Saturday 25 May 2013

Old Blood (Experiment in Terror, #5.5) by Karina Halle

 A haunting novella from the Experiment in Terror Series...

From her harrowing introduction in Darkhouse, the spectre known as “Creepy Clown Lady” has been a constant fixture in Perry Palomino’s life. But beyond the horrid makeup and piercing stare lies Pippa, a woman just like everyone else.

Well, not quite.

When Perry discovered Pippa’s message to her and Dex on the EVP recordings, she thought she heard the last of the old woman’s message. She was wrong. In the novella Old Blood, Pippa relays the tale of her troubled and tortured past, revealing how an aspiring actress and loving mother fell into madness and how an unfathomable betrayal led to her untimely death.

For Perry, the repercussions of her message are life-shattering.

Old Blood is #5.5 in the series and occurs between books #5 On Demon Wings and #6 Into the Hollow

  • Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Mystery
  • Age: mature young adult / adult
  • Source: owned ebook 
  • Read in February, 2013

FINAL RATING: ★★★★/★★★★★

4 Stars

"It’s difficult to recall the many details of my life. All that stand out are the important moments, the moments, big and small, that shaped the path I chose."  

The one constant, the catalyst and common denominator in the Experiment In Terror series, is the Creepy Clown Lady. Seeing by both of our heroes and communicating, always warning them, this ghost, won't go away.

But how can they both know her? How can't they remember her? What is her freaking deal?

This novella is her story. The major events that shaped her life. A letter to Dex and Perry and a plea... Not to make the same mistakes. Her last will and statement, her legacy of light and darkness.

The story of the woman behind the red lipstick.

An essential part in the series' mythology, this novella expands its limits. We learn more of the Otherside and what shaped our beloved characters.

Heartbreaking, you can't help but despair and wail by the injustice inflicted upon people. And always, that humans are worse than any ghost.

By writing this kind of backstory novellas, is how you create a complete fictional world, maintain a raving fan base and earn new readers. By not leaving stories untold and characters unexplored. You tell their stories and let you reader decide. More often than not they will love it.

An important factor is also, Karina Halle's ability to create three dimensional, distinctive good/bad characters without making them caricatures, but brutally realistic.

Don't skip this story. Read it, in it's meant order and you won't regret it.


You can also check out my wonderful co-blogger's review:

Kristalia's Review



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