I’m just going to go on record and say it right now… I am so sad this series is coming to an end. So sad in fact, that while I bought the book the day it was released, I couldn’t bring myself to read it until at least a week later.
The awesome 3 — Perry, Dex and newly added producer / best friend Rebecca travel to a haunted school in New England to investigate. The ghost children and Creepy Clown Lady — now known as Perry’s late grandmother, Pippa – find their way into Perry’s dream. Pippa delivers a warning that Perry should not investigate this school and should in fact, quit Experiment in Terror altogether.
There are a lot of nostalgic moments in this novel and you can tell throughout the book that Karina Halle is wrapping things up for these characters. I personally enjoyed the fact that the characters got to revel in some shared memories. From the reader’s standpoint, it makes you feel like you are part of these characters lives in some small way.
Also, in Ashes to Ashes, we learn more definitively that Ada is afflicted with a similar gift to Perry. Ada can also see the dead. This of course makes sense as Karina Halle has said on her website that she intends to make an Ada Palomino series. Definitely not a series to be missed.
Ashes to Ashes has lots of grit, bad ass musical references and sexiness infused! If you loved the other novels in the Experiment in Terror series, then this is definitely one to devour!
Truth be told, I want to dissect and discuss this book from beginning to end. This book and this entire series are that good.
SPOILER ALERT (if you have not read Come Alive or Ashes to Ashes – then go no further. Otherwise, mouseover and click on the text below to read)
[su_spoiler title=”Spoiler — Come Alive & Ashes to Ashes” style=”fancy” anchor=”Ashes to Ashes”]In Come Alive – Dex learns that he and Perry cannot have children for two reasons:
1) If she has a child with Dex, it is likely that she will be possessed (again).
2) The child will have the same gift / affliction that Perry and Dex have but times like 10000.
This would put the child in even more danger. In Ashes to Ashes, Perry is still clueless about this fact. While it is not brought up, I am going out on a limb to speculate that this will be one of the major points of the story in the final book for the Experiment in Terror Series: Dust to Dust.
My hope (and this is pure speculation) is that Dex and Perry form some kind of paranomal research society and Karina Halle creates a spinoff series from that. I’m probably alone in this — but i’m just not ready to let these characters go.[/su_spoiler]