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Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) by Karina Halle

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun and promising start to what appears to be an amazing series!
Although the horror genre may not be a stretch for many, Darkhouse was my introduction into the fictional world of fear. I’d initially been warned from many that this first installation is more of a decent warm-up to an incredible series, so I consequently lowered my expectations a bit. I’m happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how immensely I enjoyed this book; it was precisely what I needed to shake up my realm of reading.


Perry is not your typical heroine. She’s insecure and imperfect, but strong and determined—not to mention, she drives a motor bike and sees dead people. Her emotional struggles are endearingly relatable, and she manages to get through it all while remaining hilarious and entirely lovable. She suffers from chilling, suspicious nightmares that would shake anyone to their core. But when she meets the eccentric Dex Foray in an abandoned lighthouse, things start to gradually become clear…

“He had such a lovely smile when he was using it for good and not evil.”


Dex is one sexy, ghost hunting enigma, and not easily placed in any typical ‘hero’ category. He’s brooding and complex; protective; strange, and a slight ass—but he’s a unique ass. An ass that breaks the mold and makes you want to peel the layers of intrigue and get to what makes him tick. Armed with video cameras and iphones, he and Perry team up to take on the paranormal…setting off an entertaining, humorous, and bone-chilling sequence of events.


I loved that Dex was not instantly smitten with Perry, and if he was, he hid it well. He was cool, collected and remained a mystery for the majority of the story–which intrigued me to no end. His little spurts of anger were sexy and his quirky tactics were charming.

“I just want you to enjoy the pies in life, Perry.”


Although an actual love story seems to be brewing, the romance went unexplored in this installation. Which was fine, because their cat-and-mouse antics were adorable and I loved their unique friendship. Perry of course had this undeniable, secret attraction to Dex–but who could blame her? The man is as odd and mystifying as he is sexy. If Johnny Depp morphed into a slightly unstable, fictional ghost hunter—I’m certain it would be Dex Forray!


For those reluctant to dabble in this genre, I can promise you that this book is most likely a cake walk compared to some. Yes, it has its creepy, heart-pounding, intense, edge of your seat moments—but I believe the true levels of terror are offered in the books to follow…rendering this the perfect opportunity to get your toes wet! Awesome read!

Expect the unexpected…

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Book Stats:

▪ Genre/Category: Paranormal/Thriller
▪ Steam Caliber: None
▪ Romance: Suggested. *In the making*
▪ Characters: Quirky, lovable, and complex.
▪ Plot: Two unique ghost hunters team up to take on the paranormal. Spooky and humorous.
▪ Writing: Engaging, vivid, and seasoned.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Heroine
▪ Cliffhanger: Mild. Open ending.
▪ Next Installment: Follow up


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