Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1)
Author: Karina Halle
Published: May 1, 2011
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Rating: 4 Birds
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 twenty-something, 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 producer for an upcoming webcast on ghost hunters. Even though the show’s budget is non-existent and Dex himself is a maddening enigma, Perry is instantly drawn into a world that both threatens her life and seduces her with a sense of importance. Her uncle’s haunted lighthouse provides the perfect catalyst and backdrop for a mystery that unravels the threads of Perry’s fragile sanity and causes her to fall for a man, who, like the most dangerous of ghosts, may not be all that he seems.
My take: Darkhouse had a strange start, and the weird didn’t stop at the beginning. This is actually what truly led me to liking it so greatly – that and the fact it was set in the Pacific Northwest.
I truly admired Karina’s way of writing so freely throughout the book. Though some may find it to be a little over the top with being free, it suited that “this is naturally how I tell a story” feel for me. There was never a way that she wrote that I didn’t enjoy.
From Perry – which is so typically not a girl name in my eyes, to sister Ada – the characters were developed to a level that wasn’t full, but didn’t keep me guessing too awful much. There are still things that I want and need to know about each one even after finishing.
Normally, the men in stories hold little mystery to me, but in Darkhouse, Dex was an entirely different story. From the way Karina describes him smirking to the way he seems so sinuous at times, it had me intrigued. It also left me wondering when, and if I could ever trust his motives or him in general.
The story being told from Perry’s eyes was good perspective. She freaks out over the normal, and seemingly stays calm during things that are weird and out of the ordinary stories – but then gives that in between during the actual events that are overly strange.
I’ve really learned in this, that if I give too much away, you won’t want to read the book after reading the blog. So I think that sums up my thoughts. And just know, the book cover ties in wonderfully to the story itself.
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