Vanished: Greywalker Series, Book 4
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Vanished: Greywalker Series, Book 4 (Greywalker #4)

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Kat Richardson's enormously popular Greywalker paranormal investigations series is now a fixture on the "New York Times" best-seller list. In her fourth adventure, Seattle PI Harper Blaine delves into her own past and makes some shocking discoveries. It seems that before her father committed suicide, he had witnessed some bizarre supernatural events. With barely any time t

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Published September 28th 2010 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published August 4th 2009)
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Irena
This might contain a spoiler regarding Harper Blaine's relationships, but since this is the fourth book in this series, I won't bother marking it. The spoiler is in the last paragraph, but it isn't a spoiler for those who have read the first three books.

Something weird is happening in Seattle. Something weirder than usual and Greywalker Harper Blaine is having nightmares where Will Novak is tortured. After she wakes up, she gets a call from her ex who happens to be dead, to come 'home' and find...more
Kathy Davie
Fourth in the Greywalker urban fantasy series revolving around a private detective able to walk in a fold of space than sits between the normal and the paranormal. Harper is based in Seattle but most of this story takes place in London. It's also Part 1 of a sinister plot.


My Take
Oh man, the tension Richardson created!! It was a bit slow to start but once it did. I could not race fast enough to keep up!

I've always fantasized about going back in time and then doing a fast-forward through time to...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
I felt like Vanished was weaker than the previous novel. It almost could have made two books in one, as the first 100 pages or so is very much concerned with her past and her relationships to each of her parents. It also delves into the mystery of why she is a Greywalker, but comes up with more questions than answers. Just when I thought I was understanding the world of the grey, Richardson confused me again. She has a ghost riding an airplane, which feels wrong to me. On the land, ghosts are t...more
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
This is by far the weakest entry into the Greywalker world. I've loved the past novels! Instead of the entertaining and clever interaction between Harper and the Grey that we've gotten in the past, we get a plot thinner than the Grey itself.

There's lots of Harper talking, Harper whining, Harper being confused, Harper walking, Harper traveling, Harper being snarky, but not much of Harper being the clever detective she's been in the past. Nothing is resolved either. The end is left wide open, with...more
Meep
Oct 24, 2012 Meep rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wouldn't
Shelves: dnf
This book sounds the death knell to the series for me.
I bought it out of a vague curiosity about the puzzle ball mentioned in the the previous book and becasuse the setting is England - I'm British, I wondered how it'd be handled.

While the previous books had an interesting plot but failed (for me) to present the characters, this book lacks motivation.

We see a little personality from Harper at last; unfortunately she comes across as obnoxious. Feet on the table at her mothers - this is a thirty-p...more
Lesley
Vanished is the Greywalker book I’ve been waiting for - the one that finally answers questions and starts putting the pieces together. It’s darker than the previous installments as Harper tackles her past, revelations about her father, and the sinister plot she’s been unknowingly caught up in since the beginning. Good people get hurt, and Harper doesn’t always know who she can trust. Even though it’s grim, I really enjoyed the story, especially getting to meet another Greywalker. Not everything...more
Sheila
Kat Richardson’s Greywalker series sets off on a roller-coaster ride of mysteries to be solved with this book. Harper Blaine learns more than she might wish about her father, and finds herself desperate to find out what she’s missed. Ex-boyfriend Will learns more than he wants about Harper’s world. Present boyfriend Quinton is trying to learn. Ferret Chaos has curious skills. And London proves even more haunted than Seattle.

The author, having introduced the grey planes of history (and ghosts) in...more
J.A. Dalley
Want to know why Harper is a Greywalker?

The title is a bit misleading … if I were to pick a similar title name I would call it Revealed or Unearthed. The fourth book in the Greywalker series reveals many things about Harper’s past and many things about why and how she become a Greywalker. Also some interesting plot lines brought up in the first book and practically dropped for the next two are finally brought up again and more is revealed.

