Red Fox (Experiments in Terror #2)
Publication Date: June 13th 2011
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal
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.
Red Fox finds itself along a very different paranormal path than Darkhouse. Perry and Dex find themselves in a completely different environment and facing a different kind of "evil". I will admit I did not enjoy this book as much as Darkhouse (I did spend about half of it screaming at the two of them to capture more footage), but that is not to say I didn't enjoy it, because enjoy it I did.
I really liked the use of Native American legends invoked this time, adding a layer of human treachery to paranormal evil. The plot twists and turns and kept me guessing until the very end, all while revealing that Perry and Dex are deeper than originally thought. Finding a bit about Dex's past was especially enjoyable. He's such a secretive man that prying anything from him is impossible. (And just to mention, you can cut Perry and Dex's sexual tension with a knife it's so thick).
On top of this the internet show's popularity is already in question. Her family things it's just meh and well Perry is fired from her job from assuming everything will be okay (which was a serious blow to myself since I make a lot of decisions like that). I think it as from the fear from them losing the show (one of my favourite aspects of the book) that had me screaming in my head at them most of the time.
I totally did not guess that Sarah was one of the bad guys and I feel absolutely dumb for not. In hindsight it was obvious she was not happy and that she was putting on an act, but the fact that she was a skinwalker took me by surprise. Also what is creepier than the idea of the skinwalker? Can be an animal or even take on the skin of a friend.
So though I missed the creepy ghosts and haunted stories, I really liked the incorporation of something different with the skinwalkers.
If you enjoyed Perry and Dex in Darkhouse you will enjoy them more in Red Fox. I seriously recommend this series to people who want something different out of paranormal fiction and characters types that haven't been overused. (Like Dex, who is such a butt and so secretive and so much like people in the real world).