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Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) [Kindle Edition]

Karina Halle
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Darkhouse is seductively entertaining and I'm convinced that it has some secret ingredient (like the sauce on a Big Mac) that makes it immediately addictive. -- --Bitsy Bling Books:

This series will no doubt have more twists then I can even begin to anticipate right now - and that is what a series should be. Addicting. --Baked in Vancouver

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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.
"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 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 hor­rific 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."

Rated 16+ for language and gore
Experiment in Terror - a mature New Adult Horror/Romance series 
  • Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1)
  • Red Fox (Experiment in Terror #2)
  • The Benson - a novella (Experiment in Terror #2.5)
  • Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror #3)
  • Lying Season (Experiment in Terror #4)
  • On Demon Wings (Experiment in Terror #5)
  • Old Blood - a Novella (Experiment in Terror #5.5)
  • The Dex Files (An Experiment in Terror Companion Novel #5.7 - August 13th, 2012)
  • Into the Hollow (Experiment in Terror #6 - October 23rd, 2012)

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5.0 out of 5 stars My most favourite series EVER! Sept. 16 2014
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OK I have read all of this series.....but since when I shop I always look at the reviews for the first book I decided to post mine here. And OMG I LOVE this series! Karina writes the most amazing characters. I actually just read this series for a second time since the last book was released....and I loved it just as much the second time! The witty banter is so much fun. I feel so connected with the characters she writes I just don't want the books to end. I am SO sad that this series has come to an end....I will miss this characters so much...but since I discovered this series, I then went to read others and I discovered all of her writing is amazing! Honestly....if you like a supernatural book and a romance, you cannot go wrong with this series or with Karina Halle!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series Jan. 9 2014
By alison phillips TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Had this series recommended by everybody in my book club so I took a chance and I loved it. go Dex, you are not always the nicest guy but always the hottest.
Perry is awesome, I just loved reading about her and Dex... I'm not normally into paranormal but this book is just enough for me.
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This book was sooo good, I think I loved everything about it. The ghostly events were great and I had a hard time putting it down.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Je déteste Sept. 4 2014
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Not my cup of tea at all
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5.0 out of 5 stars This should be a movie! Dec 31 2011
By Naj (Unputdownable Books) - Published on
Oh my freaking God! Why did I take so long to pick up this book?

The entire time I was reading this book, I felt as if I was watching an episode of a brand new series. Now, I can't wait to read the next installments.

The plot is amazing, like 5-star amazing. I love ghost stories and EVERYTHING paranormal so this book is totally within my league and the fact that the book kept me on my toes and thrilled and eventually scared me as well, makes this book even better!

The characters are realistic. They're people who have/had problems. Dex has a split personality which kind of scares me a bit and Perry is hilarious, was a druggie back in highschool, and just got out of college and is striving to go on day-to-day as a receptionist. Oh and she can see ghosts too. The way Halle describes what Perry sees is extremely descriptive and fluid, that you can't help but be where Perry is. The secondary characters on the other hand, help keep the story together. Matt and Tony were one of my favs. Those twins were hilarious and just plain old weird. They kind of reminded me of my brother, minus the drinking and whatever else they do thats "bad".

Now, Perry has the hots for Dex and we don't know how Dex feels about her because he has a girlfriend who is immensely hot and he is also 10 years older. Not only is Perry insecure, but feels like a child around him and sometimes a psycho. I love the push and pull that happens between the two. It keeps the situation realistic.

Overall, Darkhouse is amazing. Halle has delivered to the public such an incredible book that is definitely movie/series-worthy. I just want to keep reading until there isn't anything else left to read from the series. The narrative was written well, the descriptions were vivid and the plot is 5-star amazing. A brilliant unputdownable book from Karina Halle that'll definitely rock your socks off!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Did I accidentally get a YA book? Dec 15 2012
By SM26 - Published on
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This book really reads as a young adult book-juvenile writing style. It felt disconnected, and just young, even though it was written about (mostly) adults. The author really could have changed the ages to maybe 16 and 18, and it would not affect a thing-not the character actions, lives, anything. Give them school instead of work, and it would easily work. The main character lives at home, goes on trips with her parents and sister, and really acts like a teenager. Dex just isn't believable as a 32 year old.

I also felt like I was reading bits and pieces, or different scenes grouped together, instead of a really well put together story line. It just didn't flow, and things didn't make sense. I forced myself to read the entire thing, but I would have forgotten it right away if I had stopped at any point. I normally would want to see where the relationship goes with Perry and Dex, but I can't even bring myself to care very much about that, certainly not enough to read the next book. Dex doesn't seem real, and Perry is just annoying with her immaturity. They are just not written well, and are inconsistent. He is supposed to be someone she is attracted to, but then he leaves her at dangerous times, and kind of treats her like crap one second, and is charming the next literal second? It just doesn't make sense.

I don't understand the multitude of high star reviews for this one. Sorry.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for grown-ups. Nov. 16 2012
By robbinrn - Published on
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This book belongs in the Young Adult section, it is not a thriller. It is a story of a daft young girl who apparently has a college degree but can't even handle a job as a receptionist. She has no self esteem and falls for an older guy who has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.There wasn't a single character in this book that was likeable. Somewhere along the line they actually spend a few minutes in a scary lighthouse.The ending is supposed to lead you to the next book in this series, I will not be reading it (it was FREE) because I don't care what happens to these people.
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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing June 13 2012
By Nereid - Published on
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The blurb sounded interesting enough but it just never got there for me. So many times I thought "okay its building up to something" and then nothing. A strange sort of ghost story if you could call it that when a Perry who childhood was filled with lots of imaginary friends and some serious therapy sessions. Perry has been having vivid dreams lately and is having trouble sleeping. She spends the weekend with family at the beach near an old lighthouse. After wandering off on her own to explore, Perry meets Dex, a strange enigmatic film producer and he contacts her and offers her an opportunity to film some video footage of the lighthouse after dark. Strange things have happened at the lighthouse and it has a history of weird things happening there, shipwrecks and lots of accidents during its construction. There is promise of the supernatural but apart from the last couple of chapters it was quite boring and never lived up to the expectations I had.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow Slow Slow May 24 2012
By Mark Schneider - Published on
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I need to preface this review by stating that I did not finish the book. At about the 45% mark I had lost interest and decided to move on.

There is a certain expectation when you pick up a book which includes "Experiment in Terror" in the title. To the point that I quit reading, our main character had experienced a couple of really bad dreams and some sort of out of body experience. To make matters worse, I did not care for the main character. The author spent to much time explaining Perry's self-confidence issues. Perry is a 22 year old misfit that acts like she is still in 8th grade. The amount of time Perry spent on self-reflection (bordering on self-loathing) was enough to drive me to distraction.

Based on the other reviews, maybe I missed a gem in the latter part of the book. But I just couldn't see myself slogging through it.
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