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Vanished (Greywalker #4)

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The toughest case yet for Greywalker and P.I. Harper Blaine, "a great heroine" ("New York Times" bestselling author Charlaine Harris), has arrived.
Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until she died-for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker-walking the line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she's discovering that her new abilities are lan
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Roc Hardcover
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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
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Kathy Davie
Apr 22, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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 w
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Carol.
Apr 07, 2014 Carol. rated it liked it
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~
Oct 13, 2009 Sarah ~Sehrenity~ rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2009
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
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Renae
In this fourth installment of the Greywalker series, the stakes have risen incredibly high, and things have gotten very personal for Harper Blaine, paranormal investigator extraordinaire. Kat Richardson’s Vanished is another excellent addition to this urban fantasy saga.

The book opens with Harper journeying to Los Angeles to learn more about her past. She finds out that her father’s dead wasn’t accidental—it was a suicide that probably had a paranormal tinge to it. Then her vampire acquaintance
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Meep
Oct 24, 2012 Meep rated it did not like it
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
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Lesley
Oct 09, 2014 Lesley rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Sep 20, 2010 Sheila rated it really liked it
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
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J.A. Dalley
Oct 19, 2012 J.A. Dalley rated it it was amazing
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
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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. 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 ...more
Dahrose
Aug 24, 2014 Dahrose rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, really-disliked
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
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Sarah
Jul 16, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
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
Feb 27, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
May 21, 2014 Ed Nemo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
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Cynthia Wood
Feb 09, 2015 Cynthia Wood rated it really liked it
The Greywalker series seems to have really hit its stride after a slowish start, and I'm now happily tearing through it at speed. Not too much can be said about this without giving away spoilers, but Harper does a lot of traveling, and the Kat Richardson's sense of place is very nice - you get a real feel for the difference in these places, both in geography, and in how Harper feels about and responds to them. This is very much a duo book with number 5 (Labyrinth), and the two ought to be read i ...more
Chris Fielding
Mar 17, 2016 Chris Fielding rated it it was amazing
Shelves: greywalker
As a general rule, I do not buy hardcovers. There are a number of reasons for this, but the bulkiness of the book and the cost are the two major ones. I love the soft cover books, and will admit that I tend to gravitate toward them on the New Releases shelves at my bookstore. That was how I found Kat Richardson’s first Harper Blaine novel, Greywalker. I truly loved the characters, the writing, and the ideas of the series, so when I found the fourth book, Vanished, in hard cover rather than soft ...more
Kathrin
This series has its ups and downs and while I generally enjoy it I almost always wish that the story would take another direction.
It was the same with this book - great beginning and a fast-paced story until the last third of the book when everything got kind of slow and maybe a little confusing.

I wasn't a big fan of the first book in the series as it gave too few information for me about the whole Greywalker-issue. This book finally offered more explanations but fell short when it come to the
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Larissa
Sep 28, 2010 Larissa rated it liked it
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
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Aivel
Aug 20, 2012 Aivel rated it it was ok
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
Apr 19, 2010 Chrissy Wissler rated it it was amazing
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
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Beth Dawkins
Feb 17, 2011 Beth Dawkins rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
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
Sep 13, 2009 Marc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Julie H.
Jan 31, 2010 Julie H. rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 19, 2009 Rob rated it really liked it
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
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Brittney Musick
Aug 15, 2013 Brittney Musick rated it really liked it
Recommended to Brittney by: Mel
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
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Bill
Mar 18, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Nan Silvernail
Aug 24, 2011 Nan Silvernail rated it liked it
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
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Colleen
Feb 01, 2010 Colleen rated it it was amazing
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
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Julia
Aug 04, 2010 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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