- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 146794825X
- ISBN-13: 978-1467948258
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 250 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The chemistry between Dex and Perry has never been hotter. The stakes have never been higher. The dialogue, internal and verbal, has never been sharper or as laugh-out-loud funny. I must give Halle some serious credit." - Bookish Babes
"This book was like super, duper, fantastic, amazingness all wrapped in a bow. With a side of jack daniels. This series just keeps getting better and better. As for my rating...you guessed it....5 LARGE stars!" - Beckoned By Books
"This was such a killer good fourth book in the Experiment in Terror Series. Karina Halle really knows how to make me want to pull my hair out and frighten me at the same time with her ghost story." - Seeing Night Reviews
"I absolutely loved this novel. Halle's best one yet!" - Midnight Wish Reviews
"Lying Season is a great addition to Karina Halle's Experiment in Terror series. She continues to suck me in with each installment and I am always left wanting more... like now! I would highly recommend this series to any lover of a good ghost story or paranormal romance. It is the best of both worlds!" -Pawing Through Books
About the Author
Karina Halle is a bit of an enigma. A rock music journalist by day, she travels the earth searching for the next big metal/rock band to fall in love with. By night, she can be found writing her much-loved Experiment in Terror Series and having conversations with Perry and Dex in her head. Karina currently resides in Vancouver's West End and can often be found with a bottle of wine, listening to her music a bit too loudly. She wishes she could see ghosts like her characters do, but then again, perhaps they don't like rock n' roll.
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Turns out the mental institution isn’t all that creepy; or more to the point – we don’t get to spend enough time in it to really get immersed in the creepy atmosphere. The ghost of Dex’s ex. girlfriend does make an appearance and she doesn’t seem all that friendly. In fact, she seems to be downright homicidal (must be the aftereffects of Dex’s charms). We also get some backstory on Perry’s past and the “Accident” from high school but not enough information to know how it ties into everything – other than it was the first time Perry saw a ghost.
The interactions between Perry, Dex and Jenn are downright cringe-worthy. Perry learns she has an actual reason to dislike Jenn (other than seething jealousy) and she gets egged on by Dex’s friend (and the other half of Wine Babes) and as it turns out there is no love lost among the wine drinking divas. Perry has a friend to commiserate with over how awful Jenn is; however, truth be told – maybe Jenn has a reason for being awful (other than the really awful thing she did to Perry, which was childish and inexcusable) - her boyfriend is Dex – and he is no prize. Still despite the volatile dynamics between Dex and Jenn, and Dex’s clear ambivalence about their relationship – Perry decides to insert herself in the middle of it – exactly where she does NOT belong. (Granted Dex does string Perry along and sends her glaringly mixed signals; but he also clearly back peddles every time he gets called on those signals. He spews a lot of innuendo and romantic speculation; but when push comes to shove, Perry is “a very good friend” and when she tells him flat out to break up with Jenn – his response is overwhelmingly underwhelming – “It’s not that easy”, “too much of a risk”, he “doesn’t like change” – does he need to take out a billboard?
Still Perry remains hopeful and things build to a denouement which showcases Perry at her absolute worst. She obliterated all the grudging respect I was beginning to feel for her from Dead Sky Morning by acting immature, vindictive, completely classless, nearly instigating a cat fight with Jenn like a middle-schooler in the girl’s bathroom and proclaiming this “one of the best nights” of her life – because clearly she has the opportunity to score with intoxicated and “broken hearted” Dex – and obviously that will change *everything*.
The Pippa reveal was interesting.
The highlight of this installment was Fat Rabbit Dex and Jenn’s French bulldog. Frankly no one was giving the adorable little snoring, farting, sniffling package the proper care or attention. None of these people deserve to have a dog.
The book started with Perry finishing up a training session boot camp. She spent some time getting into shape and working on her own self esteem. I really liked the new Perry, as she was finally 100% of the person she totally had the potential to be.
It was Dex I had an issue with.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m just not rooting for Dex and Perry as a couple. To me, she deserves better. Dex is a 30 something loser with a shallow girlfriend and no desire to change. He may mesh better with Perry, but I just can’t ignore the fact that he picked a girl like Jenn. On the surface, I was like oh well it’s a good example of why a good personality, brains, and uniqueness will always beat out the fake and shallow Barbies of the world. But then I overthink and start wondering what kind of person Dex has to be if he stayed with the Barbie for this long. And if Perry is so much more his type, why does he choose to semi cheat on and talk about his girlfriend in a negative way? It’s rude. Jenn may be horrible, but most of what makes her so horrible is her incompatibility with Dex and how mean she is to him and if she’s a horrible person for being like that, then Dex is, too. I don’t know.
I guess I probably should just realize that as much as I enjoyed the novel and love the plot, this series will never be to me what it is to other people. The characters, though I love them, make me roll my eyes and make horrible decisions and just aren’t the type of people I would ever want to actually meet. Despite my issues with the whole Dex, Lying Season was fun, scary, and full of drama. I did speed right through it and I would recommend it to others. While Dex and Perry aren’t my favorite characters in fiction, their adventure is fun to read about.
Experiment in Terror series is a fun read and I do recommend it because I know most people will (and do) love it. It’s perfectly creepy and the characters slowly grow into better people. With that being said, I don’t know that I’ll move on to the other books myself. I think I’ll just leave the series alone for now until I gain some sort of “what happened to Dex and Perry” curiosity.
Lying Season was another solid addition to the Experiment in Terror series. I am really fallen in love with the characters in this book, and can't wait to read how their journey will go. There were a couple of times I was annoyed with Dex, I just wanted to smack him and tell him to look what is right in front of him. My heart broke for Perry. I can't even imagine what she is going through, but the last chapter was pretty brutal.
The filming in the mental institute was really creepy. I have watched movies that took place in mental hospitals and it always creeped me out. Karina really knows how to make the horror aspect come alive in this series. The scenes have me on the edge of my seat and I just can't stop reading. As for Dex's girlfriend Jennifer... I really hate her, I already did but I do more now. I wanted Dex to get his act together, but I think there are still a lot we don't know about him. I just can't wait to discover all of his secrets. I do love how Dex and Perry work together. They are very protective and loyal towards each other. Book 5: On Demon Wings here I come!