Darkhouse: Book One in the Experiment in Terror Series

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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, ...
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Overview

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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781461079859
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 475,794
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Karina Halle is a bit of an enigma. A rock music journalist by day, she travels the earth searching for the next big metal/rock band to fall in love with. By night, she can be found writing her much-loved Experiment in Terror Series and having conversations with Perry and Dex in her head.

Karina cur­rently resides in Vancouver's West End and can often be found with a bot­tle of wine, lis­ten­ing to her music a bit too loudly. She wishes she could see ghosts like her characters do, but then again, perhaps they don't like rock n' roll.

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

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    Humorous Spook Fest!

    I started this book on a chilly Pacific Northwest afternoon and read until 3 am. I didn't anticipate getting hooked, but the pacing created an irresistible page-turner that had me reading until my eyes ached. Who needs sleep? Sleep is over-rated! Darkhouse is seductively entertaining and I'm convinced that it has some secret ingredient (like the sauce on a Big Mac or the coffee beans at Starbucks) that makes it immediately addictive. Red Fox is coming out soon and I simply can't wait (okay, maybe I'm begging a little) for the author to send me an advanced copy. What makes it so good? Perry is a reliable character: flawed, insecure, impulsive, but despite her own roadblocks she has a determination that the audience can clearly see even if she does not (yet). It is her self-awareness that makes the character appealing, trustworthy and honest. Her vulnerability provides sympathy without demanding pity. Dex is similar and it is not surprising that the Clown Lady insinuates Perry and Dex are cut from the same cloth. Their contradictions show strength of character and reveals a great deal about the individuals. For example, Dex admits he lies and by doing so disproves he's a liar because he confesses to the deceit. A true liar would never willingly reveal this deprecating detail.

    The paranormal elements and spook factor are unique and provide just enough to let the imagination create the setting without coming across as silly, immature or easy to dismissed. The creepiness I experienced was real and I loved the lighthouse scenes. The splattering mentions of pop culture references were excellent and worked to create a mental map of the characters perception and thinking. I knew where they were coming from, what images came to mind during their experiences, and how they related to the world unfolding in front of them.

    Frankly, I'm surprised by the lower ratings received at places such as Goodreads because this contemporary humorous spook fest might read fast-paced and easy, which it does, but the voice is not absent of substance. The language doesn't try too hard to convince intelligence and by doing so, is smartly composed to do what a story should, entertain. Don't get me wrong, there is meaning here, but the fact that the story isn't trying so hard to show (or prove it) makes it that much more clever. Darkhouse is an example of a confident and assured author's 'voice.' The writer connects with the characters, deeply understanding and channeling them onto the page. By the end I was convinced Perry was writing this story. I have no doubt that Perry and Dex are real--and they live through author Karina Halle.

    25 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    Creepy and Captivating Must Read

    Enter Perry Palomino's world and expect to be riveted to your seat with the creepy story with paranormal overtures. This book was a mesmerizing read. At times, I found myself gripping the book tightly and turning the pages with the light on. Creepy atmosphere prevails in this story leaving goosebumps in its wake. The relationship between the Perry and Dex is complicated and changing at every turn. The main thing I really liked about this book was Perry's personality and the fact that is she is full figured girl trying to deal with her ghost sight and people's sterotypes about large women in general. It's nice to see a main character who is real. I can relate to her feelings and want to applaud her strength and courage. Her journey into the dark recesses of her soul makes you think and really wonder if its the ghosts or really just her mind playing tricks on her. There are many heart stopping moments of pure terror in this book.
    This is a page turner that will keep you wondering about ghosts.

    5 stars for this roller-coaster ride of terror with moments of realism.

    I'm looking forward to the next book in the series RED FOX

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    I Would Give This Book 6-Stars if I Could!

    Have you ever heard the expression "book hangover"? Well, for me, a book hangover happens when you find a book that completely consumes you. It is all you can think about, and you walk around in a stupor for a few days. Guess what? That happened to me when I read Darkhouse.

