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Poltergeist (Greywalker #2)

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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 t
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Paperback, 338 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Roc
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Jeffrey
Sep 27, 2008 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans
At the start let me say that I liked this book. It has an interesting perspective on the whole supernatural urban fantasy slant as the main character is not a vampire, witch or shapeshifter, which are the common character tropes out there. Instead Harper Blaine, after a near death experience, is able to perceive the Gray, the sub layer filled with people's auras, ghosts and other oddities. Blaine, who is a PI, is hired by Professor Tuchman to investigate a parapsychology experiment in which vari ...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I’d like to start this review off by first saying that I’m not 100% sure whether it’s the narration or the story that’s making me consistently rate this series 3 stars, so you might want to take my thoughts with a grain of salt until I figure that one out. Anyway, I think that I enjoyed this installment slightly less than its predecessor on account of all the psycho babble & lengthy experiment explanations. I felt like I was back in college listening to a professor dr
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Ithlilian
Jan 11, 2011 Ithlilian rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Poltergeist started out interesting. A scientific experiment is being performed to see if people can create a poltergeist. Harper is hired by the person in charge of the experiment to show that the phenomenon is being faked. It's a little confusing, but the scientist is a little strange. Unlike Greywalker, the mystery comprises the entire book. While it was exciting at the beginning, it quickly became stale. Harper interviews the study participants over and over and comes up with unimportant det ...more
Carol.
Dec 11, 2010 Carol. rated it really liked it
Real rating 3.5 stars. Kat Richardson is hitting her stride as a writer, and I found I enjoyed this book more than her last book. Harper is a PI hired to find someone "undermining" a scientific experiment on creating a ghost. The psychologist hiring her doesn't know that Harper can actually see into the world of the paranormal. There's an interesting cast of side characters, from the college professor and witch who help her with her skills, to her mysterious friend Quinton to Phoebe, bookstore o ...more
Shera (Book Whispers)
Richardson really shows off her skills here! It was beyond entertaining seeing the theory and science behind making a poltergeist, and then watching where the real thing starts happening. Especially when it's a psychopath using a poltergeist to kill. What a unique and very disturbing idea. It's refreshing to see science and magic meet in such a realistic blend. Which was what I loved about Greywalker, and what I'm beginning to think is this series strong point. Don't get me wrong I love outrageo ...more
Petra Sýkorová
Kat Richardson do povědomí čtenářů vynesla její knižní série Šerochodec, v níž spojuje paranormální prvky, urban fantasy a detektivní žánr. Kat byla už od dětství vášnivým čtenářem. Začínala knihami a světy C. S. Lewise, Lloyda Alexandra, I. Asimova, A. C. Clarka, R. Heinleina, C. J. Cherryh nebo M. Lackey. Později jejímu srdci učaroval detektivní žánr. Vystudovala novinařinu, což jí dalo potřebný základ pro rozvoj coby spisovatelky.

Zajímavé ovšem je, že s prací začínala v herním průmyslu. Nejso
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Barbara ★
This is rather similar to the first book with Harper still learning to be a greywalker and walking/working in/with the Grey. She uses Mara (witch), Ben (para expert), Carlos (vampire) and Quinton (electronics wizard) for information. The major difference is that the case she's working involves a mean spirited poltergeist. A group of grad students are performing an experiment where they created a poltergeist and one of the group has been murdered. Harper is sorta working with the police to discov ...more
Wendy Holcombe
Nov 14, 2009 Wendy Holcombe rated it it was ok
This book was painful to read. It drug on and on. The story had a good premise but it could have been told in half the time. I felt like the same story was being told over and over every time she went to interview a different person, just when you thought you might be getting a good story from someone you were off to someone else. Too many characters without enough character development. The most intriguing characters were the bookstore owner and her family, but I feel like their role in this bo ...more
Sara
Apr 10, 2015 Sara rated it it was ok
Shelves: undecided
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Kathy Davie
Dec 05, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Second in the Greywalker urban fantasy series set in Seattle and revolving around a private investigator who can walk between worlds.


