Review: Darkhouse by Karina Halle

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Review: Darkhouse by Karina Halle

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: May 13, 2011
Series: Experiment in Terror #1
Pages: 323


“If you want a refreshingly creepy with a dash of scary read, then this is the one for you.  Karina Halle’s writing made this story and this book totally unputdownable.  Literally.” ~Under the Covers

I’ve been hearing praises for this series ever since I finished reading the available books in The Artists Trilogy.  I’ve fallen in love with Karina Halle’s writing over the last few months and I really couldn’t wait to read more from her.

So, DARKHOUSE to me had a lot of the feel I found in THE DEVIL’S METAL.  Obviously this was written before so it was the original, and it’s set in today’s world instead of the past.  But a lot of the same elements and “scare tactics” apply.

DARKHOUSE is the story of Perry.  A 22 year old who has confidence issues because she’s a bit overweight and is…well…she sees things.  Her whole life she’s had episodes where she’s seen people and talked to them that nobody else could see.  She still lives home with her parents and younger sister and is trying to move up at her company and get a better job.  Even though she hates it.  Did I mention she drives a bike?  Anyway, I fell in love with Perry from the very beginning.  She has a silent strength to her and a core that needs to come out.  The experiences set forth in this book are bound to do that and I can’t wait to see that happening.

But this is not all about Perry.  See, she goes on a family trip to visit her uncle who happens to own some land that has an unused lighthouse.  Wreckless that she is, she goes off in the night, alone, drunk, into the lighthouse.  Things quickly turn creepy in there but it turns out she’s not alone.  There’s a cute guy with a camera there, yeah he broke in, trying to document any paranormal activity.  That’s Dex.  A little scraggly, a little psycho.  He offers Perry an opportunity to be the star of the paranormal web-show he was trying to pitch to his boss.  For that, they have to go back to the lighthouse and shoot some good footage.

And that’s when things really get creepy.  I’m not going to lie, I was reading this at night and kept looking over my shoulder until finally I flipped on my back to read this and made sure my feet and hands were under the covers.  Karina Halle doesn’t pull any punches nor does she leave you thinking about what might be there.  You get the full on detail.

This is just the beginning of Perry and Dex working together and I’m very excited to see what other trouble they get into next.

For the romance lovers…there is a connection between Perry and Dex and I’m sure we’ll see more of that in the future.  But in this book, Dex is unavailable and I’m happy the author kept things the way she did so that it also shows respect between the characters that they didn’t go jumping into situations that would hurt others.

I do have to say I think there’s something off with Perry’s parents and I wonder if they’ve been hiding something from her.

If you want a refreshingly creepy with a dash of scary read, then this is the one for you.  Karina Halle’s writing made this story and this book totally unputdownable.  Literally.

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About Karina Halle

The daugh­ter of a Nor­we­gian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Van­cou­ver, Canada with trolls and eter­nal dark­ness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadis­tic appre­ci­a­tion for freak­ing peo­ple out. Like many of the flawed char­ac­ters she writes, Karina never knew where to find her­self and has dab­bled in act­ing, make-up artistry, film pro­duc­tion, screen­writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, travel writ­ing and music jour­nal­ism. She even­tu­ally found her­self in the pages of the very nov­els she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screen­writ­ing degree from Van­cou­ver Film School and a Bach­e­lor of Jour­nal­ism from TRU. Her travel writ­ing, music reviews/interviews and pho­tog­ra­phy has appeared in pub­li­ca­tions such as Con­se­quence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNo­mad Travel Guides. She cur­rently splits her time between her apart­ment in down­town Van­cou­ver and her sail­boat, where a book and a bot­tle of wine are always at hand.

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trish dechant

This has been on my kindle and now I can’t wait to read it…with the lights on…and other people in the house…just sayin. I’m a big pussy when it comes to scary shit–but I love to scare myself.
Thanks for the great review. I have fallen in LURVE with Karina as well and want to devour her…books 🙂


Ooooh I like the sound of this…thanks Francesca!

Maria D.

Thanks for the review – this is a new to me author and series

Lori Meehan

Thanks Francesca.

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