Reading the Experiment in Terror series brings out conflicting impulses in me. I simultaneously want to rewatch old episodes of X-Files and/or Supernatural and retake abnormal psych. Don’t get me wrong I got an A in that class, probably why I find myself psychoanalyzing pretty much every character I read about up to and including Perry and Dex …okay and everyone else I meet too but that isn’t the point.
Ghost-hunters Perry Palomino and Dex Foray trade in the wild coast of Oregon for the unforgiving deserts of New Mexico, hoping to find the creatures responsible for terrorizing a Navajo couple.
Experiment in Terror has been grudgingly approved by Shownet and the onus is on Perry and Dex to make a success of it. Maximus, an old band mate of Dex’s, contact the pair after determining that the unexplained events taking place in Red Fox are beyond his questionable ghost whispering abilities. Perry and Dex have to pose as a married couple to stay with the devoutly religious Navajo couple which challenges Perry’s already conflicted feelings about her partner.
And that was exactly why I didn’t ever want to give a single ounce of myself away to Dex. He lulls me into a false sense of security and then treads all over me. Damn him and his stupid mustache.
Red Fox is but the second piece in an ever deepening mystery not only of what is causing animals to appear out of nowhere in a locked room, or rocks to pelt the house without known origin, but more so that of the characters of Perry and Dex. Karina Halle‘s sophomore effort proves that the downright creepiness of Darkhouse was not a fluke and has drafted a fascinating, strangely eerie tale which will likely cause her readers to think twice before wandering off into the New Mexican desert without proper supernatural protection.
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.