    Darkhouse, when you read the synopsis, seems like a typical thriller. But it is so much more. It is creepy, funny (believe it or not), very suspenseful and yes, thrilling. While much of the book is about Perry, her new partner Dex, and their haunted encounters at the lighthouse, Darkhouse is just as much about the perplexing relationship between the troubled duo.

    Perry, from the get-go, is easy to love. She's doesn't have the perfect body or life. After struggling with low self-esteem and drug use throughout her teenage years, she has gotten her life in order, for the most part. She still struggles with her self-esteem and then there's the fact that she sees ghosts. Is Perry "off" mentally or is it that she's able to see what most can not?

    Then there's Dex. Almost every book I read has a guy who is a complete hottie. Very tall, very muscled, defined abs, etc. That's all great, but Dex feels more like a real man to me. He's described as having a very "90's" look. He's on the thin side, not especially tall. A slight moustache, dark eyes, arched brows and a eyebrow ring. His voice is low and smooth or growling, depending on his mood. He has eyes that seem able to see inside a person. He is quick with a smirk. Perry says he "reminds me of Robert Downey, Jr. in his strung-out drug days". Believe me, it works for him. Besides the looks, there's Dex's odd personality. He's just, strange. His thought are often all over the place, confusing Perry. His words often lull her into a sense of trust and security, then he says something to totally screw the moment up. But, underneath the smirk and harsh words, there's a hint of a fragile man with a troubled past of his own.

    Honestly, the driving force of the story is the relationship between Perry and Dex. The paranormal aspect of the story is gripping. Truly. But the collision of the two forces is what is electrifying. The relationship is antagonistic. Perry and Dex each seem determined to get under the other's skin. Say what will set the other on edge, or off the edge. They are cut from the same cloth. In many ways, each is a mirror of the other. I'm dying to see where the author, Karina Halle, takes their relationship in the future.

    Speaking of Halle, the lady has knocked my socks off! She took Darkhouse, what could have been your typical scary book with snarky characters, and breathed life into it. This book has heart. Characters you want to see through to the very end. There are going to be a total of eight books in the Experiment in Terror series. I will most definitely read each and every one. I will be reviewing Book Two, Red Fox, later this week.

    I love when a book has phrases that capture my attention. Darkhouse has many. Here are a few I want to share.

    "Somehow, by dealing with the dead, I had never felt so alive." Chapter 11
    " "How come you aren't afraid?'... 'Because I find life to be scarier to than death,' he replied matter-of -factly." -Chapter 12

    "A handsome, beguiling man whose eyes read your very soul and whose smirk held you in contempt."-Chapter 16

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    This should be a movie/series!

    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!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Spooky good!

    Darkhouse is an entertaining ghost story. It has everything a good spooky novel needs: an old lighthouse, a ghost legend, a spunky heroine, and an inscrutable hero. This is Karina Halle's debut novel and it's obvious she's talented with the scary!

    As other reviewers have noted, the beginning is a little slow, but it's not super hard to get through. And with the promise of a lighthouse (which I love) coming, I kept going. It wasn't long before I was caught up in the story, wondering who Dex really was, worried the ghost would jump out and scare Perry and me.

    Perry was my kind of heroine. She wasn't perfect, had issues from her past she was working on, she was still dealing with self-esteem issues, but she didn't let that stop her. I really appreciated that the author didn't get carried away and over-emphasize the self-esteem and other issues. Some authors tend to dwell on them too much to the detriment of the story.

    Dex, being on the enigmatic side, felt a little two-dimensional to me. I wanted to know more about him, but since it was a first person narrative, the reader can only know what the protagonist knows.

    This book was a fun read and I look forward to the next novels in the series. I will be reviewing the next one, Red Fox, in a few weeks.

    *Disclaimer: I received this book for review from the author. I was not required to write a positive review.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    I loved this book. I was hooked after the first chapter. Im on t

    I loved this book. I was hooked after the first chapter. Im on team Dex and Perry all the way!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

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    When I started reading this book I wasn't really sure what to ex

    When I started reading this book I wasn't really sure what to expect. I couldn't find a proper synopsis of the novel so I walked into this story knowing only one thing; ghost would be involved. I honestly am a sucker for a ghost story so I jumped on board this blog tour with excitement. While this novel does start off rather slow, once the story kicks off it turns out to be pretty good. This story is told from first person point of view, adding mystery to the story, and giving readers a look into the mind of Perry.

