by Kat Richardson
Series: Greywalker, Book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc Trade, 2007
Synopsis: Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died – for two minutes. Now she’s a Greywalker – walking the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases.
In the days leading up to Halloween, Harper’s been hired by a university research group that is attempting to create an artificial poltergeist. The head researcher suspects someone is faking the phenomena, but Harper’s investigation reveals something else entirely – they’ve succeeded. And when one of the group’s members is killed in a brutal and inexplicable fashion, Harper must determine whether the killer is the ghost itself, or someone all too human.
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Voluntarily and adamantly childless, I’d always assumed that most parents were blissfully unaware of the horrors their little darlings could be. I would have to apologize to a few parents, though not my own–we’d burdened each other with enough mutual horror to call the deal even…
“Thirteen paralytic virgins and a partridge in a rutting pear tree! Who drank all the coffee already!”
What worked for me:
- I enjoyed the mystery. I like that Harper is a private detective and was before she became a Greywalker.
- The humor and irreverence.
- The setting–Seattle. I love Seattle and this book does a good job of recreating it for me. (Note: I don’t live in Seattle so I’m not as knowledgeable as a native…I just visit once or twice a year!)
- The first book was more about Harper trying to figure out what had happened to her and who she was. This book focuses more on the mystery, though Harper still doesn’t understand exactly what and who she is.
- Harper is standing apart from most of the other otherworldly characters.
What didn’t work:
- Professor Tuckman is such an unlikeable character and the people he has chosen to study and to try to create a poltergeist are mostly unlikeable, too. I don’t really care what happens to most of them.
- The main characters are still somewhat underdeveloped. I still don’t have a feel for exactly who the Danzigers are (they don’t seem to know as much as they think they do) or even exactly who Harper is. This may be deliberate since Harper is still trying to figure that out herself and she’s the narrator.
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I like this series a lot and am looking forward to reading more books in the series. Kat Richardson has created a unique character and unique world. There are scary characters and this isn’t a safe world Harper finds herself in. I like that…there’s a certain amount of uncertainty.
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Are you reading this series? How do you like it?