Ashes to Ashes (Experiment in Terror #8) by Karina Halle
Publication date: December 11th 2013
Genres: Horror, New Adult, Supernatural
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.
And they want Perry.
If you checked out my spotlight on the Experiment in Terror series, you will see that I’m a huge fan of this series and highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys reading books about the paranormal. Ashes to Ashes is the eighth book in this nine part series, and just when I thought the hauntings couldn’t get any creepier, any more chilling, and the love scenes between Perry and Dex any hotter, Halle proves me wrong with this book, and it is one of the best in the series. Each book just gets better and better!
As this series draws closer to its conclusion, and I look back at how the plot has progressed, I have to say I am very impressed with all of the thought and planning that Halle put into this series beforehand. I can now see how all of the minute details and foreshadowing have been cleverly interwoven throughout all of the books to provide continuity and plot unity even when I wasn’t always aware of it. If you follow the series but haven’t read this latest installment, I hope you will do so as soon as you can because you won’t be disappointed!
Ashes to Ashes picks up shortly after the last book ends. Perry and Dex have been living together for two months now, working to strengthen their relationship which is still a bit fragile. Perry has made significant progress in letting go of past hurts and has opened her heart to Dex once again. And Dex, dare I say that handsome devil has turned into quite the sweetie? Don’t worry though, Dex is still the same pervert we all have come to know and love; he’s just moved beyond many of the emotional wounds that made him behave like a “douchecanoe” in the past. Their future together seems much brighter until the upcoming episode for their web show pulls them into the dark, ominous world of the supernatural once again, and along the way leads Perry to question how well she really knows Dex.
With Rebecca as part of their team now, the trio heads to a reputed haunted grade school in Oregon that used to serve as a sanitarium to quarantine children with Tuberculosis until a cure was found. This “house of death” is filled with the ghosts of those poor, forgotten children who suffered terribly and the spirits of those responsible for the evil that once took place there. I was shocked and appalled by some of the eerie stories the group hears, but I was downright terrified by some of the intense, pulse-raising fright-inducing scenes that make up the second half of the book.
In addition to the supernatural entities that are after Perry, she also has to deal with the reappearance of Pippa who visits her in her dreams and conveys cryptic warnings about Perry’s future and the evil looming ahead. While Perry is still trying to wrap her mind around Pippa’s insistence that she is in danger, Rebecca drops two bombshells that cause Perry’s insecurities to rise to the surface all over again. To top everything off, Perry visits her family and, although their relationship is strained because of Dex, I have to say I’m proud of Perry for facing her family’s criticism and rejection head on in order to begin the healing process.
The ending of the book introduces us to the last leg of Perry and Dex’s journey and boy is it going to be intense! Pippa’s warnings are now starting to make sense and the last book will finally bring the story to a full circle. I cannot wait!
I received an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review.
The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.