Amateur ghost-hunter Perry Palomino has battled ghosts, fought off skinwalkers and skirted the fine line between life and death. But can she survive bunking down in Seattle for a week with her partner (and man she secretly loves) Dex and his perfect girlfriend, Jennifer? And can she do so while being tormented by a malicious spirit from Dex’s increasingly shady past? With love and life in the balance, Perry must discover the truth among the lies or risk losing everything she’s ever cared about.
When I first started this series, I was excited. A haunted lighthouse? Yes! But then I read Red Fox with its haunted couple and thought, YES! This is awesome! THEN, I read Dead Sky Morning, with the haunted island and was jumping out of my seat. A haunted island is the BEST THING EVER! And now, I read Lying Season where Dex and Perry are going to a haunted mental institution? It just keeps getting better and better!
I was so worried starting this series, thinking that I wasn’t going to be scared, or that the first book would be good, but the next ones won’t compare, but I was SO WRONG! The stories just keep getting better and better, the relationship between Dex and Perry with all of its sexual tension and just, well, ALL THE THINGS keeps getting better and better, and the more I read these books, the scarier they get. That’s right. With Lying Season, I was actually kind of scared. This isn’t to say that the previous books weren’t scary (because they were), but they didn’t make me want to sleep with the lights on. Lying Season totally did. Maybe it’s the mental institution, but SCARY THINGS HAPPEN!
And the relationship between Dex and Perry? So many things happened at the end of Dead Sky Morning, that I wanted to jump into this novel with things laid out neatly and finally get what I’ve been wanting in the past three books. But I’m still left on the edge of my seat, tapping my foot as I read, wanting ALL THE THINGS to happen, but not knowing when that’s going to happen. Any fan of the series will say the same thing. The great thing, though, is that Dex and Perry’s relationship is so normal – nothing comes easy, even love. Karina Halle is a master at writing a story that will make my heart soar at one point, then make it plummet during another.
Oh, and the cover for this installment is SO GORGEOUS and completely fitting to the story. Probably my favourite cover so far. It’s perfect!
I feel like all I do with these reviews is gush and gush about Karina Halle and her characters and her stories, but it can’t be helped. I finish each book and immediately need more. This is such a good thing and it’s landed Karina on my “must buy” list.
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