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Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) by [Halle, Karina]
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Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) Kindle Edition

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About 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 796 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Metal Blonde Books (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050Q6HQK
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #615,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Perry, a young woman who went through childhood with a vivid imagination OR did she have the sight? No one else believed her or saw her 'imaginary' friends and thus Perry went through some drug induced teenage years. Dex, ten years older, a website film maker has his own problems. He lies, and he is taking anti-psychotic medications for manic depression.
Our characters meet in a lighthouse owned by Perry's Uncle Al. Perry is on a weekend vacation at her Uncle's when she wanders off towards the lighthouse and unable to keep her curiosity at bay, enters the building. She meets Dex who encourages her to explore and film the lighthouse with him. Thus, a partnership is born and they return later to lay the ghosts to rest. This is the first of a series of stories starring Perry Palomino and Dex Foray, paranormal hunters and film makers. They have enough chemistry to keep the reader interested and ask do they, don't they etc? A great, fun read.
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I had seen a lot of great reviews about this novel on Goodreads.com and when I discovered it was free to read on Kindle, I couldn't resist checking it out. To be honest, I started reading this with low expectations. I'm not sure why but I did. However, within the first 30 pages, I had my expectations seriously raised. I had been sucked in instantly. The protagonist, Perry Palomino really spoke to me. She's this flawed hero kind of character - she's been through some crap but she's come out the other side and is trying to turn her life around. It was refreshing to read about a character with some humanity, some pathos. It was also a breath of fresh air to read what I'll term an Urban Fantasy novel with a protagonist who isn't otherworldy. Perry is your average 22 year old who left University with hopes of a job more meaningful and better paid than the job she's currently in as Receptionist for an advertising firm. So she has these weird dreams sometimes and has been known to see things that may or may not really be there, but she's as human as they come. She's not a vampire, a witch or a werewolf and that is so refreshing in a market saturated with supernatural beings.

On a weekend trip to stay with her Uncle, Perry decides to investigate the old abandoned Lighthouse on his property. It's late at night, she's got a bit of alcohol in her system and she's on her own. Or so she thinks. Stumbling through the creepy old lighthouse, she bumps into Dex Foray, a strange but attractive guy with a camcorder who says he's checking out the apparently haunted lighthouse for a web show he's working on.

Perry and Dex soon find themselves thrown together, determined to solve the mystery of the Lighthouse.
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I give this book 3.5 stars. It's not my normal kind of book, but I've heard people rave about the series and as is was free I thought I'd give it a go. I think this was a good book to introduce you to the characters. I loved Perry. She felt completely real with her feelings, I loved the fact that she was scared, but ultimately still did things that lead her into crazy situations. I know a lot of my book friends absolutely love Dex. I have to say that at this stage I didn't really connect well with him in this book, but I get the feeling that he will grow on me in later books. I wouldn't say the book was scary, it was a little creepy but at times I was laughing and I was telling my husband about bits that were happening in the book as i was reading which is a good sign that I was drawn in and enjoying it. Although its not exactly a short book, It felt short and didn't take a long time to read. I have only given it 3.5 stars as I thought something was missing and I didn't connect with or get Dex but being the first book in the series I think this will change as the books progress. I found myself wanting to know more about Perry's past, if her feelings about Dex will actually come to anything and well, just more about Dex in general. I am definitely looking forward to the next book and wish I could read it next, but I'm just going to take a little break from Perry and Dex.
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Karina Halle has managed a book that clashes together horror, urban fantasy and perhaps a dash of paranormal romance. Dark house is full of suspense, terror and emotion. Perry is an amazing character and not just because she listens to the same music as me (though you don't find many books with Slayer references in) she is sarcastic, witty and just a tad morose. Dex is no saint, he has problems by the many but still he come a cross as charming (now and then). They truly make a awkwardly entertaining pair, while hunting out the evil that lurks in all those dark places we ignore.
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By Julie Elizabeth Powell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 July 2013
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I really enjoyed this story, especially the main characters, Perry and Dex. Each had strong personalities, and in this first novel of the series they develop well. I loved the humour behind Perry's many insecurities, and her insistent individual style and intelligence, despite them.

For me, it was the characters that made this tale enjoyable, and there was enough 'ghouls and ghosts', mystery and intrigue to make it a good plot too.

A great foundation upon which to build the series.

Recommended.
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