I give this book 2.5 stars, it could’ve been much better. Published in 2011, Darkhouse was Halle’s debut album in the YA genre. However, the synopsis does come with this warning:
“WARNING: There are two things you need to know about this book. 1 – the series does get sexier as the books go on, so I should warn you now (this book is totally PG, except for language…please mind the very crude language) and 2 – this was the author’s first book, written back in 2009.
She’s written 35 novels (in all genres) since then but please note…we all have to start somewhere. That said, enjoy the crazy ride!”
The book reads like a “pilot episode” which is a good thing since its currently optioned for TV by CBS. This is the first (so far there are 8 books) in the Experiment in Terror series. Darkhouse introduces two characters, Perry Palomino and Dex Foray, who meet in Perry’s uncle’s haunted lighthouse. Apparently, they have been thrown together by supernatural forces, but not much is explained as to why.
What I liked the most about this story is the quirky protagonist couple, Perry and Dex. Halle has done an excellent job creating these characters. Perry is described as a chubby girl (author’s words, not mine) who is a bit self-conscious of her looks. I’m all for young women in YA genre to be all shapes and sizes, but this could’ve been handled better especially for a YA. A typical young twenty-two-year-old who yearns for her dream job while working as a receptionist and living at home with her parents and fifteen-year-old sister. She is a funny, very bright but a bit off as she sees ghosts and has some dark secrets in her past that she would instead not remember.
Dex is 10 years her senior, and since the book is written in Perry’s POV, we don’t know much about Dex other than he is an eccentric producer for an upcoming webcast on ghost hunters who dates a woman with a modelesque body type. Again, this could’ve been written better but, I’m looking forward to learning more about these two and what makes them tick.
What I didn’t like was that the Darkhouse left a lot of loose ends and I don’t think they were intentional. For one, Halle never explains what happens to Old Roddy, the ghost of the lighthouse or how he is connected to Perry. For two, it only hints that there is a reason that Perry and Dex are linked in some way, but too much was left out. The book is described as being scary and sexy – it’s not. I’m hoping some things are cleared up in book 2, which is also a free read. That being said, I’ll give book 2 a read and let you know.