Review: Ashes to Ashes

Tuesday 1 October 2013
Ashes to Ashes Ashes to Ashes by Karina Halle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I simply love this series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. The relationship between Dex and Perry is perfect. I just love Perry’s insecurities and Dex’s boldness and brashness.

Now living together in Seattle, Dex and Perry embark on their next EiT adventure with ex-Wine Babe Rebecca for company this time. As expected, this book freaked the hell out of me. I know what to expect from these books but still haunted children did me in this time.

Perry and Dex are challenged with investigating an old sanatorium which has been re-opened as a school. The sanatorium, originally used as a closed facility for housing children suffering from TB holds the secrets to the children who now haunt the school. Following reports of strange goings-on, Perry and Dex and their trusty camera head to investigate in an attempt to record the strange reports.

Travelling back towards her home town, Perry knows the inevitable family visit is on the cards but first her and Dex must face the horrors of the sanatorium. Warned by Pippa once again, Perry presses ahead with the investigation and together with Dex they enter the school.

This book had me reading on the edge of my seat, I don’t think there is anything more powerful than your own mind and reading this at night was certainly not a good idea for me. Karine Halle excelled herself this time with her imagination and the book’s intensity continued throughout the book.

Dex and his quotes are once again out in force in this story and he adds a hint of much-needed humour to these stories. On the reverse side though, he shows immense sensitivity and even had me choked by the sweet things he says to Perry at times.
“From the moment I wake up to the moment I go asleep and even in my dreams. I don’t think about my past anymore. I only think about my future. And you’re my f***ing future.”
Perry once again seemed to be targeted by both her personal demons and those present in the ex-sanatorium.
“I was like the highly sought after call girl of the supernatural. A whore for the unhappily deceased.”
This book ends on another cliff hanger with a chance meeting that raises questions about where Dex and Perry will go next on their EiT adventures.
“To the things that hurts you most. To the paranormal and to never being normal.”
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