    Perry the leading lady has a less than perfect body type (so she claimed), a witty personality, and she was borderline manic. I enjoyed all those qualities about her, and I found her relatable as a character. Now I did enjoy her having insecurities, but I wish she would have been a little bit more confident or gained confidence as the story went on, this could be something that develops as the series progresses. I just happen to be one of those crazy female readers who loves the leading woman to be strong, and ready to take on the world.

    The thing I enjoyed most about this story is the creepiness of it. Karina Halle does a great job of giving you as the reader the ebbie jeebies. Halle also has a great writing style making it easy for readers to get sucked into the story. I saw something beautiful, dark, and creative about her writing style and I loved it. Just to give a quick example of her writing style so you can understand what I mean, check out the example below.

    "Only it's my life turned infinitely more interesting, like every step I take, every puddle I splash or pair of eyes I meet has more meaning that normal."

    Amazing right?



    I am interested to see where this series goes, I definitely want to keep reading because I want to find out how these characters develops. I recommend this book to scifi, horror, and paranormal lovers.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    This book will keep you eading and reading till you are done rea

    This book will keep you eading and reading till you are done reading it. It will keep you wonting to read the rest of the books when they come out. It is nice to see that this aurther makes Dex and Perry seem like real people. She Makes Dex have some probles that make him see a little scary. Perry is just so real with all of her on little problums that she seems real as well. I can't wait to see what happens ot them next. Well they get to to gether? Will we find out what is up with Dex? Are they going to amke it together? Will this become a show, or a movie? Be couse if it does I will watch it again and again. Can't wait to read the next one and if you read this book you will love it to. So read it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

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    Great start to a YA paranormal series

    Perry has been having strange nightmares about a damp room with a stranger that seems to want to harm her. By day, she lives at home with her parents and little sister and works as a receptionist at a communications agency in Portland. Perry and her family go to have a weekend with her Uncle Albert and two cousins on the coast. While there she has this strong desire to explore the abandoned lighthouse on his property.

    While exploring the lighthouse, Perry runs into Dex. He films for an internet show and was interested in the lighthouse for a possible new show. Then things get creepy, Perry is locked in a room with a burned bed. When she gets out Dex is nowhere to be found but hr cousins are looking for her.

    After posting on her sister’s blog about the lighthouse incident, Perry has become an internet hit. This leads Dex to contact her about doing in internet show with him. Perry agrees but finds out there is more to this than just a story about a creepy abandoned lighthouse. When a creepy older lady starts giving her odd advice about Dex, Perry wonders what she is getting into.

    I really liked this story. It is a great introduction to a series I think will just keep getting better. But I have to admit that the story felt unfinished. We get to a peak in the story that feels unresolved. Then the story ends with the possibility of more to come. Don’t get me wrong, I will definitely be reading the others in this series.

    If you like paranormal YA stories, you will not be disappointed in this. Just remember that it is the first in the series.

    I received this book for free from Book Rooster in exchange for an honest opinion.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    EXCELLENT READ!

    This was an excellent read. Interesting, action packed and slightly scary. I enjoyed the fact that the leads were not typical perfect people, they have real problems, look and act like real people and interact with other characters in a real way even though the material is fantastical. I felt very sympathetic towards the main character and her poor self image which means her character traits were well written indeed! I felt like there could have been more resolution to the "ghost" part of the story but all in all a tightly paced character driven read. To let you know just how great I thought it was I started it in the evening before going to bed and immediately upon finishing bought the 2nd book from BN (for the nook). All in all a well written, well edited self published novel. I am off to finish off the 2nd book and plan on starting the third tonight. I'll post reviews of those tomorrow.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    "My mother calls me wishy-washy. I just think I'm delightfully impulsive." -K. Halle (Perry Palomino, DARKHOUSE)

    Yey!.. I actually love this book, which is always a great thing when you win the book (signed) from the author; because yes, if the book is less then, I will make that clear in my review. Something I absolutely dread doing, but will and definitely have done before, uncomfortable and regrettable or not. Thankfully, this is not an issue here because DARKHOUSE (An Experiment In Terror #1) was a thrilling ride that kept my blood pumping right to the gripping end and then some with the snippet of a preview from book #2 RED FOX which looks to be another riveting read.

