by Karina Halle
Series: Experiment in Terror #1
Narrator: Jo Raylan
Length: 7 hours and 55 minutes
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Take all the suspense and sexual tension of The X-Files, combine it with the charm and antics of Supernatural, and you get Darkhouse. Well, not quite. Dex and Perry might have the chemistry of Mulder and Scully and the scares of the Winchester Brothers, but I promise you this duo is unlike anything you've seen before. When twenty-three-year-old Perry Palomino explores a supposedly haunted lighthouse, she runs into Youtuber Dex Foray, a sexy, snarky and opportunistic ghost hunter who doesn't quite believe in ghosts. What Dex does believe in is making money and in Perry he sees a viable opportunity: create a ghost-hunting show on YouTube that would rival anything you'd see on TV and watch the dollars roll in. But creating and filming a ghost-hunting show isn't easy when there are actual ghosts haunting them-and then some. Sometimes terrifying, often hilarious, Darkhouse is the first book in the Experiment in Terror series.
DARKHOUSE and the Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle have been in my TBR pile forever, thanks in part to my bloggy friends. When DARKHOUSE released on audio, I knew it was time to dive into this series. While I enjoyed aspects of DARKHOUSE, it didn’t deliver the awesomeness I had been expecting.
Narrated by Jo Raylan, Kale introduces us to twenty-three-year-old Perry Palomino. With a degree in marketing, Perry is struggling with the day to day grind and disappointment of working as a receptionist at a top marketing firm, instead of in one of its posh offices. A weekend at the beach, has her exploring an old lighthouse, having the bejeezus scared out of her and meeting Youtuber, Dex Foray who is looking to be the next Ghost Hunter TV sensation.
- I love the premise. Seeing ghosts, encountering nasty entities, and paranormal ghost hunters. The concept and idea of where this series is headed certainly have me excited. Kale is a clever storyteller and weaves a tale that no matter how awkward pulls you in.
- Blogging! Perry’s younger sister is a fashion blogger with a huge following. When she gets sick, Perry fills in and shares her Lighthouse experience. It was fantastic and I enjoyed seeing Perry put all of her skills to work.
- Perry is awkward and at that place in life between college and a successful career. She is still living at home, has no social life and hasn’t left the chubby girl of her teens completely behind.
- Dex Foray is sexy, mysterious and a complete opportunist. His air of mystery drew me in even if I was unsure.
- Both characters have an interesting past and Kale slowly reveals things adding interest and depth.
- There are some downright creeptastic moments that will have you holding your breath as they send shivers down your spine. I loved the attention to detail and build up to each climatic scene. Kale did a fantastic job of creeping me out with her descriptions. Like the old lady. OMG.
- Jo Raylan did a good job of capturing Perry and listening was enjoyable.
- X-file, Winchesters..nope. Just no. Maybe as the series progresses, but in DARKHOUSE I didn’t feel the character connection of Mulder and Scully. The Winchesters they are not. So dismiss these notions going into the tale.
- I liked Perry and I didn’t. I prefer confident women, and Perry was indecisive. I wanted more from her. She does have potential and I look forward to seeing growth. Dex, on the other hand, unnerved me. What is his game? Is he a good guy or a snake charmer?
- Unlike the Winchesters, these amateur ghost hunters lacked the proper equipment one would expect when visited a haunted site. I didn’t expect them to have all sorts of high tech gadgets as they aren’t funded but adequate lighting, first aid kit, and a plan would have been nice. A little research would have been nice too.
- The pacing of the story wasn’t consistent. In fact, its slow beginnings almost had me setting it aside.
- With more descriptions and a little development, the entity could have been terrifying.
Overall DARKHOUSE was a worthwhile listen and a good start to the Experiment in Terror. I plan to continue on audio and have been assured by friends that I won’t regret it. I will be sure to let you know.Darkhouse by Karina Halle was a good start to the Experiment in Terror series #audio Click To Tweet
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