Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: Old Blood by Karina Halle

Old Blood (Experiment in Terror #5.5) by Karina Halle
Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
My Thoughts: The Creepy Clown Lady has been one of those characters that make me shiver every time she pops up. To get to see the story behind the story and get a feel for how she connects to Dex and Perry was absolutely riveting. While Pippa's story don't contain the blood and guts that I associate with horror, the events that led to her maddened, lonely last years were certainly chilling.

Anytime I read a story set later in a series and immediately think "I *really* want to go back and reread this series all over again" upon finishing is a winner for me. This novella did just that. I want to go back and see those first frantic, crazy interactions between Dex and Perry. I want to experience their first times seeing the Crazy Clown Lady again. I want to watch the explanations unfold and see their reactions.

This novella gives a more complete picture as to why Pippa is still hanging around and what the events in book 5 might mean for Perry. I really did love seeing the connection that Perry and Dex had before they ever met, but I am (admittedly) a big sucker for the two of them together. I just... I love everything about this series and this novella added yet another layer to this already complex tale.

PS: I'm pretty sure that Into the Hollow is going to KILL me when I read it!

Books in this series
1. Darkhouse
2. Red Fox
2.5. The Benson
3. Dead Sky Morning
4. Lying Season
5. On Demon Wings
5.5. Old Blood - Kindle
5.7. The Dex Files
6. Into the Hollow

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Old Blood was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Oooh ... yes! I just bought the first book in this series the other day! I really can't wait to read it! :)

    1. I was hooked on this series from the first book! I hope you like it!

  2. I loved it too even if there wasnt enough danger and stuff for me. It certainly makes me want to reread the series.

    1. It was different from what I was expecting. In a good way. It was intriguing to see Pippa's life unfold and it *really* made me want to go back for a full series reread.