Indies on PJV: Darkhouse by Karina Halle
Darkhouse is a unique and utterly different read, and boy is it readable. Really unputdownable. This book has been recommended to me from so many sources that I finally picked it up, and I was not disappointed. The book characters and horror elements were simply too good to be true. But they are!
Title: Darkhouse (Experiment in terror #1)
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Horror, with bits of Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal.
Published: March 2012
Blurb: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.
***Darkhouse and the Experiment in Terror series is a horror/romance for mature audiences only. Readers who are easily offended by harsh language should think twice about reading it.***
Perry is a young woman fresh out of college. Her job is boring and soul draining. Her parents seem disappointed in her, and her sister is fifteen, a hard age to relate to. Add in the fact that Perry has always been a bit strange and she seems to be living outside of the world expectations of her. She’s always felt like she was supposed to do something great, unique and creative. She just hasn’t found it yet. Enter a trip to her Uncle’s estate. Which is Oceanside and even includes a creepy old lighthouse. Oh and it’s forbidden. Her Uncle wants everyone to steer clear of it. For obvious reasons, he believes it’s evil. But Perry feels drawn to it. She’s a moth looking for the flame. When she enters the lighthouse she finds more than one type of flame. One is a terrifying white light that envelopes the whole structure. The other is a mysterious man named Dex that she is drawn to despite the fact that she knows he might be dangerous for her heart.
This book rocks! No, really it does. I loved every single word in it. The writing is engaging. It’s also well written and edited. I loved it. Perry is awesome. She’s an outcast that I can relate to. She’s had dark days, is around fifteen pounds overweight and insecure. She’s unsure of where she wants to go in life and ends up settling at first, but her eye is always on the look out for something more, something better.
The setting is perfect. Who doesn’t love exploring abandoned structures? Especially if they are supposed to be haunted. Added on top of the scary atmosphere of the physical setting is Perry’s visions and dreams. Some of those freaked me out more than the bumps and creaks of the lighthouse. Oh and when she finds kelp leading up the stairs of the lighthouse. Yeah the way the author described it I had to put my kindle down. It was so late and it was freaking me out. I don’t often get scared and most definitely not by the written word, but Karina Halle managed to do that. She has now been added to a very short list of authors that can pull horror off and scare me. As in there are (now) three people on that list. It was perfect, I love getting scared. I actively seek it out sometimes.
When I pulled this book off of my kindle pile I was looking for something different. I have been neck deep in contemp romances. Which are my guilty pleasure. But with the amount of books I had been reading in that genre that was starting to feel like a chore. This was a breath of fresh air. There is definitely romance in these pages but it’s not over done, and it is not the sole purpose of the book. As a matter of fact no kisses where even exchanged in these pages, yet the tension was there. It was a perfect balance. I’m cheering for Perry. I hope she turns Dex head away from his supermodel looking girlfriend.
Darkhouse is a great read. It’s a real page turner. So much so that I have already bought book two and am going to dive into that one tonight. There go my plans to spend the rest of the week with Clockwork Princess. I will gladly have my pants scared off rather than following Shadowhunters any day!