By Kat Richardson

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Roc, c2006, 2009

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, paranormal, vampire, mystery, suspense, thriller

Series: Greywalker series; 1

ISBN: 9780451461322

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 352

Setting: Seattle, WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Harper Blaine is a small time private investigator who had an extremely nasty encounter with a man she was investigating.  He attacked her and she died – for two minutes.  Following her return to the living, things just haven’t been the same for Harper.  Even after most of the bruises have faded, she just doesn’t feel right.  Things get really foggy at times, she gets vertigo, and she keeps seeing strange things and encountering scary situations.  She has become a Greywalker – someone who can move into the Grey, a place where this world overlaps with another.  Luckily for Harper, she is put in contact with a couple who can help her deal with her situation, if she lets them.  Unfortunately, she still has to work and her jobs have taken a much darker turn.

Appeal factors:

Pacing: Non-stop action – this is a very fast paced book.

Characterization: Told in first person through Harper.  Lots of interesting characters are found in this story, including some which are quite creepy.  There’s also a ferret named Chaos.

Frame: The Grey is a transitional place where people go after they die and stay until they are ready to move beyond it.  For Harper it is dark, foggy, and smells of rot; it is a most unpleasant part of her life.

Story line: Part mystery, part thriller, and wholly paranormal; this is an original story about some of the complications which can come into a person’s life if he or she dies.

Subject headings:

From PCPL:

Blaine, Harper (Fictitious character) — Fiction.

Women private investigators — Washington (State) — Seattle — Fiction.

Vampires — Fiction.

Seattle (Wash.) — Fiction.

Fantasy fiction.

Suspense fiction.

Similar authors: Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, Faith Hunter, Caitlain Kittredge

Personal notes: I liked this book.  I didn’t love it, but I liked it.  I think the element which is preventing me from enjoying this story more is Harper’s character.  With everything that Harper goes through in this book and has to deal with, I don’t have much of a feel for her as a real person or character.  In fact, I don’t feel like I know much about Harper other than that she has a ferret, likes old things, and likes to puzzle things out.  I hope her character is developed further in future books.

Other (diversity, themes, websites): Diversity – female private investigator, ghosts, vampires, witch

Kat Richardson’s website

My Own Personal Grey – Kat Richardson’s blog

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