Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1)
By Karina Halle
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
With all the vampire, werewolf and faerie books out there, it's easy to become numb to all things supernatural. The antidote? Darkhouse introduces two real and unforgettable characters, Perry Palomino & Dex Foray, amateur ghost hunters who are "attractive, relatable and oddly heroic," "flawed but loveable," "slightly crazy" and just the most endearing pair to ever tackle the paranormal...just don't call them normal. Darkhouse is a thrilling and sexy new take on concepts like Supernatural and The X-Files, bringing a breath of fresh air to a genre that has been inundated with the dead.
Wow... Just wow. Darkhouse is a very promising start in the Experiment in Terror series. We meet Perry who is 22, is a receptionist at a marketing firm and stuck in the 90's. Musically the 90's were awesome. Quite a bit of my playlist is 90's and Perry, girl after my own heart, knows her stuff. That deserves bonus points just at the get go.
Her and her family go on a trip up the coast to stay at her uncles house. While her young cousins and 15 year old sister are drinking at a campfire, she decides to go with her camera to check out the old lighthouse on the family property. Just the thought of abandoned lighthouses can make you shiver.
Once inside, the creep factor magnifies 100 times. It's spooky as hell. She literally runs into someone once inside and the thrills continue from there. She meets Dex who is hidden in shadows and evasive with answering questions. Her cousins come in to check on her and Dex suddenly disappears. Was he a figment of her imagination?
Back at home after that interesting weekend, her sister is sick and asks her to update her blog so she doesn't lose followers. Perry decides to blog about her experience at the lighthouse and add video clips.
It's a huge success, soon Dex gets in contact with her and has a proposal she finds hard to refuse. He's a cameraman for ShowNet online and has this idea for a new show. Dex and Perry head back to the lighthouse with proper cameras and the hopes of catching some activity to create a pilot. Awkward road trips, crazy clown ladies, stormy weather. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
This series is amazing. The creep factor is huge. I love Perry, she's a real girl with real curves. ;) Dex is just an enigma at this point. So mysterious and his personality changes at the drop of a hat. He's sexy. That's it. I said it. He's now in my fictional boyfriend harem. I love these two and can't wait to see what this series has in store for them!
GO READ IT! YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!
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