Saturday, October 13, 2012

Dead Sky Morning by Karina Halle

Title: Dead Sky Morning
Author: Karina Halle
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Release Date: October 13, 2011
Pages: 358 pages (paperback)
How I Got the Book: Received a copy from the author
Purchase/Pre-order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Promotional Materials and More: series website

Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror, #3)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.


Quick disclaimer as always: The author is one of my friends. This in no ways affects my review or rating.

-rubs circles on temples- Oh, what these books do to me... I like them and I'm sooooooo glad I've got all the available books in reach for when I'm in the mood for them, but I got issues with them sometimes.

Dex and Perry's latest assignment takes them to D.Arcy Island, where a bunch of lepers died and now no one wants to camp there because the place is supposed to be haunted to hell and back. The descriptions of the island, its hauntings, and how Perry and Dex start to slowly fall apart as the days go on are fantastic and really claw their way into you. Their complex relationship gets kicked up a few notches (especially because of the thing in the tent). I did drift from it every now and then, but as I've done with past novels in the series, I read them in large sections. That's apparently a thing with this series and me: I read them slowly but all at once.

I generally love the way the novel is written, but at times, it got a little too heavy-handed. Like this quote from the 61% mark on my Kindle: "There was something weird happening between us. I didn't know what it was. I felt like it had been building up for the last couple of days, some strange chemistry or an overload of tension or something." Considering readers have been up to their necks in the sexual tension between them for two-and-a-half books by that point, that's just telling us something we already know. I have a few similar quotes highlighted, along with some bits of rough writing and small typos. It's one of my things to do that with any book.

And unfortunately for this book, I was reading another novel at the same time that got me really keyed up and irritated at anything to do with infidelity. When it came up in Dead Sky Morning, it took some restraint to keep myself from blowing up.

To make reading Lying Season that much sweeter, I'm going to put it off a bit and try to get a few other books read in the meantime. When the time is right, I'll come back (and knowing me, that might happen next week).

3.5 stars!

What am I reading next?: Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama