On Demon Wings (Experiment in Terror #5) – Karina Halle

On Demon Wings CoverFollowing the conclusion of Lying Season the reader is left almost as distraught as Perry. Aside from the prevailing urge to slap Perry senseless for her bullheaded refusal to acknowledge that there is a problem until it is too late, On Demon Wings is a melancholy read.  Karina Halle has managed to capture the destruction wrought emotionally following the end of a dysfunctional relationship. Perry has severed her connection not only with Dex following the night of the Shownet Christmas party but with Experiment in Terror itself, she is working in a coffee shop and robotically trying to put together the pieces of her life.

When the life you wanted has crumbled beneath your fingers, there’s nothing left to do but pick up the pieces and soldier on. You’ve done this before.

But what happens when you no longer feel like yourself anymore? When fires spontaneously start-up around you, when you hear growling coming from underneath your bed, and you no longer recognize your face in the mirror. What happens then?

Ghost-hunter Perry Palomino doesn’t have much time to find out. Now, the evil she used to hunt is a lot closer to home. It’s inside of her, taking over her life bit-by-terrifying bit, and there’s only one person who can help her.

If part of her doesn’t kill him first.

Disturbingly reminiscent of The Exorcist you begin to realize that there is something more wrong with Perry than just the typical aftermath of a breakup. On Demon Wings was a difficult read, like Perry, the reader is grieving the twin losses of Dex and the purpose that ghost hunting gave. Even the reappearance of Maximus and potential resurrection of Experiment in Terror doesn’t do much to fill the void left by Dex.

Probably the most compelling part of On Demon Wings is Ada’s unwavering support of her sister. On Demon Wings was not my favorite Experiment in Terror novel as I found the subject matter and the absence of Dex jarring. Even when they are not in accord Perry and Dex function best as a unit and this is illustrated to us time and again by the poor substitution of Maximus as I believe was Ms Halle’s intention. Despite my lack of enthusiasm for On Demon Wings Karina Halle has once again demonstrated her talent as an artist forcing us however unwillingly into experiencing the loss of self that a breakup evokes.

AUTHOR: Karina Halle

RATING: 4  Stars

GENRE: Fiction

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