Lying Season (Experiment in Terror #4)

Rated 5.00/5 based on 8 reviews
As if competing against a local ghost hunting TV show and investigating a haunted mental institute isn't bad enough, Perry Palomino's love and loyalty is tested when she has to live with her partner Dex (and his bodacious girlfriend) for a week in wintery Seattle. Can she make it out with her heart and sanity intact? More

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About Karina Halle

From a rock music journalist to a USA Today bestselling author for her Artists Trilogy series, Karina Halle has seen a lot of the world. Luckily, all the years of dabbling in different careers and traversing the globe has given her the perfect background for her stories. Whether it's writing horror romance, romantic suspense or contemporary romance, Karina manages to combine very real people and relationships with very edgy circumstances. When she's not writing about flawed characters or chilling situations, you can find her on Salt Spring Island, BC, drinking wine in her 1920's farmhouse with her husband and their adopted pitbull.

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Review by: Carol on Sep. 01, 2013 :
The series gets better with each book. We finally see the dynamics between Dex and Jenn and get more clues to the past.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lynsey Taylor on Dec. 13, 2012 : (no rating)
Another fabulous tale from Karina Halle.

My first thoughts upon reading the synopsis for this one were "Oh. Dear. You are kidding me, right?"

I mean, we've heard about Dex's girlfriend Jenn a few times in the first three books. We've heard how hot she is and how much everyone lusts after her blah blah blah, including Dex (gag). But that was kind of okay because it was only talk; she wasn't right there in the picture. She was removed, vague, indistinct, abstract...

Then comes this book, and suddenly shit just got a whole lot more real. And a lot more painful!

I don't know about you, but when I read I really, really get absorbed in my books; especially ones as well-written and evocative as these. I live vicariously through the characters, I identify with them, empathise and in some cases, I am that character. I particularly connect well to Perry because I share some of her insecurities. And I can tell you that because of that, this book seriously hurt my feelings. I mean, it literally HURT. I could feel my chest squeezing in jealousy and anguish and I had to blink hard more than once. So in that respect, it was not a 'fun' read, and yet there were other moments of it that I wouldn't swap for the world. I was such a wreck afterwards as well; it really took me a while to process everything. In fact, my husband kept stumbling upon me in a trance-like state after I'd finished and he'd be all "what is up with you today?" And I'd be like "Wha? Um, uh, book, thing, Dex, why did he, I don't...uh...."

So it could only be a five star read after that, lol.

It's impossible to say much more without getting into spoiler territory, but just make sure you have a couple of days free of interruptions when you start this one because you will not want to put it down!

As for the rest of it, Perry and Dex are in Seattle to investigate an alleged haunting at a Mental Institute. There were some great spooky scenes as you'll have come to expect by now. There were also some really nice new secondary characters introduced in the form of Dex (and Jenn's) friends. I really liked them and can't wait to see them again, hopefully.

And lastly, my final top tip would be to have the next book to hand for when you finish this one. It's not a cliffhanger, but I defy anyone not to want to know what happens next RIGHT FREAKING NOW!

5 Stars ★★★★★
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kim Bibbee on Sep. 12, 2012 :
This one killed me it was good but Ugh Dex why oh why?????
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: melissa nagtegaal on June 22, 2012 :
If you want a book that leaves you hanging and begging for more, this is it! Can't wait for the next book to come out!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Andrea on Jan. 13, 2012 :
I'm really not very skilled at explaining WHY I like a book. All I can say is that this entire series is top notch. I recommend them to everyone. Keep 'em coming Karina!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nandi Berry on Dec. 28, 2011 :
I was hoping this book would start shedding some light on things, and while it did it also opened up a whole can of worms. I did have several of my suspicions from the earlier books confirmed, which was pretty cool.
This has the same funny, witty moment mixed with terrifying encounters, as the first three books. Yet it also has some heart wrenchers for fans. I love how much Dex and Perry have grown since DarkHouse. Yet part of me wishes that Ms Halle hadn't taken the route she did. I understand why she did, it gives the books depth, drama, and makes them the drop everything I have to read it now books that they are. Doesn't stop me from wanting to scream at her for this one.
One of the reasons I love these books, is because I can relate so well with Perry. I really think most women can, because she doesn't see herself the everyone else does. I feel many women understand this feeling all to well. I really like that in this book she comes out of her shell so to speak, Perry's transforming into a confident woman. Someone who stands up for herself. I loved that. Yet Dex seems to be slipping. While he seems more grown-up he felt distant. Perhaps this was because of Perry point of view, since the book is from her view, and the things going on between them or this was intentional and the way Ms Halle wanted it. I'm not sure.
I did notice this one was more focused on the characters, bring in several new faces and giving us a better understanding of older ones. Of course there were ghosts, but at least this one didn't give me nightmares.
I feel the need to warn you there is one hell of a highly emotional cliff hanger at the end. Which means I will once again be waiting impatiently for the next installment of this series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Megan Caffery on Dec. 13, 2011 :
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Lying Season, and I seriously could not get enough. This is my favourite book in the series thus far (and I LOVE them all), and some of Halle's best work when it comes to the heart of the relationship between Dex and Perry. The novel is emotional, tense, and sexy---everything you've come to know and love from Ms. Halle. But when I say magnify that x10 here, I mean it.

The stage is set in Seattle for this installment, and there is no shortage of action coming at you from every direction. Dex and Perry have an insane asylum to document while trying to keep another ghosthunting show team at bay (and that itself makes for some interesting dialogue). Amidst their work, they have Jennifer Rodriguez and themselves to contend with, which leads to nothing short of an explosion waiting to happen.

I can't say enough about Ms. Halle's writing and this series, but I'm seriously in love with Dex and Perry and need more after every turn of every page. Bring on book #5!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Megan Caffery on Dec. 13, 2011 :
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Lying Season, and I seriously could not get enough. This is my favourite book in the series thus far (and I LOVE them all), and some of Halle's best work when it comes to the heart of the relationship between Dex and Perry. The novel is emotional, tense, and sexy---everything you've come to know and love from Ms. Halle. But when I say magnify that x10 here, I mean it.

The stage is set in Seattle for this installment, and there is no shortage of action coming at you from every direction. Dex and Perry have an insane asylum to document while trying to keep another ghosthunting show team at bay (and that itself makes for some interesting dialogue). Amidst their work, they have Jennifer Rodriguez and themselves to contend with, which leads to nothing short of an explosion waiting to happen.

I can't say enough about Ms. Halle's writing and this series, but I'm seriously in love with Dex and Perry and need more after every turn of every page. Bring on book #5!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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