Also I’ve found that the grey is becoming normal, as norm...more
Dahrose
Put a fork in me - when it comes to this series - I am done. I have slogged through the first three books but have finally hit the wall, got about 50% of the way through this one and just ... no more. Don't care if I have book 5 waiting for me. This series is sucking the life out of me and I just want it to end.
Bland heroine, who is really... and I mean REALLY hard to give a damn about. Storylines that just make no sense, jump from one place to another, whole chapters of jibber-jabber that alway...more
Sarah
I really liked getting a closer look at Harper's history and past, and getting to understand a *little* bit more about why she's a Greywalker and how that all works. However, I wasn't such a huge fan of how this book ended. I didn't feel like the loose ends were wrapped up very well--she came to a head with Alice, but the whole Wygan situation was left unresolved and unclear, and I'm still not sure why the Greywalking passed from her dad to her. And what is her mother's role in everything? Also,...more
Jessica
Not bad. But the absence of Quinton makes me realize he's why I read this series. And I missed the Danzigers, too. Plus it looks like creepy Will is back, and seems poised to be even creepier in the future :P
Ed Nemo
I loved the level of action in this book.

Harper has to give up her trusty HK and fly out to jolly old England to look into some issues for the head Seattle vamp. Violence and weirdness ensues.

Kat Richardson's writing is very fluid with no slowdowns. And a little something I appreciate, the character actually rests. The reader gets a chapter break to make a sandwich or do whatever, and the action picks right back up in the next chapter.

This has become one of my favorite series. Looking forward...more
Larissa
Series Review! No Spoilers!
Series Rating: 3.5 Stars!
{Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life"

I can’t remember how or when I found out about the Greywalker Series, I do remember it was on one of my many and constant hunts for new Urban Fantasy series.

Harper Blaine is a P.I. and one day, during an investigation, she gets attacked by a man and dies, for exactly two minutes. That is when everything changes for Harper and finds out that there is much more to the world than...more
Aivel
First of all I'll start by stating that this is my first greywalker novel, so the fact that I gave it just an ok rating might stem from the fact that I started in the middle of the series. That plot seem interesting and I could tell that with this book the series will start to get interesting. My one problem with the book is that it did not pull me into its universe, I love books wherein while you are reading it you feel for the characters as if they are your friends and you are going on the adv...more
Chrissy Wissler
For private investigator Harper Blaine, she's been the go-to girl for all cases regarding the supernatural - zombies, ghosts, vampires, mystical Native American gods. Now, however, her own past and dark truths hidden by father's early death are coming to the forefront.

Tracking down her father's ghost brings more questions than answers. When she visits the place of his death, hoping to speak with him and find out what happened, she instead finds a void where his ghost should be. Harper's search...more
Beth Dawkins
Harper P.I. and Greywalker gets contacted by a ghost that hints there is something she does not know about the past. Harper goes to LA to speak to her mother and figure out what she doesn’t know. She finds out some strange information about her dead father, and about herself. Her trip is cut short by head vamp of Seattle, Edward, who calls her back for a job. The job takes her to England where she unravels a mystery and helps her ex, Will, get out of trouble. She is helped by Will’s brother, Mic...more
Marc
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Julie H.
If I'd been less tired, I would have stayed awake to finish it in a single reading because that's just how compelling this book was. Instead, it took the cat and I two sittings. The somewhat enigmatically titled Vanished could refer to so many things: the disappearance of Harper's father years ago, the inaccessibility of his shade in the here and now, the disappearance of Edward, the disappearance of his London-based agent John Purcell, or heck--the disappearance of normalcy that entered Harper'...more
Rob
Latest adventure of the lady Greywalker, Harper Blaine. Disturbed by re-curring nightmares, Harper, returns to her hometown of LA/Glendale, to try to unravel the meaning behind those dreams. She finds out that her father committed suicide after ranting about nightmare creatures: her mother thought he was becoming delusional. After being reminded of another near-death experience, she was able to recall almost drowning in a swimming accident that killed a female cousin.
Upon returning to Seattle, s...more
Brittney Musick
I wish that Goodreads would change their rating system because I would like to give this book a 3.5. I enjoyed this book more than Greywalker and Poltergeist, but not quite as much as Underground.

I've had some issues really connecting with Harper's character in the past, but I did feel like I understood Harper better in this one. Several pieces of her past fell into place that made her personality make a little more sense.

