for the reader that way. In fact, I was so creeped out by this book, I had to put it down and read something else at night-just couldn’t read it right before bed. Of course since it was such a quick read, that only applies to one night! It really is a page turner, as are all the books in this series.

This series, and the author’s Devil’s Metal series are and in the case of Devil’s Metal, were absolute must reads for me. The author is just a fantastic writer and her story lines and characters are intriguing, complex, and totally engaging.

What didn’t I like about this book? Only one thing and that was that it ended too soon and now I can’t wait to read the next one.

Who would I recommend this book to? Adults that like paranormal or even horror reads. Since it is book number 8, I would suggest starting with book 1. It will be well worth it!

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Ashes to AshesASHES TO ASHES
Experiment in Terror #8

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