“In this sequel to Greywalker, Seattle-based private detective Harper Blaine takes further steps toward understanding her strange new ability to see, and move around in, the world of ghosts, vampires, and necromancers. Months after her cases start to get weird—thanks to a near-death-experience...”see full review » see other reviews »
“In this sequel to Greywalker, Seattle-based private detective Harper Blaine takes further steps toward understanding her strange new ability to see, and move around in, the world of ghosts, vampires, and necromancers. Months after her cases start to get weird—thanks to a near-death-experience that gave her this unwanted talent—Harper gets called in to catch whoever is faking results in a college psychology experiment. The paranormal catch is that the experiment uses a group of volunteers to create a Poltergeist.
Nothing quite as flamboyant as Peeves, this byproduct of "psychokinesis by committee" shouldn't be doing much more than making a table shake and causing the lights to flicker—nothing that couldn't be faked, either on purpose or by accident. In this case, however, the apparent faker is putting out way too much power for the study's combination of psychobabble and high-tech fakery to explain. This means either someone is sabotaging the study, or something really weird is going on.
The research has to do with exploiting the tensions within a group of people, and giving them permission to do things as a group that they would never dream of doing on their own. Study protocols require the research team to be in control of what is fake and what is real. As knocks and rattles escalate to rampaging furniture and projectile jewelry, people start to get hurt. Harper suspects something really "Grey" may be happening, but she will have a hard time proving that to her client. She'd better hustle, though. Because no sooner does she take the case, than the entity created by the experiment kills one of the participants. So much for group-think phenomena!
Could the experiment have conjured up something really powerful? Obviously yes! The bigger question is whether the nature of the experiment, and the way it was run, might have turned loose a real, flesh-and-blood psychopath. As the answer to that question leans increasingly toward another Yes, Harper's problem becomes figuring out who the killer is and how to stop them, while keeping clear of a homicide detective who will never believe the truth. With the deadly entity drawing power from Harper herself (among others), and the group dynamics of the test subjects heating up like a pressure cooker, and her own client trying to frame her and her technical consultant for theft, Harper has no choice but to accept more of the paranormal gift that she never wanted. She will need the help of a witch and her parapsychologist husband, the advice of three pre-teen ghost whisperers, the expertise of the second-scariest vampire in the Pacific Northwest (hint: he doesn't sparkle in sunlight), and some new ghost-busting kung-fu moves to stop a rage-fueled thought-entity before it becomes a serial killer.
This is the second of (so far) eight books in the ongoing Greywalker series. It combines a touch of romance, a streak of warm family comedy (featuring a rambunctious toddler who thinks he is a rhinoceros), a tightly paced detective story cooked over-medium (if not hard-boiled), a glimpse into the dog-eat-poltergeist world of academic research, and a sometimes affectionate, sometimes heebie-jeebie-giving tribute to the city of Seattle, all in one thrilling tale of wicked weirdness. You won't blame Harper Blaine for being leery of getting more involved in the Grey, when you see some of the places it leads her to, the trouble it gets her into, and the company it forces her to keep. For example, Carlos the vampire has been on her side in both adventures so far, but he's still scarier than this book's bad guy and his pet poltergeist. It's enough to make me want to keep reading, just to see this nice young lady safely through the darkness. Beyond doubt, there will be plenty of darkness. After all, the next book on deck is titled Underground. ”
“Found the sequel much more enjoyable and easier to follow than the series starter book: Greywalker. In this Harper has a better grip on her "greywalking" abilities and is able to use them to help her solve her current case.
Definitely glad I gave this series a second chance and went ob to read its sequel! This was a exciting page turning with lots of cool facts regarding trickery used by past mediums (wish someone'd expose TLC's Long Island one!) A lot of research went into this and it shows in the best of ways.”
“Harper Blaine is a Greywalker, she can move in and out of the afterlife at will. As a private investigator, Harper takes on cases that defy normal explanations and this case goes beyond even that. Asked to find a saboteur for a professors experiement, Harper is amazed to discover a group of people who have created an artificial poltergeist.”Ms. McKellips wrote this review Monday, April 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Harper is hired by a local psychology professor to investigate the unexpected happenings in an experiment he's running on psychokinesis, involving a group of participants' ability to "create" their own poltergeist. Little does the skeptical Professor Gantner know how qualified this particular PI is for the job. The further she investigates, however, the more convinced Harper is that the group of misfits has, in fact, created a real ghost. And, when Dr. Gantner's assistant Mark is suddenly murdered in a decidedly unusual fashion, Harper immediately sets out on the trail of the ghost and the individual controlling it. From the spooky, beginning build-up to the interesting middle, it was pretty good. Towards the end the story started moving haphazardly and became predictable. I still look forward to reading more of this series.”Carol wrote this review Saturday, April 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Main character has grown with this second book. Attempts to solve a murder that was possibly committed by a ghost.”Karen K (K2) wrote this review Monday, March 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In Poltergeist, my new badass heroine, Harper Blaine was hired by a University Professor, Dr. Tuckman, to investigate the members of his case study pertaining to an artificial Poltergeist. Dr. Tuckman feels that someone is screwing up the study that will obviously skew his results.
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.
“The 2nd book in the Greywalker series. It's been a couple of months since the events in the previous book that led Harper Blaine to become a Greywalker. She's become more comfortable with the Grey in that time but when she's recommended by Ben to help with a poltergeist experiment that seems to have gone wrong she's about to get a crash course about all she still doesn't know. She's hired to find the person faking the phenomenon of a collegiate research project about what a group collective can achieve but it's quickly obvious to her, although the professor won't hear of it, that they've managed to create a true spirit that is under the control of one of them and the person controlling the spirit is neither kind nor forgiving.
Lots of running around for Harper again as she tries to figure out who exactly is controlling the "ghost" which has now been used as a murder weapon. She continues to call upon Ben and Mara who are dealing with their own problems as their son, Brian, has reached that lovely toddler stage and turned himself into "Rhino-Boy" with a penchant for headbutting and causing immense amount of chaos around him. She also has to deal with Carlos again but that maybe something she ends up regretting in the future.
I really enjoy these books. Urban fantasy but not the same old werewolves and vampires that are so prevalent in much of the genre these days. The writing is incredibly descriptive which slows me down reading it to make sure I catch it all but even after a few pages I swear I've read way more than that because so much has happened. ”
“worth fullprice paperback”Leslie wrote this review Tuesday, April 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's a nice sequel to the first book. Still not a huge fan of her writing style but I like it enough for the 4 stars. I enjoyed the first book more because it contained more than one mystery like this book did. Still an enjoyable series and I intend to continue reading it. ”Scatty wrote this review Monday, November 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No