My Take
Whoa...the frauds aren't all that surprising especially with what's revealed about his past but the direction that Tuckman's experiment takes and its results are very unexpected.

I like what Richardson is doing with the series as a whole and this particular installment was pretty tense. My only objection is that Richardson hasn't worked her continuing char
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Thenia
Mar 14, 2014 Thenia rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, series, 2012
In this second book of the series, like the first one, we tag along Harper's investigation for a new weird case she's working on. The plot is realistic and basically a detective story in a paranormal world.

Harper keeps busy and has accepted her new reality, without actually venturing into it very much. She keeps avoiding learning more about the Grey until absolutely necessary and as she says herself at one point, she's being a bit too stubborn for a bit too long (or something along those lines)
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Melani
Aug 30, 2010 Melani rated it liked it
First I would like to say that I feel justified because there was an author’s note at the back of this one that said the first book in this series was in fact set in 2000, so my whole feeling that the book was a bit anachronistic was spot on. YAYS. The anachronistic feeling is still a bit present in the book, but it’s clear that Richardson was trying to get it up to a modern feel, which means the next book should be better.

As for the book itself. Eh. I don’t know. There are so many things about
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Jan
Apr 29, 2010 Jan rated it did not like it
I read the first book in this urban fantasy series a few years ago: it did not leave much of an impression. Recently, when someone abandoned books 2-4 in the staff canteen, I decided to give the series another go. (It was that or read Tom Clancy. Save me from that!)

This book, second in the Greywalker series, follows bland private investigator Harper Blaine. Harper is a new "greywalker" - one who can slip into the shadowy world/substance where the vampires, ghosts and ghoulies hide - and she use
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Karissa
Dec 29, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Greywalker series. Book 3 "Underground" and book 4 "Vanished" are already out. The fifth book "Labyrinth" is due out in August 2010. Right now there are six books contracted for this series. This book was a great addition to the series. I listened to this on audio book and the audio book was very well done.

Harper Blaine is starting to get better at this Greywalker thing. Then she gets a call from a psychologist who is running a study with a group of people who are
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Angie
Jul 18, 2008 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book actually creeped me out. In a genuinely nervous, peering into dark corners kind of way. I haven't run across a ghost story that did that in quite awhile, and last night after putting The Squirt to bed and curling up in my rocker to read, I found myself glancing repeatedly at my watch, wondering when DH would be home to keep me company. The cover doesn't help. Harper looks much more sinister (almost possessed) than she did on the cover of Greywalker. So kudos to Kat Richardson. Polter ...more
Rachel
Mar 11, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it
I thought this one was better than _Greywalker_ -- Richardson has the timing down better, and there's less of the awkwardness of trying to introduce the world and characters. And it was definitely scarier.

In this book, Harper is hired to figure out who is sabotaging a university project that is intended to create a poltergeist. The group of people involved in the project have apparently produced some recorded phenomena, but then their "poltergeist" goes berserk. The professor running the project
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Darrell
Aug 21, 2014 Darrell rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Really enjoy the series. Kat Richardson incorporates the history of Seattle into her stories. The vampires in this series seem to be much scarier than in most urban fantasy stories. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

In this story, Harper has to continue to develop her journey into the 'grey' while trying to pursue a poltergeist that has become strong enough to kill. As she pursues the mystery, she has to learn more about her ability and enlist the help of her friends and a few not
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Hope
Nov 20, 2009 Hope rated it it was ok
Not as good as the first in the series. Felt mired down in learning how poltergeist entities manifest and moving through "the grey". And I didn't find the characters all that interesting. And one thing I thought was missing in the book was the mention of Phoebe attending the funeral. You'd think that someone who was so distressed by a "family member" being murdered would be at the funeral and that Harper would see her and they would comfort each other or something. Don't remember any mention at ...more
Kimberly
Jul 17, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
This series is wonderful. I love the spunky protagonist PI. In this book she is asked to investigate a group of subjects in a control group at the university. An alleged poltergeist has occurred and the DR. fears some of the test subjects are cheating the results. A fantastic group of whodunit characters, a murder, likeable sidekicks and mystery..made this book a real page turner. There are 5 books in this series published thus far. (Greywalker series) If you like PI books with a paranormal twis ...more
Margaret
Sep 06, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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...

