🎧 Berls Reviews Into the Hollow #COYER

Posted November 26, 2021 by Berls in Review / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

🎧 Berls Reviews Into the Hollow #COYERInto the Hollow by Karina Halle
Narrator: Jo Raylan
Series: Experiment in Terror #6
Published by Tantor Audio on September 21, 2021
Genres: Horror
Length: 8 hours 42 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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five-stars

Perry Palomino has fought her demons – and won – but the battle is far from over. She’s now left broken and on her own, leaving behind her life and family in Portland to focus on giving Dex Foray – and the Experiment in Terror show – a second chance. But their past mistakes continue to tease and test their relationship, as does the wild and desolate terrain of the Canadian Rockies.
The snow-covered peaks and ravenous forests hide an urban legend too unbelievably frightening to be true and the only way the duo has a chance of surviving is if Perry can let in the very man who sent her to hell and back.
Rated 16+ for lan­guage, gore and sex­ual content

My top thoughts:

So here’s what Karina Halle has done. She started me on this series with a book that I think most would consider soft horror. Got me all attached to the characters and invested in them. And then with each book, she has increased the horror just a little bit more. The last two are probably neck-in-neck for their horrific-ness. And I loved it. Damn it, she may just turn me into a horror reader!

What I liked/didn’t like:

So here’s what Karina Halle has done. She started me on this series with a book that I think most would consider soft horror. Got me all attached to the characters and invested in them. And then with each book, she has increased the horror just a little bit more. The last two are probably neck-in-neck for their horrific-ness. And I loved it. Damn it, she may just turn me into a horror reader!

So part of what worked for me in the previous Experiment in Terror books was that they were in your head scary, more than any of the blood and gore that I tend to associate with horror. The last book began to cross that line, but it was still mostly mental; only “special” people like Perry and Dax could truly experience the horror because of their connections with the mystical realm. This book has left that in the rearview mirror. We are now fully in the physical, where every single person is at risk of being, well, torn to shreds. Yep – the monster in this book is no ghost or demon, it’s an actual monster and it’s leaving blood and gore in it’s wake. Fucking terrifying y’all!

And that’s not to mention the reason I’m so hooked on these books – the relationship between Dax and Perry, and also Perry’s relationship with her family. With the events of the last book – which left on a really rough cliff – I wasn’t sure where things were headed and was super excited to find out. I feel like it’s pretty spoilery to reveal anything because of the cliff… but let’s say it’s not all smooth sailing but I’m super happy with how it ended.;

Narrator thoughts:

And I’m really glad I’m listening to these books. I feel like otherwise, I’d be doing some book throwing when things get intense. It’s like, having Jo Rylan’s voice both amps up the horror and keeps me moving past it at the same time. Despite my earlier uncertainty about her narration, I’m really happy with it now and would be unhappy if the narrator changed.

I think this is the last book I have on audio right now 🙁 I have more in print, but I really want to listen so I guess we’ll see how long I can wait to read the next book.

Qualifies for COYER Fall Scavenger Hunt Item #29: Read a book that takes place in the winter. Pretty obvious from the cover… and the elements do factor in to the hell they experience!

5 stars Flipping Fantastic

About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 1 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 20 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!

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