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...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Roc Trade
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Jeffrey
Sep 27, 2008 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars 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
Callista
Maybe it was a mistake to read this right after a couple of books that were really intense. This one seemed slow until a little over halfway through. I know the main character, Harper Blaine, is still learning how to use her abilities; but throughout the book, there were too many places in which other people were telling her what to do. The writer--and by extension, Harper--seems somewhat too methodical, as well.
Harper is a good character, though--she's a decent, earnest person. But I was surpri...more
Ithlilian
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
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...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
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
Sara
My Take:
This is the second book in the series, and you can tell that the author is more comfortable with her story line and her characters. However, it is still pretty under-developed. As Harper has developed
her skills in the Grey, it’s a big leap to how she got there – there isn’t any back story on how she got the skills, or what she had gone through to learn about them. I actually thought this was the third or
fourth book in the series because of this jump – it has references that link parts...more
Kathy Davie
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...more
Thenia
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)...more
Melani
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...more
Jan
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...more
Karissa
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...more
Angie
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
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...more
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
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
Darrell
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...more
Hope
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
Kimba (Caffeinated Book Reviewer)
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
Josh
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
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?
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
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.
Gretchen
I liked this second one better. Better, more coherent mystery. I liked her pull from historical stories. I'll buy her next book to see where she goes. Her vampires are wicked nasty instead of sexy scary and I like that.
Gail
FERRETS! Yes, portrayed well and she directs people to a shelter in the first novel
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
Chichipio
Definitely better than the first one. Harper is becoming a lot less whiny and manages not to vomit in the whole book! Seriously, this may seem trivial, but having a book's main character filling every other sentence with a version of "why me? I don't want this. I don't accept it. Make it go away!" or "I tried to control my urge to vomit" is really annoying.

The approach to the case seemed a little goofy at first. She was sure the thing was real, even if she didn't know what the thing was. She was...more
Kirsten
I liked this book a lot more than Greywalker. Greywalker wasn't bad, but I don't think it flowed as well as this one since it needed to introduce the characters & environment. One thing that bothers me with a series is when the author re-explains the characters in each book. It's one thing to mention a few things since months or a year may have passed after reading the previous book, but several authors go into too much detail. Poltergeist didn't do that. There are a few mentions, but they'r...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
I hate when book 2 in a series doesn’t live up to the first one. In this case, I really liked the first book, and ended up DNF-ing this second one. I felt that there wasn’t enough story to this book. I got bored waiting for things to happen.

While the first book had supernatural creatures and action, this one had only one ghost (maybe), and was more lecture about faking the phenomena than anything else. I didn’t feel like there was any danger to the story at all and ended up not caring if the gho...more
Julie H.
This series just keeps getting better and better! Without spoiling anything, the premise of the story is that a psychology team at Pacfic Northwest University (PNU) is trying to replicate a famous experiment, known as the Philip Experiment, from the 1970s in which the participants created an artificial poltergeist under laboratory conditions. P.I. Harper Blaine is called in by the professor directing the project who is concerned that someone is trying to sabotage the experiment. Blaine uses her...more
Rob
A university professor, who does not believe in the supernatural, and his group of students are conducting research on how to use the human mind to imitate the powers of a poltergeist. They invented a poltergeist from scratch, gave her the name Celia and started conducting experiments. But the professor was cheating, he had an assistant in the group who is fixing the result without the knowledge of the other members. Then the results exceeded his expectations. Is somebody setting him up for a sc...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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