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Darkhouse is the first installment in what appears to be a nine-book series. This one reads like a pilot episode: making introductions, developing characters and relationships, setting the paranormal scene and dictating the roles for these characters. It's mysterious, suspenseful, and full of ghostly scares. I am super motivated to continue, and it feels nostalgic for me personally as it reminds me of the Friday nights I so looked forward to. Check it out!
My favorite quote:
“If you want to be all like smart and adult about this sh#t then do the right thing. But if you want to do something fun and take a chance, then screw what anyone else thinks. Rock and roll, man!”
Karina Halle's Experiment in Terror series includes the following installments as of April 2017:
3-Dead Sky Morning
5-On Demon Wings
6-Into the Hollow
6.5-And With Madness Comes the Light
8-Ashes to Ashes
9-Dust to Dust
KC had mentioned to me about wanting to read this series a couple months ago but I was too chicken to take the leap of faith. But after a bad run on romance books lately I knew I had to cleanse my palate. After reading the first couple of pages and seeing my hometown mentioned and my alma mater I knew it was going to be okay!!! Plus there is a lot of humor in this book.
Perry and Dex both have the ability to see and communicate with ghost. Perry is working in Portland as a receptionist and Dex is a internet filmmaker in Seattle. He is 10 years older than Perry.
A lighthouse on Perry's uncle's property is what draws these two to their first meeting of each other. It's no chance meeting because the spirit world has been beaconing them there. A Creepy Clown Lady has been communicating to both them as their 'spirit guide'. She keeps appearing in random places (like the women's bathroom) and giving them cryptic messages.
"You'll find out. It's not over yet. You're just discovering. You're just starting."
Where to begin? First, I actually started reading Veiled first and got a quarter of the way through it before I put it down. Not because I wasn't enjoying it, I was loving the hell outta it-it reminded me of how much I love a good horror/thriller/suspense with the possibility of romance thrown in and sprinkled with amazing characters. Even though it's a spin-off of the EIT series, and we're told it's not necessary to read that first, after spending some time with Dex & Perry, and experiencing the complexity of the world around these characters, and snagging hints of past stories, I decided to shelve Veiled and jump into the EIT world. Hell, I already had the first three books sitting on my kindle, I just hadn't gotten around to reading them. Now I'm kicking myself for putting it off for so long. On the plus side-all the books in the series have now been released so I will thoroughly enjoy binge reading them.
I got my first glimpse of Karina Halle's particular brand of genius with The Devil's Metal, and this book proved to be just as intense, just as scary, just as edge of your seat thrilling as that book was-just minus the sex. I freely admit to being a dirty book whore who loves herself some dirty freaking sex-the fact that I still loved every damn minute of this book and hardly missed my sex fix just proves how wrapped up in the story, and characters, I actually was. The scares, the fear, the unbelievable unknown, start right from the beginning and never let go.
Perry was the kind of heroine I love to get in the head of-just the right amount of fear and trepidation, with a whole lot of courage. Her past is not pretty, and I get the feeling we've barely scratched the surface, but it's enough to understand her constant self-doubt, her lack of confidence, her inability to see herself as she should. She yearns for a life out of the mundane, she desperately wants to escape normality and find her place in the world, and Dex presents her with the perfect opportunity-if she can find the strength to go for it.
Dex was a conundrum and I really wish I had gotten even just a small glimpse into what truly goes on in that head of his, but it wasn't to be. As it stands, he has quite a unique personality. A little funny, a bit intense, sexy and flirty, and maybe -quite possibly- a smidge insane. He has definitely captivated my full attention-just waiting to see what he'll do, or say, next. And I'm not the only one-Perry is quickly falling under his thrall. Though he doesn't seem to be as taken with her as she is with him-at least, not in the same way. Of course, with him, WHO KNOWS?! And can I just say, I've never hated my name before, but every time it pops up I detest it just a little more....
In closing, if you're looking for a book that not just jumps outside the norm, but creeps you out, scares your pants off and pulls you so deep into it's world you never want to leave, then this is clearly it. Just read in the bright daylight, or have a blanky on hand. Maybe some booze. Definitely a big, scary dog at your side-or in my case, a 13lb licking machine and cuddler. While this doesn't end of a cliffhanger, it's definitely made clear there is much more to come-with nine books, and several novellas, I'm very much looking forward to being lost in this world.
~As anxious and nervous as I was about the new path I was about to head down, a tiny part of me knew everything was going to be OK. It felt right.~
This to me is a true horror type story without just being unnecessarily gory. The author creates a picture in your mind of the dark moody lighthouse, and the scary lighthouse keeper that haunts it. You can see it in your mind as Perry and Dex explore it.
Overall, I was incredibly excited to start this series.