In Dirty Souls, the timeline continues without interruption and it is a wild ride from the first page. As Vicente Bernal and Violet McQueen flee to get answers about the past, there are factions that have different motivations and they will stop at nothing to achieve their end game. During their journey, the truth slowly unfolds but lines remain blurred until the very end.
“I have changed too much. I wonder if this is something I’ll ever be able to wash from my skin.”
With Vicente and Violet pushed to their limits, they learn more about themselves. Violet realizes she has a dark version of herself and knowing Vicente is there to shoulder her softer side keeps her from spinning out of control. Vicente is up against much more than he anticipated and Violet gives him the strength to forge ahead. As such, both characters showed dimensionality and their arcs sustained their development.
“Good people do bad things.”
With all the plot points coming together into an action packed and giant crescendo, these characters are driven to extremes. In addition to Violet and Vicente’s plight, the larger story between the Bernals and the McQueens comes to a head. And, this is where I loved all the dark parts and yet felt conflicted for certain characters regarding the motivation behind the overall plot. For those who are familiar with the backstory (The Artist’s Trilogy and Dirty Angels series), it’s one that evokes much emotion and defines alliances. Since then my team choice hasn’t changed or wavered. (view spoiler) So, to be reunited with Javier, Luisa and Ellie, it was a heady combination that put Violet and Vicente in the background for me.
Karina Halle is such a natural storyteller and essence of her characters really appears to be effortlessly communicated. Setting the stage for darkness takes an exacting and creative mind, which is evident in this duet. Once again, Karina effectively pushes boundaries that are intended to make readers question the morality of her characters.
Dirty Souls will take a reader into some depravity but also has themes of family, love, sacrifice, vengeance and ultimately hope. For those who like suspense with shadowy darkness and manipulation, I recommend!
Author: Karina Halle
Title: Dirty Souls (Sins Duet, #2)
Genre: Romance Suspense
Type: Multiple POV