Saturday, December 17, 2011

More Frightening and Darker

First Thoughts:
What to say about this book…it was yet again different than the first two books in this series; it surprised me even more than the first two. So much happened between the two main protagonists, things were said and done that couldn’t be taken back and once they were out there it caused the domino effect on future events. There were things in this book that were subtle in the first two books, for one I found that she described in even greater detail of everything, there were times in this book that I had to literally look away because the description was so gruesome and frightening, which in my book is amazing but still some of those images I’ll never get out of my mind *shudders* This book was definitely darker than the first two, it’s like the author is divulging even deeper into the  characters minds and souls, bringing to the surface things about them that they had suppressed to the deepest part of their minds. Something I found in this book was that we learned more about the characters pasts, I learned some really pretty serious things about Perry; things that shocked and saddened me. As for Dex there too were some shocking revelations and also some somewhat speculations. And as I said before the description was very deep, every little description of the island was revealed through imaginary words and images, she did a fantastic job on creating a movie like reading with her description and making it both enjoyable and unique. As for the plot in the story, I thought it to be fantastic, the sub-plots were even greater than the other books, so much happened and by the time I read the last page I wanted more but it left me satisfied with the conclusion of that story. As for the writing style I think it’s changed from the first two,  the author has morphed her two styles from the first two books and experimented into a more sinister and dark style. The style itself was fun and frightening to read, I literally felt fear from this book, the attention to description helped bring the story to reality; it made me think I was in the story.  Now as for the pace of the story I thought it was fast; so much happened that there were very few slow moments, so if you’re a thriller seeker this book could be for you. As for the characters themselves they transformed even more but not always for the better. You might expect when a character to transform that they change for the better but in this story I think they’re reverting to a darker side of themselves; creating a version of themselves that needs to be re-transformed. But as always each and every character was very much lively in this book. What made this book different was the fact that it was just the two of them as the main protagonists in this book; giving them more room to transform and translate. One thing I wish could be added to this series is the continuation of the sub-plot characters, I felt drawn and attached to them but I miss them in the next books. It’s not like its necessary just something in my opinion would add to the texture and levels of the book and storyline. But I enjoyed this book immensely and it has become the favorite out of the three.

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Last thoughts:
I would recommend this book to any seeker of a good ghost story, to be honest the authors partake on them is so much different than the ones I’m used to reading. It’s like she’s broke the rules and stereotype of them and created a newer and fresher version. I would also recommend this to any fans of the series; this is definitely not one you’re going to want to miss out on. I wouldn’t however recommend this if you’re sensitive to foul language(for some reason I found it to be more abundant in this book but I know it’s part of the characters and it didn’t bother me in the least) or sexual contact(though there wasn’t an outright descriptive scene it could be sensitive to certain readers.) This was overall a really good book, one not to be read alone at night. This author has a lot of talent in both creating a new world but also switching and morphing her writing styles from book to book.  I can’t wait to continue reading about their story in Lying Season, where the characters will once again be put to the test.

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