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Release Date: August 7, 2007
Purchase Link: Amazon
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.
As Harper treads on the case, the Poltergeist named Celia, is becoming more and more real and malevolent. One of the case study members was murdered violently and Harper's instincts are telling her that Celia has a hand on his death. But who will believe that a ghost is responsible for someone's gruesome death?
Then the other group members are each being attacked or experiencing Celia manifestations. Not only that, she's one of Celia's target too. Now Harper has to sort out the mess and figure out how much of the Poltergeist is real and what was faked before someone else dies.
Poltergeist is better than Greywalker which affirms my belief on second chances. Let me veer off a bit. After the Fever Series by KMM, I learned the virtue of perseverence. Most of us can agree that Darkfever didn't really make us Fever-ish but it was enough to keep us going. In retrospect passing up on Bloodfever would have been a big mistake because not only did it bring Cimmaron and I closer but our blog wouldn't have been born; us falling inlove with David Gandy would be delayed and we would have missed the chance of having some sort of relationship with our fellow bloggers and our followers. Thank God for Fever and KMM!
So I'd like to believe that Kat Richardson's Greywalker Series would also be on top of my favorite kick ass heroine series next to Mercedes Thompson and MacKayla Lane. As far as book 2 is concerned, Kat is on the right path. Greywalker is more of a ghost series than vampires, faeries or werewolf and personally I can relate to that better. Let's admit it, the possibility of us having close encounters with a ghost is more likely than crossing paths with a Fallen Angel. So the creep and scare factor is there and persistent.
Since the story is from an investigator's POV we get a little education on effective illusion and all those technicalities that you hear being thrown in Ghost Hunters or other ghost tours? Yup Kat Richardson shared that background stuff with us too. And it's tight, all that EMF, telekinesis and the accompanying psycho babble was well researched and not some made up explanation to justify the story.
Harper Blaine is like my other favorite heroine, Mercy Thompson. She's driven, a strong female and doesn't take crap from anybody. The plot is not as complicated either. Compared to Greywalker, Poltergeist is focused and didn't have the other distractions of its predecessor. Here Harper is just tackling her investigation and mastering the Grey with the help of Ben and Mara Danziger.
The romance part is close to nonexistent. Quinton and Will are still sort of vying for Harper's attention but that arc in the story has yet to pick up. Now unless you're into that added flavor in your Urban Fantasy reads, you'll find that it's not of import here, Kat Richardson still has to make some time and space for Harper Blaine's lovelife to manifest. Harper will keep you riveted by her adventures but for the sake of a realistic grown up read, I do hope she picks Quinton, Will just sounds like a snob to me.