Review: The Benson by Karina Halle

The Benson (Experiment in Terror 2.5)
By Karina Halle
Published by Metal Blonde Books
Publication Date: December 7, 2011
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads:

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.

I will try to avoid spoilers for the rest of the EIT series but I don’t know that I’ll be wholly successful, so read at your own risk if you’re not caught up through at least book 4.

The Benson is a short novella, so this will be a short review. That said, this was a great story that could easily have been the focus of one of the longer EIT books. Who doesn’t love a haunted hotel?  And despite all of its fanciness, the Benson Hotel is uber creepy. One ghost in particular is the focus of this story, that of a former ship owner who is said to have committed suicide in the hotel after his business faltered and he lost his fortune.

For those who are hoping that Dex & Perry will end up getting together, this book doesn’t progress that storyline much (if at all). It takes place at probably the sexual tension high point of the series when P & D are still feeling each other out (pardon the pun) and awkwardly pretending not to be attracted to one another.

What The Benson does do is give us a short, creepy story that you can motor through in a single sitting and get your Dex/Perry fix while you’re waiting for the next book or if you’re short on time. It’s not necessary to have read the first two books in the series but it probably would be helpful.

A lot of times I find these short novellas, short prequels, and “between books” to be gimmicky, but IMO The Benson is a must for fans of the EIT series. It’s short and good – not to mention reasonably priced at $0.99 and often available for free on Amazon and/or Smashwords. There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t pick this one up.

4/5 Stars

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