Secrets of Skin and Stone
By: Wendy Laine
Publication Date: June 5th, 2017
Something is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. Unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood all point to an evil that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says fiery Piper Devon knows why.
Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had enough of secrets—they hide in the shadows of her room and tell her terrible things are coming. Too-charming city boy Grisham might be her only chance to save herself.
To survive, Piper and Grisham have to shed their secrets and depend only on each other. But what lurks in Hidden Creek still might take everything away from them, including each other.
Secrets of Skin and Stone’s biggest strength is putting a face to a darker side of OCD. It is a side I’ve had no experience with and one I hadn’t contemplated before. And with that being said, I should say that this book gets a strong trigger warning concerning cutting. And kudos to the book for saying this at the beginning.
Our story begins in a small southern town where the hostilities represented and the stale and stagnant feeling that has settled over the town felt genuine. The fantasy elements were original, Gris and his gargoyle duties weren’t what I’d expected, and the dynamics that came with his family due to his job were interesting to watch. As for Piper, she was complex and the portrayal of her mental illness was well done. It was given adequate page time and wasn’t resolved within the story. She and Gris work well together and their relationship was built on trust as well as their mutual attraction.
My complaint was that the mystery of the book, which started out with a bang and with great tension, lost my interest. It didn’t stay as strong as the rest of the plot and while it came to a good conclusion, I couldn’t say I didn’t see the ending coming.
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