From Publishers Weekly

Richardson's clever ghost-busting follow-up to her solid urban fantasy debut (2006's Greywalker) finds psychic Seattle PI Harper

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Cheryl
This is the second book in the Greywalker series, and has our PI investigating a poltergeist at a local university. 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 is layered with slices of time, in which old buildings exist and ghosts act out parts of their previous lives. Most people cannot see the Grey, though some people can communicate wit ...more
Beth
Dec 28, 2014 Beth rated it it was ok
Shelves: unowned, detective
Slightly more interesting than book one, but the Harper character still disappoints. I just can't believe in Harper's unwillingness to learn more about the Grey--she is an investigator, for goodness sake, yet she displays very little curiosity about phenomena she is fated to live through. I also don't understand why this obviously assertive woman would meekly accept whatever conditions her client sets. And then there is the boyfriend that she cannot bring herself to confide in (she doesn't even ...more
Dahrose
Aug 10, 2014 Dahrose rated it it was ok
Shelves: really-disliked
Have just read books one and two in this series over the last few days. And have struggled with them from the get go, skimming not just sentences but whole pages. The books themselves are written well but two books in I still feel as if I don't know Harper Blaine at all. Except that she's kind of hard, petulant, inconsistent and stubborn. She says she'll have nothing to do with magic/the Grey - then jumps right in, taking on vampire & ghost clients. Says she's completely scared of vampires b ...more
Deborah Ideiosepius
This is one of the better supernatural, urban fantasy, thriller books I have read this year. It has a good, well thought out story arc with the main plot diverse enough to keep you intrigued and turning the pages: There is a university sociology group that is attempting to replicate the results of The Phillip project (1970's ?). In terms of subplot I was kept interested and intrigued by our leading lady, Harper Blain, trying to master her new abilities in the supernatural realm.

This book is an e
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Josh
Jan 10, 2009 Josh rated it it was ok
Picked it up because it's brainless reading. The best part though is I've learned a lot about my neighborhood (Seattle) from reading it.

I get the feeling the writer has picked a tall, hot, slim chick as her protagonist, but then transferred her own personality to the character, making for some unlikely character traits. The descriptions of the character paint her as being cool in every sense, but her actions are more of someone who is heavy and lonely
Deanne
Aug 07, 2013 Deanne rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Wish I could give this 3.5 stars. Harper seems to be getting to grips with the greywalker aspect of her life, and it's good to see that she has people about her who she can go to for advice.
The story is interesting and kept me entertained, plus Seattle is the only city I've been to in the US and the history fascinated me, every time Pioneer Square is mentioned makes me smile.
I find Quinton intriguing, he's hiding something but what?
Sarah Crawford
Jan 26, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
Harper Blaine is still learning a lot about the Grey, and how to deal with the things that dwell there.

She gets hired to check out an experiment that is run by a scientist who says the people he is working with can make a poltergeist by their own thoughts. He thinks someone is trying to mess up the experiment and so hires Harper.

Granted, the idea of making a poltergeist come into existence by the thoughts of a group of people seems a little far-fetched but, in this case, it works. Unfortunately
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Petula Darling
Too many parascientastic explanations made this a somewhat tedious read. It was a bit of a problem in the first book, but I assumed the author felt it had to be done to set up the grey world. Since it continued in the 2nd book to an even greater extreme, I'm now going to assume that's just the author's style. I'm probably not going to read any more of this series.
April
Dec 19, 2011 April rated it it was ok
I love reading serial books and learning more about the characters and the world they live. However, I just can't seem to really get into this series. There's not much action...I had to push myself to finish the book. At this point, I have no interest in reading book #3.
Jen S.
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first in the Greywalker series. It was definitely an Agatha Christie-like who-dunnit (which Richardson acknowledges in the book) but I didn't feel strongly compelled by the characters to find the final culprit.
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