Review: Red Fox by Karina Halle

Posted 24 October, 2012 by Amanda / 24 Comments

Red Fox by Karina Halle
(Experiment in Terror, #2)

Genre: Horror
Format: ebook
Read: 9/20/2012 — 9/23/2012
In Six Words: Red Fox simultaneously creeps and delights.


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Book Order

1. Darkhouse
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.
-from Goodreads

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.

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24 Responses to “Review: Red Fox by Karina Halle”

  1. I loved this series and can’t wait for the next book, Into the Hollow, to be released. It just gets better and better. Trust me

  2. I’m happy you liked this one! I don’t think it was my favourite one in the series, but it’s still way up there. I don’t think I got scared with this one, but I did get scared with the next one. These are perfect for Halloween!

    As far as your confusion with Dex goes, yes. He’s such a weirdo sometimes, but I grew to love him. Or, at least, we’re getting there.

    Keep reading!!

  3. I am spreading my love for this series around like a working girl on Saturday night! Boom!

    I’m very, very glad that you enjoyed this book more than book 1. The books continue to get better and better as the series progresses, in my opinion. Karina Halle is a master at creating the slow-burn relationships that make you want to alternately scream in frustration and cheer in delight. MOAR, I say. MOAR!

  4. Gah!!! I’ve had this series on my TBR for-freaking-EVER! I love when a book REALLY scares me! Sometimes I don’t realize HOW freaked out I am until I have nightmares that night! Lol

  5. I’m thinking this is not the series for me Amanda as I do get scared easily while reading. Ridiculously easy. I feel like my husband might come home to find me curled in a fetal ball if I try to read this book. No good. I like dark books, just not scary ones!

    • Ha. In that case, this might not be a series for you, Jenny. Or, I could send one of my Top Off Tuesday/No Pants Tuesday men to sit with you while reading. Perhaps that would be an acceptable solution to the issue of reading scary books?

    • When I found out there’s a book with Dex’s perspective (The Dex-Files), I got ridiculously excited. I need to get my butt in gear so that I can get caught up with the series and read that one. DEX!

  6. I have such a hard time with horror (though I live UF. Go figure) because some of those eerie elements scare the crap out of me! I just don’t know if this is one I can read…or if I should read it with the lights on and puppies close for protection.

  7. OK I just picked up the first one as a freebie. I am really getting into creepy reads and I didn’t used to like Horror at all. I blame Zombies (they really get a bad rap from me as I blame them for A LOT)

  8. ooookdagklag. Me no love character ambiguity, either… well… wait. I don’t mind getting to know a character slowly, but I hate it when they make the most RANDOM choices, and zoom off doing something strange and out of established character patterns?


    ANYWAY. Scared while reading? SAME. It just doesn’t happen for me. Well, it does. But not often. It’s a RARE book. And… I mean… AMANDA. I IS INTREEEEEE-GED.

    I wouldn’t have picked up the first book based on that description, but… mmm….

    *runs of to Amazon*