Red Fox (Experiment in Terror #2)
by Karina Halle
Published on March 2012
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, New Mexico, 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.
In Red Fox, the second installment of Karina Halle’s Experiment in Terror series, ghost hunters Perry and Dex find themselves in a small town in New Mexico right after the debut of their paranormal investigation web show. A Native American couple are having unexplainable problems on their ranch–animal mutilations, showers or rocks on their roof, wild animals inside of their house–and Maximus, a psychic and old friend of Dex’s from college brings the pair in to get to the bottom of the problem.
Perry has been struggling as of late–with both the fact that she lost her job and has to find something new quickly, and with her growing feelings for Dex. She knows that Dex has a gorgeous and successful girlfriend, so why would Perry stand a chance? When Dex calls her with the offer to travel to New Mexico for the web show, Perry really can’t say no. She needs the money and she tells herself that even though she’s uneasy with opening herself to the paranormal again, everything will be fine with Dex around.
Dex really wants to make this web show work, to be successful on his own. But he discovers that he’s lost his medication that keeps him on an even keel once they get to Red Fox, and when you add in that he has to deal with his old irritating friend Maximus…things certainly aren’t going his way. He certainly didn’t tell Perry that they’d have to pose as a married couple while in Red Fox because the Navajo couple they would be staying with were devout Christians, either.
I loved this second installment. The weird occurrences at the ranch are paranormal in nature, and Dex and Perry wind up fighting tooth and nail to survive as the figure out the very real threat. The sexual tension is amped up between Dex and Perry, while you definitely see that the interest isn’t as one-sided as Perry believed it to be. The terror and threat of physical harm ramp up to the end, and you really wonder if anyone will make it out relatively intact.
I really love this series! Real, sassy, straight forward female main character and hot complex male lead that’s hard to figure out. The emotions are raw, true to life, and accessible as you experience everything through Perry’s eyes. A solid five out of five!