Sunday, 12 May 2013

Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror, #1) by Karina Halle


Enter the world of the highly-acclaimed Experiment in Terror Series by visiting...the Darkhouse:

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.
  • Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Supernatural, Mystery
  • Age: mature young adult / adult
  • Source: owned ebook 
  • Read from February 8 to 11, 2013

FINAL RATING: ★★★★★/★★★★★

"Amazing. Awesome. Cool. Fantastic. Stupendous. Crazy. Too good to be true."

5 Amazing-Karina-Halle Supernatural Stars

"How come you aren’t afraid?" "Because I find life to be scarier than death."

 Horror was never more exciting...

A dark, twisted, and gothic read. An Alfred Hitchcock movie scenario. Sadly, he is dead and can't make it another masterpiece. Karina Halle has nothing to envy and with this series she firmly finds her place between the masters of horror and thrillers, amongst my all-time favourites, Dean Koontz and Stephen King.

Forgotten in the cold Oregon coast, abandoned and alone stands a Lighthouse.

The setting for an Experiment in Terror.

It sat there forgotten and lightless, a darkhouse overlooking the sea.  

Perry Palomino
Our heroine is an amazing, one-of a kind, totally relatable twenty-two years old girl. Never, was a heroine so appealing to me... She has a degree in advertising but she is wasting away being a receptionist because she doesn't realise just how unique she is.

All her life she had weird dreams, visions and imaginary friends. She struggled, she failed. She used drugs, she abused herself and therapists managed to convince her that she is crazy and they made her forget.

But now her nightmares are spilling all over her reality and her imaginary friends are haunting her day-time.

"Somehow, by dealing with the dead, I had never felt so alive."
And they aren't going away...

 Declan "Dex" Foray

"Because sometimes I lie, Perry. We all lie, even you, but not everyone is brave enough to admit it."

The half of Perry's lost soul. Psychotic, insane, arrogant, sexy, the cameraman and producer of several webseries takes an interest in the morbid history of the Lighthouse and Perry's innocent "charm". They gamble and they become partners. In horror and in fate. Because what they don't realise, is that they are meant to save each other.

Sexual tension and infatuation take a whole new meaning as these two exchange words, promises and blood. They are two sides of the same coin and they can't part...

They weren't believers, but when the truth is staring at you, you can't help but face it.

Fascinating and twisting, snarky and sarcastic, this story engages all your senses with a sort of manic attention to detail. The weather and the surroundings become a tool in the author's capable hands to manipulate our feelings and blur the lines between normal and paranormal. The words are turning into a B-movie around you and just like Alice you can't help but fall... deeper and deeper in the Rabbit Hole....

A highly recommended read! Thank you Fathima and Lucia for "nudging" me into it. Karina Halle has created an exciting world that I can't help but admire. Already bought all the next books, even the novellas. I'm in for the long haul. To the hell and back. Because I'm sure, we are gonna witness it.

And I dare all of you.... TURN OFF THE LIGHTS AND READ IT.


You can also check out my wonderful co-blogger's review:

Kristalia's Review



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