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.
I originally got this book for free from Kobo, but after I downloaded it, it sat on my Kobo forever. UNTIL I read The Devil’s Metal and fell in love with Karina’s writing. Shortly after finishing that one, I dove into Darkhouse. I was happy to see that Karina’s knack for writing something creepy, but still with romance and humour held strong in this book as well.
I absolutely loved this story! I’m a sucker for ghost stories and the idea of a ghost story taking place in a lighthouse (A LIGHTHOUSE! Super creepy factor right there!) hooked me right from the start! While I don’t necessarily get scared while reading, I will admit that there was a definite spooky atmosphere going on. It was awesome.
What I loved most, though, was the main character, Perry. I instantly connected with her, which made me know I would be hooked. We shared so many things, with Perry not being perfect, or her being a receptionist, or her liking music, or her unrequited longing for Dex. I GOT HER. I also felt that I got her sister, Ada, despite the fact that Ada seems to be a super-fashionable being – she’s a blogger! I GOT that part of the book, too!
And speaking of Dex, he was another great thing about the book, with all the mystery that surrounds him. I have to say that I was a little put off by him calling Perry “kiddo” a lot, but the fact that these two people are thrown together and there’s no instant love or romance was a bit plus, especially for a book that’s part of a series. That’s not saying that I’m not totally on the romance train because I want it to happen – BADLY!
I knew from the first page that this was going to be a series I would love and I am happy to say that that feeling still holds after finishing this book! I can’t wait to read more about Dex and Perry and their Experiments in Terror show!
I totally recommend this to all lovers of ghost stories!
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