Darkhouse Experiment in Terror #1 – Karina Halle

Here is a short list of places I am now scared to go, thanks to reading Karina Halle’s Experiment in Terror series: lighthouses, the New Mexican desert, old hotels…wait no, that was because of The Shining but I am sure if I wasn’t already afraid, I would be after reading The Benson. I suppose things could be worse and I could be afraid to go into my own basement as Stephen King is purported to be.

After reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I realized that I missed the horror novels of my teenaged years. I discovered Darkhouse on my go to site for book discovery Goodreads and in doing so have rediscovered another significant love from my past The X-Files reincarnated in the characters of Declan (Dex) Foray and Perry Palomino. Dare I say that Dex and Perry are in their own way better than *gasp* Mulder and Scully. So much of the romance between The X-Files’ FBI agents took place off screen or was only suggested to the viewer and to a die hard romantic like myself it was just a tease. Despite the obstacles  between them the sexual tension is palpable almost immediately.

“There’s always been some­thing a bit off about Perry Palomino. Though she’s been deal­ing with a quarter-life cri­sis and post-college syn­drome like any other twen­tysome­thing, she’s still not what you would call “ordi­nary.” For one thing, there’s her past which she likes to pre­tend never hap­pened, and then there’s the fact that she sees ghosts. Luck­ily for her, that all comes in handy when she stum­bles across Dex Foray, an eccen­tric webcast pro­ducer. Perry is instantly drawn into a world that both threat­ens her life and seduces her with a sense of impor­tance.

An abandoned lighthouse is the setting of Perry and Dex’s inauspicious first meeting. After Perry posts the footage from this terrifying encounter on her sister’s blog she sets in motion events that will threaten not only her sanity but her life as well.

Darkhouse was an eerie story rather than downright scary, that being said I did find myself putting down my trusty e-reader and turning in for the night more than once when I was alone in the house after an encounter with the ghostly occupant of the lighthouse. Karina Halle has expertly crafted a story with engaging characters that will bring readers back again and again.

AUTHOR: Karina Halle

RATING: 4 1/2  Stars

GENRE: Fiction



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