REVIEW: The Benson By Karina Halle

December 6, 2012 Uncategorized 4

Review of The Benson by Karina Halle
An Experiment in Terror Novella (#2.5)

This short story/novella sees amateur Youtube ghost-hunters, Perry Palomino and Dex Foray, investigating the real-life hauntings of Portland’s infamous Benson Hotel. It occurs between books #2 (Red Fox) and #3 (Dead Sky Morning) and is the perfect primer for anyone interested in the EIT series.


The Benson is a quick short story that takes place between books two and three.  In this book Perry and Dex are at it again!  My favorite ghost-hunting  team are at the famous Benson Hotel in Portland.  If you follow my reviews at all you know I love this series – mostly I just love Perry.  I could just gush on and on about her in every review and this time I’d just like to say picturing her ass-end up head-first in a laundry basket almost made me pee my pants.  She’s so freaking funny.
I swear, I don’t understand why I find them so funny, I just do. 
I just do.  I can’t help it. 
Another five star read for me.  I hope to get to book three soon.  Very soon…see here’s the thing.  Most of the books I review on here I take up because I want to see how they fit into the new adult world, but the EIT series is just fun.  I read it because I want to relax and not because I want to write about it tomorrow.  It’s just fun.

The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently splits her time between her apartment in downtown Vancouver and her sailboat, where a book and a bottle of wine are always at hand.


4 Responses to “REVIEW: The Benson By Karina Halle”

  1. The Readingista

    I never used to read novellas, even when they were a part of a series that I was reading, but now find them a nice bit of enjoyment to wedge in when I am not sure what to read next.
    This one sounds amazing. I love a book that cracks me up the way this did you. Thanks for your great review.

  2. J. Anne Huss

    I never read short stories either – I’m brand new at that. But I was in between books and I just wanted to relax, so this was perfect. A one night read. :)

  3. Megan

    Julie – I love this series so much! Stuff happens in book 3 and the more stuff happens in book 4. You just have to keep reading. I can’t wait for more of your reviews! Karina Halle is awesome!

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