*I received a free copy of Darkhouse from Tantor Media via Tantor Media. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Darkhouse by Karina Halle
Narrator: Jo Raylan
Series: Experiment in Terror #1
Published by Tantor Media on April 18, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: 7 hours, 56 minutes
Source: Tantor Media
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 has been hanging around gathering dust for awhile. When my younger daughter gave it a listen, loved it, and promptly blew through the first 3 books in the Experiment in Terror series, I decided it was time I give it a listen!
Perry seems like your typical 20-something, working at a job she doesn’t enjoy while trying to figure out where her life goes from here. She’s had an interesting life thus far – KHalle doles out facts throughout such as drug-use, mental health issues, weight issues – all of which have impacted who Perry is right now. Oh, and the most interesting trait of Perry’s? She can see and talk to ghosts. Dex…well, he’s an enigma. And I don’t think I’m meant to figure him out just yet. After a chance meeting with Perry – at a haunted lighthouse – he’s suddenly proposing the two of them work together on a ghost-hunter type show. See, Dex apparently can see and talk to ghosts too. But other than that, I can’t really figure him out. There’s chemistry between him and Perry but it reamins to be seen what kind of chemistry they have.
Not only were Perry and Dex compellingly written but I also quite enjoyed how well KHalle fleshed out the secondary cast – especially Ada, Perry’s teenage sister.
Well, the plot is mostly ghost hunting, right? But this odd lady keeps appearing to both Perry and Dex and she seems to be some sort of guide for them. For example, she told them both about meeting the other and gave advice. She also said they were just beginning. I’m intrigued to say the least, for reasons not the least of which being Perry’s courage in the face of things that would have me running in the opposite direction. Dex would be included in that list of things I’d run from. 😉
Jo Raylan did an excellent job with voicing the different characters as well as conveying the eerie and creepy nature of a lot of the story. She had me holding my breath in suspense.
Darkhouse was just the tip of the ice berg for Perry and Dex and KHalles delivers a suspenseful story with creepy, atmospheric details, as well as engaging characters. I’m still grasping at straws trying to figure out the hows and whys. I suppose I’ll just have to continue the series to get my answers.
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