The book starts with Harper having nightmares about her ex-boyfriend, Wi...more
Bill
In the fourth book of her Greywalker series, Kat Richardson starts putting things together for paranormal PI Harper Blaine. Well written and dark, Vanished moves the larger story along nicely and provides some explanation of Harper's origins. Richardson is so stingy with plot points that it is sometimes difficult to follow what her protagonist is doing and why, making all of these novels quite suspenseful but occasionally frustrating. The climactic graveyard battle at the conclusion of this one...more
Carly
**edited 01/18/14

Possibly due invalid expectations, I found this book to be a disappointing read. When I started the Greywalker series, I thought the books had some failings, but also quite a few brilliant moments, and I was enraptured by the notion of a female protagonist of an urban fantasy who acted like a human being rather than a heroine of a romance. In Poltergeist, my favorite of the series, the plot takes on more of the character of a whodunit than hardboiled detective, which I think fit...more
Nan Silvernail
The plot thickens - a lot for Harper Blaine, Greywalker. She's sent to find a missing ... person? or two in London, England. She runs into some very odd creatures on the way and we get a glimpse of a much bigger plot she is involved in that in previous books. It's big enough to span from ancient Egypt to Seattle and even involves a Goddess!

One very interesting twist is that she also finds someone very like her on this journey. She learns a lot about her past and maybe what someone plans for her...more
Colleen
Another winner in the Greywalker series from Kat Richardson. The stakes are higher, the action non-stop, and the story nicely resolves some brewing questions, while leaving no doubt that the upcoming fifth novel Labyrinth is going to be a doosy.

Speaking of Labyrinth ... really? I have to wait until August!? Following Richardson on twitter isn't helping with all of the hints -- really teases -- she drops. I'm feeling almost as tortured as Harper.

Richardson did a fantastic job of bringing her char...more
Julia
Harper Blaine has thought she is a Greywalker – one who can see ghosts, vampires and other dead things and cross into the land of the dead because she died for a few minutes two years ago. What she finds out in this book is that she is part of a long game, and so was her father. In this novel she leaves Seattle (as she did in the terrific novella in this series Mean Streets), first for Los Angeles where she was raised for nearly 100 pages and then for the rest of the novel London. Because she’s...more
Robin
One of the few drawbacks of listening to this series in audio-book form, with Mia Barron reading for SciFi Audio, is that I don't know how to spell the name of one of the creatures introduced in it. Not knowing how to spell it also hampers my attempts to learn more about it on the internet. In the fourth Greywalker novel, featuring a tough female private detective with paranormal powers, Harper Blaine plunges deeper into the undead subculture and encounters varieties of vampire that I don't know...more
Cheryl
This is the fourth book in the Greywalker series, and in it Harper is visited by the ghost of an ex-boyfriend, who warns her that nothing is as it seems. Harper goes back to her family home to learn more about her past, then travels to England as part of a case involving vampires.[return][return]The Greywalker series is based on the interesting premise that there is a world parallel to ours; this world is called the Grey, and it is populated by ghosts and other supernatural creatures. The Grey i...more
Nan
I just read the third book in this series, so it was fresh in my mind as I moved into book four.

I wasn't quite certain what to make of the third book; it was good, but it reminded me a little too much of the Frankenstein novel in the Books of Blood series by Tanya Huff. (Thankfully, Richardson's novel was much better.)

The cover copy for this book made it sound fantastic, and it lived up to the promise. In the first book of the series, Harper tries to merely survive as a Greywalker, as well as l...more
Michelle
I read this previously, I know I did. The problem was, I didn't remember reading it! That never happens to me. So I'm at a loss. Oh well, it just allowed me another opportunity to read a really good book-and I think, the best so far in the series. As I started reading, I realized I had indeed read it, but I don't think I ever finished it...

It starts out simple enough. Harper needs to head to her childhood home to speak with the ghost of a boyfriend, and her mother, regarding her fathers death an...more
Karissa
This is the 4th book in the Greywalker series. The 5th book Labyrinth was just released; last I heard there are 6 books planned for this series. This book was a great addition to the series and it tied together a lot of the occasional random things that happened in the previous books. I listened to this on audio book; which was okay. The lady reading the audio book has a little trouble distinguishing male voice, but other than that it was well done.

Harper is having nightmares and receiving ghost...more
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Author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. Lives on a boat in Seattle with her husband and the ghosts of ferrets.
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