I never thought the horrors could get any worse, but they were, day by day.
Holy crap. Karina Halle, you’ve done it again. You tore my heart out of my chest in Lying Season, continually scare the baloney out of me and yet I keep coming back for more. Donners of the Dead is everything I love in a Karina Halle book, set in the Sierra Nevada area 1851. With zombies.
Yes, this was just as awesome as I thought it would be.
Eve Smith, a half-Native eighteen year old, is commissioned by a small group of men to track one of their relatives who had disappeared around Donner Lake. Her best friend Avery and a neighbor girl come along to chaperone and help her. It’s a dangerous journey, though Eve looks forward to taking home some good money to her family. What she doesn’t expect are the horrors she and the rest of the search party come across as they make their way into the Sierra Nevadas. As tensions mount within the group, Eve finds an unexpected ally with rugged Texan Jake McGraw. Jake initially comes across as a bit of a smug, cigar-puffing cowboy, and definitely not one you want to cross. But with the dangers increasing as they get closer to Donner Lake, she realizes Jake may be one of the few she can trust.
Donners of the Dead hooked me from the start. It’s an excellent mix of horror, romance and action; well-paced with a strong heroine that can hold her own and a swoon-worthy leading man.
“Love is a wolf, he said, the fire dancing in his eyes. “Perhaps that’s why they howl in the dark of night. Love drives them mad like it does to everyone. Fast or slow, whatever way it hits you, love will drive you mad.”
Don’t forget to check the very end of the book for a sneak peek at Karina Halle’s Dust to Dust, the final installment of the Experiment in Terror series!
*ARC was provided for an honest review