    First I must commend myself on my timing. this was the perfect book to read right before Halloween; an excellent thriller chock full of white-knuckle moments and edge of your seat heart thumping terror!.. Love it!! But really, forget the spooky as hell boarded up light house with the shady history and paranormal activity, because even though all of that was well written and thought out, for me it was all about Dex and Perry. I adored Perry, she alone could carry the story for me with her not so idealistically perfect physical self and her off the beaten path way; she just felt like someone real or someone who could be real. And although Perry's a smart young woman, she's currently a bit lost in the world, kind of floundering (like many 22 year olds); but she has a self awareness about her of just how clueless she is (without being self-deprecating) and I absolutely loved her for it. Now, although I just stated that Perry could easily be the star of this show, I'm so glad she made room on the stage for Dex, because well, how could you not love Dex. He's a bit off, possibly a smidge crazy, definitely unpredictable and a whole lot of mysterious sexy.

    All in all DARKHOUSE is a fun read with strong likable and more importantly believable characters. Perry and Dex's chemistry is spot on and captivating. Although this is Mrs. Halle's first novel, she clearly has a knack for character development and storytelling and the Experiment In Terror series is off to a very promising start. I know I'm hooked!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    I am seriously hooked. I thought I would not like this type of s

    I am seriously hooked. I thought I would not like this type of story, got it just as something to kill some time. As I have had experiences with ghosts, I got right into Karina's writing and could not put it down until I finished. I have bought more of her books and can't wait for payday so I can get still more. Her writing style is amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Love this series!

    Love this series!

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  • Posted April 22, 2013

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    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blo

    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    “If you want a refreshingly creepy with a dash of scary read, then this is the one for you. Karina Halle’s writing made this story and this book totally unputdownable. Literally.” ~Under the Covers

    I’ve been hearing praises for this series ever since I finished reading the available books in The Artists Trilogy. I’ve fallen in love with Karina Halle’s writing over the last few months and I really couldn’t wait to read more from her.

    So, DARKHOUSE to me had a lot of the feel I found in THE DEVIL’S METAL. Obviously this was written before so it was the original, and it’s set in today’s world instead of the past. But a lot of the same elements and “scare tactics” apply.

    DARKHOUSE is the story of Penny. A 22 year old who has confidence issues because she’s a bit overweight and is…well…she sees things. Her whole life she’s had episodes where she’s seen people and talked to them that nobody else could see. She still lives home with her parents and younger sister and is trying to move up at her company and get a better job. Even though she hates it. Did I mention she drives a bike? Anyway, I fell in love with Penny from the very beginning. She has a silent strength to her and a core that needs to come out. The experiences set forth in this book are bound to do that and I can’t wait to see that happening.

    But this is not all about Penny. See, she goes on a family trip to visit her uncle who happens to own some land that has an unused lighthouse. Wreckless that she is, she goes off in the night, alone, drunk, into the lighthouse. Things quickly turn creepy in there but it turns out she’s not alone. There’s a cute guy with a camera there, yeah he broke in, trying to document any paranormal activity. That’s Dex. A little scraggly, a little psycho. He offers Penny an opportunity to be the star of the paranormal web-show he was trying to pitch to his boss. For that, they have to go back to the lighthouse and shoot some good footage.

    And that’s when things really get creepy. I’m not going to lie, I was reading this at night and kept looking over my shoulder until finally I flipped on my back to read this and made sure my feet and hands were under the covers. Karina Halle doesn’t pull any punches nor does she leave you thinking about what might be there. You get the full on detail.

    This is just the beginning of Penny and Dex working together and I’m very excited to see what other trouble they get into next.

    For the romance lovers…there is a connection between Penny and Dex and I’m sure we’ll see more of that in the future. But in this book, Dex is unavailable and I’m happy the author kept things the way she did so that it also shows respect between the characters that they didn’t go jumping into situations that would hurt others.

