Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 368 pages
Publisher: Roc Hardcover
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 8th book in the Greywalker series
Source: Audiobook from Audible.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
This was the 8th book in the Greywalker series and I enjoyed it more than the last book. It was an interesting read and I enjoyed watching the mystery unravel. I also enjoyed how all of the loose ends came together in the end.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobooks for this series have always been really well done. The narrator is exactly how I picture Harper Blaine would sound. The narrator does an excellent job doing all the character voices and capturing character emotion. I really enjoy listening to this series on audiobook even more than reading it!
Harper Blaine is drawn into a disturbing case when a woman comes to her complaining that her sister has been possessed. The woman’s sister was in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) until one day the sister just sat up and started painting. The woman thinks her sister is possessed, but as Harper starts looking into the case she finds other PVS patients doing similar things and she realizes that this is part of a much bigger issue.
This was an excellent continuation of this ghostly investigative urban fantasy series. Richardson’s style is very unique and I could understand how it wouldn’t appeal to everyone but I really enjoy it. Richardson writes in a very detailed way, she describes the actions of her characters very precisely and gives very detailed descriptions. I enjoy it.
I also enjoy how Richardson kind of has a theme or area that she focuses on and does research on for each book. This book focuses on a few different things. The first is persistent vegetative states, the second is possession, and the third is some of the rather disturbing history of a certain serial killer from Seattle’s history.
Harper doesn’t really grow or change much as a character in this book. Her and Quentin are still having problems with Quentin’s father that ends up tying into the storyline in a big way. As a result their relationship does see some stress. They still make a great couple, but I wish at times that Quentin would trust Harper a bit more. These two still have some growing to do in their relationship.
Harper also doesn’t really gain any new powers as a Greywalker. She uses her ability to see and interact with the Grey quite a bit. She also uses her ability to travel through layers of time. All of this remains intriguing and is fun to read about.
The plot is cleverly done. I love how all of the different pieces that Harper is dealing with kind of all come together neatly in the end. There are a couple of unresolved story points mostly dealing with activities that Quentin’s dad is involved in.
Overall a very well done addition to this series. I enjoyed it alot. This was a very well done investigative urban fantasy. I still enjoy reading about Harper Blaine and her unique Greywalking skills. The plot is very well done and very intriguing. I continue to appreciate how Richardson does such thorough research on the historical aspects of her novels. Recommended to those who enjoy investigative urban fantasy.