EIT Re-read: Darkhouse by Karina Halle

EIT Re-read: Darkhouse by Karina HalleDarkhouse by Karina Halle
Series: Experiment in Terror #1
Genres: Horror, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Dust to Dust
Also by this author: Dust to Dust

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 horrific 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.

The woman in black standing at the rail ** Note: Soft Focus at 100%, best at smaller sizes


I’m so excited to be reading this series again! It’s been almost two years since it ended and I still remember it fondly. Partly because of the books themselves, but mostly because of the people I have met because of this series.  When I started reading it, at the end of 2012, there was already a strong community of Experiment in Terror readers and they were something fierce. I believe it was Megan from Reading Books Like a Boss, who initially contacted me after seeing on Goodreads that I was reading it.  She added me to the Facebook reading group where I met even more EIT lovers and some of those people grew to become some of my closest book community friends. Then, some of those turned into real world friends. All because of Karina Halle and her quirky characters – Perry and Dex.

Experiment in Terror is unlike any series I’ve ever read. It’s a mixture of horror, humor and eventually romance and all the things that come along with those three things. I had plenty of laugh out load moments and many, many moments that still creep me the fuck out when I think back on them. And, well…Dex will always be at the top of the list of best book boyfriends.

I hope, if you are new to the series, you take a peek at it. And if you are already a fan, I hope you’ll hit up one of our posts and reminisce along with us! #DerryForever

The series starts off with Darkhouse, which is a bit slower than the rest of the EIT books. However, it sets us up for so, so much.  So, grab a drink, sit back and let these goofy and flawed characters settle in – and hopefully, in the end, you’ll love them as much as I do!

Ali’s original review of Darkhouse:

Karina Halle is quickly rising to the top of my list of favorite authors. Her humor is one of a kind and it shines through in her writing and the characters she births.

Perry Palomino is your not-quite average young woman. She works an average job that she’s crap at and still lives with her over-bearing mother, father and nearly perfect younger sister. She dreams of a better job, escaping the scrutiny of her family and of evil, menacing, darkly shadowed men. She attributes the dreams to her previous years of drug abuse but an old lighthouse exploration changes all of that.



Dex is a semi-professional ghost hunter. Happenstance has him at the abandoned lighthouse at the same time as Perry. Triggering the events that lead to a new partnership between the two, ghost hunting for webcasts. Dex is a self admitted liar, he’s blunt, aloof, mysterious, charming and heroic. What a combination, huh?

“Well, I knew from experience that you weren’t supposed to trust the guys you thought were as sexy as hell. Dark, brooding and mysterious? Handle with care.”

These two are odd balls all on their own and paired up they are a riot of quirkiness. They both have some failure and damage but it is revealed slowly and Halle leaves the reader with many questions as to who they were in the past. While the relationship between these two is fun, endearing, sexy and at times frustrating – the story only partially lies there.



The rest of the tale sits in the haunting of Perry and the connection between what her dreams show her and what she witnesses at the lighthouse. If you like a good ghost story, Darkhouse delivers. The boos and bumps in the night are in perfect contract to the uniqueness of the characters. We follow Perry and Dex on a path of discovering what is haunting the lighthouse, what is haunting each of them and what it is that connects them. Darkhouse had me laughing at times and covering my eyes at others. The best compliment I can give it is this… I am so so glad that this is just the first book in a long series as I can’t imagine not having more Perry, Dex and their spooky escapades in my life.


About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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