With Book Two of the Experiment in Terror Series, Perry Palomino and Dex Foray trade in the stormy Oregon coast for the unforgiving deserts of New Mexico.
In the forgotten town of Red Fox, a Navajo couple is tortured by things unseen and by motives unknown. Wild animals slink through their house in the dark, a barrage of stones pound their roof nightly, and mutilated sheep carcasses are turning up on their property. Armed with a camera and just enough to go on, Perry and Dex travel to the desolate locale, hoping to film the supernatural occurrences and add credibility to their flailing webcast. Only their show has a lot more working against them than just growing pains. Tested by dubious ranch hands, a ghost from Dex’s past, and shapeshifting deception, the amateur ghost hunters must learn to trust each other in order to fight the most ancient of myths…or die trying.
Woo, more Dex and Perry! And even more tension of all different kinds between them this time!
I’ve made it no secret that I loved the first book in this series and I think everyone should read it, and I was super excited that I got to participate in the cover reveal for the 5th book in the series. It was also perfect timing, because I was in the middle of reading this book while it took place.
So this book is very heavy on Native American influences, and while I find Native American culture extremely fascinating, paranormal stuff having to do with their culture doesn’t normally do it for me. I was really pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book in spite of that! There were a lot of really tense/creepy scenes and a lot of times where I really believed that Perry and Dex were in danger. In fact, there was one scene in particular (the one outside the bar) where I was literally and figuratively on the edge of my seat.
My love/hate relationship with Dex continues in this book. On one hand, he’s very charming and he obviously cares about Perry and what they’re doing. On the other, he can be a complete and total dick and he’s super unstable. Whether that’s a result of his illness or not, at some point you have to wonder whether or not Perry wouldn’t be better just chalking him up as too damaged to be good for her and move on. The thing is, when he’s good to her he’s REALLY good to her and you keep rooting for him to come around and stop being such a bastard. As far as Perry goes, I still think she’s an awesome/kickass heroine.
I’m happy to say that I continue to really enjoy this series. In fact, as soon as I finished this book I immediately downloaded the next one in the series despite having several library books looming on the to-read pile. And yes, I ended up getting fines for taking them back late. And I regret nothing.