    I do have to say I think there’s something off with Penny’s parents and I wonder if they’ve been hiding something from her.

    If you want a refreshingly creepy with a dash of scary read, then this is the one for you. Karina Halle’s writing made this story and this book totally unputdownable. Literally.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

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    . This was a great introduction to the series. The only thing ke

    . This was a great introduction to the series. The only thing keeping it from 5 stars is that it felt like a long prequel. By the end I was just feeling like we were really getting somewhere and I am extremley excited for #2! The creep factor is high and leaves you on the edge of your seat. Perry and Dex have issues a plenty but you are instantley drawn to them. And I'm seriously feeling some love for Dex and all his quirks.

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

    I found this book to be quite juvenile. I read up to about 200

    I found this book to be quite juvenile. I read up to about 200 pages...........thats all I could do. I think it would have suited a much younger reader.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

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    Karina Halle is quickly rising to the top of my list of favorite

    Karina Halle is quickly rising to the top of my list of favorite authors. Her humor is one of a kind and it shines through in her writing and the characters she births.

    Perry Palomino is your not-quite average young woman. She works an average job that she's crap at and still lives with her over-bearing mother, father and nearly perfect younger sister. She dreams of a better job, escaping the scrutiny of her family and of evil, menacing, darkly shadowed men. She attributes the dreams to her previous years of drug abuse but an old lighthouse exploration changes all of that.

    Dex is a semi-professional ghost hunter. Happenstance has him at the abandoned lighthouse at the same time as Perry. Triggering the events that lead to a new partnership between the two, ghost hunting for webcasts. Dex is a self admitted liar, he's blunt, aloof, mysterious, charming and heroic. What a combination, huh?

    “Well, I knew from experience that you weren't supposed to trust the guys you thought were as sexy as hell. Dark, brooding and mysterious? Handle with care.”

    These two are odd balls all on their own and paired up they are a riot of quirkiness. They both have some failure and damage but it is revealed slowly and Halle leaves the reader with many questions as to who they were in the past. While the relationship between these two is fun, endearing, sexy and at times frustrating - the story only partially lies there.

    The rest of the tale sits in the haunting of Perry and the connection between what her dreams show her and what she witnesses at the lighthouse. If you like a good ghost story, Darkhouse delivers. The boos and bumps in the night are in perfect contract to the uniqueness of the characters. We follow Perry and Dex on a path of discovering what is haunting the lighthouse, what is haunting each of them and what it is that connects them. Darkhouse had me laughing at times and covering my eyes at others. The best compliment I can give it is this... I am so so glad that this is just the first book in a long series as I can't imagine not having more Perry, Dex and their spooky escapades in my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Ugh!

    I finished it only because most reviewers loved it and I was hoping it would get better. It never did. There were some good parts but they were few and far between. It drove me crazy that the font size changed from paragraph to paragraph. I will not be reading the rest of the series.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

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    Good!

    I enjoyed it! Definitely a page-turner. Can't wait to read Red Fox (#2).

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Highly Recommend!! Chilling and Intriguing - A Must Read

    5* to Karina Halle, and DarkHouse. I'm not sure how she did it but the EIT series is unlike any other series i have read so far. DarkHouse is the 1st in the series. We start out with Perry your typical 22 yr old, not sure if this is really what i want to do with my life receptionist. Perry n the family go visit her uncle who lives on the coast. One night Perry,her sister,Ada, and her cousin's were down on the beach drinking, Perry decides she wants to go explore the old lighthouse her uncle would never let her explore before. She takes off with her camera and breaks into the lighthouse, this is where she meets Dex, but then he's gone just as quick as he appeared. When she returns home she puts up her video from the lighthouse on her sister's blog, it seems she has a hit. Dex contacts her later the next week, turns out he works for a internet show, and they want her to go back to the lighthouse with him and film a pilot episode. When they return to the "darkhouse" Old Ruddy is waiting for them. Perry and Dex have no idea what awaits them, what dangers they will face all to make a show or is to make it out alive!!!!This book is the perfect combination of supernatural/ghost, adventure,and romance.

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