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Vanished (Greywalker #4)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,199 Ratings  ·  232 Reviews

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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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
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
Kathy Davie
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Renae, Lady Disdain
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
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
J.A. Dalley
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cindy Koch-Krol
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slightly less interesting than the first three.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really liked this instalment was hooked throughout.
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Beth Dawkins
Feb 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well developed series, great mystery and action

To start the series may not be for everyone. Harper is a private investigator and the books show her investigation and you see her process in figuring things out . There is not a lot of humor. There is an overall story arc that continues to develop and keeps me interested in the series. I really enjoy watching the mystery unfold and how Harper figures it out. The world is well developed and gritty. These are smart mysteries with good action. This bo
Chris Fielding
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brittney Musick
Oct 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
**Review** Harper Blaine, the heroine of the series, is a private investigator living in Seattle and was killed whilst pursuing a case. She was dead for only two minutes and brought back by medical intervention. During her recovery, she discovers she is able to recognize witches and vampires see ghosts and is aware of other elements of the supernatural world. She discovers that her brief death has turned her into a Greywalker, a human able to move back and forth at will through the Grey, the rea ...more
Good Points: We finally get to learn more about Harper's background, which is much needed. Until recently she's been a pretty blank slate in terms of family and friends and personal history. I really enjoyed reading the first part, which is all about her discovering her past. The parts set in London were interesting in terms of setting.
Bad Points: No Quinton (tho he does get some cute phone call moments). The 'mystery' dragged for me a bit, I wasn't that involved in solving the case.

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
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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Aug 04, 2010 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
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
I have mixed feelings. The plot is fundamentally great, and the climax gets pretty exciting. However, the first half of the book (at least) could REALLY use a rewrite. The early dialogue sounds unnatural, and a lot of the earlier characterization is flat. Harper's mother is particularly unconvincing. (The Graces are kind of annoying, too). There's a bit too much description, the language needs a pare-down, and I caught one reference to an eyeless character's eyes darting around the room.

The boo
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. Former theater brat, singer, dancer, gemology and jewelry course-writer, liveaboard boater, and editor. Currently lives in the wilds of far-western Washington with her husband and dogs.
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Other Books in the Series

Greywalker (9 books)
  • Greywalker (Greywalker, #1)
  • Poltergeist (Greywalker, #2)
  • Underground (Greywalker, #3)
  • Labyrinth (Greywalker, #5)
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