Review: Poltergeist (Greywalker #2) by Kat Richardson

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Roc (August 7th 2007)
How I got this book: Bought
Links: Amazon Goodreads

Blurb from Goodreads:

Harper Blaine is a Greywalker-walking the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. She’s been hired by a university research group that’s attempting to create an artificial poltergeist. But when one of the group’s members is found killed, Harper must determine whether the killer is the ghost itself, or someone all too human…

My rating: 4/5 Stars – A good read. I really enjoyed it.


Poltergeist is a good second installment in the Greywalker series.  The world of the Grey is interesting and unique, yet it has a classic, dark, ghost story feel.  The mystery is more complex than the typical urban fantasy, with a complex mixture of clues, motivations, and obstacles that Harper has to deal with.  In fact, the plot is more like a crime novel with a strong paranormal flare.  (Which reminds me, thank you for the reference to one of my favorite fictional detectives, Ms. Richardson.  It made me smile.)

My only critique is that I guessed the culprit halfway through the book.  Harper gains a piece of info about one of the suspects that screams “Psycho!” but she completely misses that vibe.  Still, it was an entertaining read.  The premise of Poltergeist is so fascinating that I felt compelled to find out more about the Philip experiments, the real life research into paranormal phenomena on which the story is based.  In addition, I love the atmospheric Seattle setting and the little nuggets of history embedded in the story.  The scenes with Carlos were also compelling; he’s one of those characters that falls into the grey area – please excuse the pun – between good and evil, and that ambiguity is what makes him the story’s most interesting character.

Overall, Poltergeist was a solid second book, and I’m greatly looking forward to reading the next Greywalker mystery.


Reading Order:
Greywalker – read my review on Goodreads
Dounpour (coming August 4th 2011)

Also reviewed at:
Dirty Sexy Books – 3/5


About Lesley

I love big dogs, ravioli, and all things nerdy. Books are my crack.
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