Thursday, October 13, 2011

DEAD SKY MORNING: Experiment in Terror (Book 3) Review

Author Karina Halle
With the Experiment in Terror show finding some success, amateur ghost hunters Perry Palomino and Dex Foray embark on their most terrifying investigation yet. A tiny, fog-shrouded island in the rough strait between British Columbia and Washington State has held a dark secret for decades: It was a former leper colony where over forty souls were left to rot, die and bury each other. Now a functioning campground, Perry and Dex spend an isolated weekend there to investigate potential hauntings but as the duo quickly find out, there is more to fear on D’Arcy Island than just ghosts. The island quickly pits partner against partner, spiraling the pair into madness that serves to destroy their sanity, their relationship and their very lives.

Review:  It's no secret that I'm quickly becoming an enthusiastic fan girl of both Halle's Experiment in Terror series and of her, the amazing woman writer.  I devoured the first two books in the series and couldn't wait to get my hands on number three! It does not disappoint! Although, Dead Sky Morning includes another paranormal investigation adventure with main characters, Perry Palomino and Dex Foray, it veers slightly away from the ghostly and delves into the inner hauntings of the characters. The personal closeness is not lost on the reader and is delivered with a raw, natural awkwardness that mimics real life.  Halle's descriptions reveal the vulnerability of relationships along with the flawed imperfections and magnetic complications that come from attraction, experience, emotion and rationality. Dead Sky Morning thematically focuses on morality, and does so through use of setting, history and present day social culture. The isolation is gripping and works to push the climax. By far, the most terrifying of the three books because of the emotional intensity. Of course, I don't want to downplay the horror and paranormal elements in the story.  Oh, they are there and Halle weaves a visual that will put the reader right on the island--chilled, wet, muddy and feeling like eyes are watching from everywhere. You'll hear the cracking of coffins against the rocks. One minute they will be there and the next, they're gone and just like Perry, you'll wonder if you're imagining the entire ordeal. It's an experiment worth trying and I highly recommend all three books. Although, you don't necessarily have to start with Darkhouse (book #1), because each story is a complete spookfest, I'd consider doing so to achieve and understand the complexity and relationship of the main characters. This is a deep, dark horror that deserves high marks from the beginning. I must confess, this fan is ecstatic about the promise of book 4--note: teaser at the end of book three! I'll be waiting....
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Book 1 and Book 2 in the Experiment in Terror Series
Click to read my reviews of DARKHOUSE and RED FOX

KARINA HALLE: From the day she came screaming into this world, in Vancouver, BC, Karina Halle always stood out from the crowd. Born with club feet, she spent the first six years of her life in casts on both legs. Though her disability prevented her from becoming a prima ballerina, it did allow her imagination to flow freely as she created her own little worlds where nothing was impossible (unfortunately, those worlds tended to be on the macabre side - some things don't change). That same curiosity piloted her through numerous travels, a bachelor's degree in journalism, various certificates in film and writing, a successful blog, her current work as a rock music journalist and, of course, her devotion to the Experiment in Terror series. Karina currently resides in Vancouver's West End and can often be found with a bottle of wine, listening to her music a bit too loudly.


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