Red Fox by Karina Halle
(Experiment in Terror, #2)
Read: 9/20/2012 — 9/23/2012
In Six Words: Red Fox simultaneously creeps and delights.
2. Red Fox
3. Dead Sky Morning
4. Lying Season
5. On Demon Wings
6. Into the Hollow
Why I Started Reading This Series
Kelly is pretty much the entire reason I started reading this series. She told me to download Darkhouse when it was a Kindle freebie earlier this year, and when Red Fox was a freebie this May (5/11/2012, specifically), she made me download it, too. I lack a review for Darkhouse, but I can tell you that I enjoyed Red Fox more than Darkhouse, and I hope that the trend continues with the rest of the series. The Experiment in Terror series is well loved by many people, and I am beginning to understand why.
With Book Two of the Experiment in Terror Series, Perry Palomino and Dex Foray trade in the stormy Oregon coast for the unforgiving deserts of New Mexico.
In the forgotten town of Red Fox, a Navajo couple is tortured by things unseen and by motives unknown. Wild animals slink through their house in the dark, a barrage of stones pound their roof nightly, and mutilated sheep carcasses are turning up on their property. Armed with a camera and just enough to go on, Perry and Dex travel to the desolate locale, hoping to film the supernatural occurrences and add credibility to their flailing webcast. Only their show has a lot more working against them than just growing pains. Tested by dubious ranch hands, a ghost from Dex’s past, and shapeshifting deception, the amateur ghost hunters must learn to trust each other in order to fight the most ancient of myths…or die trying.
Thoughts on Book 2
It’s rare for me to get scared while reading. I don’t know if I just don’t scare easily while reading, or if the authors I’m reading never quite push me over the edge. Either way, Red Fox was scary. There’s something about this story that makes you want to run away screaming in fear because shit gets real, people/things keep trying to kill Perry and Dex, and no one knows why. In a way, this book replicates a lot of the feelings that I love about a good mystery thriller, except with the supernatural.
Though sometimes there are certain aspects that are way, way too easy to guess or make connections, (Really, Perry? The hairbrush? I saw that one coming a mile away even if you didn’t), there was certainly enough left unanswered to keep me reading to find out what happened, and, you know, to make sure that Perry and Dex don’t die. Despite their flaws, I like both of them. I struggle with Dex a bit, but I’m a person who thrives on lack of ambiguity, and Dex happens to be one very confusing person. Just when you think you’ve finally figured him out, he does a 180. And this drives me crazy. But I definitely liked Red Fox Dex better than Darkhouse Dex.
In fact, this second installment in the Experiment in Terror series is even better than the first. That’s the mark of a good series, in my opinion, and I am looking forward to continuing (also, thank you, Kelly, for telling me to download The Benson; you were right: I wanted it once I finished Red Fox). If you need a good, scary book for this Halloween–or for any time, really–I’d recommend this series. After all, if it can scare me, it’ll probably scare you, too.