BOOK REVIEW #103 - Secrets of Skin and Stone


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.


TRIGGER WARNING: Self harm was done explicitly. It was from author’s very own experience.

It’s a strange, weird and creepy read. If you are 100 percent okay with that stuff, you will enjoy it. Of course, if you are obsessed with Supernatural as I am, then you wouldn’t find this as creepy as everyone says. Well, we have seen everything. And most importantly, it will give a major Supernatural vibe specifically younger Dean Winchester. Curse bags, learning dark arts, carving hearts out, ritual on a full moon. I TOLD YOU.

Instead of Hunter, we have Watcher here. Watcher’s duty is to hunt supernatural things. Instead of weapons and rock salt, they have a very special feature. They indeed become a weapon by taking up a form. Gargoyle. With their claws they could rip out the hearts of any evil creatures lurking around your bedroom. They have power of darkness too. So when Hidden Creek came upon their radar, Grisham took his motorcycle and came to the town to deal with it.

If I haven’t watched the TV series, I would have fallen in love with this book. Everything is similar. Grisham is cocky and can charm everyone. He loves to eat as it will take his energy to transform. His hormonal urges are at the peak. His dad is also a watcher. The only exception is he doesn’t have a brother. Instead, there is a cousin living in Hidden Creek. If these things didn’t scream “DEAN”, then I don’t know what will.

Grisham doesn’t expect the town and its inhabitants to be weird. Everyone knows everyone’s business. Everyone looks like bullies or strangers who could kill you on the spot with their glare. Then he encountered Piper. According to the town, she is the creepiest person one could ever find in that place. 

Piper trusts nobody. She is an observant. A stubborn girl, who hates to answer a question. I always cringed when she hurt herself to pay for the things she thinks she has done wrong. To speak more of her character, she has severe OCD. I don’t want to get down on that road. The important thing to know is that this is different from common OCD. This is intense and deep. I recently came to know that whenever we say encouraging things(Don't do that, you only think like that, try to share what you're feeling and blah blah blah) to people who hurt themselves, it makes them irk at first. They know we’re saying the right thing and yet they get irritated. I really want to say that “You matter. You’re perfect.”

Grisham didn’t expect to be this intense. He expected to leave the town after finishing his job. But more haunted things happened along with his developing feelings for Piper which made him to stay in the town to investigate the matters. Both created lists to find who could be the reason for doing these things. Saving people, hunting things, family business.

OVERALL: Ready to get creeped out.

MY RATING: Acceptable