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 CasesIn The Days Leading Up To Halloween, Harper S Been Hired By A University Research Group That Is Attempting To Create An Artificial Poltergeist The Head Researcher Suspects Someone Is Faking The Phenomena, But Harper S Investigation Reveals Something Else Entirely They Ve Succeeded And When One Of The Group S Members Is Killed In A Brutal And Inexplicable Fashion, Harper Must Determine Whether The Killer Is The Ghost Itself, Or Someone All Too Human 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 details There is little mention of the characters from the first book, and the grey is still barely present We do get someconvoluted explanations from Ben and Mara about the grey, but it wasn t enough There are no vampires here, no explanation of the spell put on Harper from the first novel, one conversation with Will, and little progress with the grey If the mystery was entertaining and exciting enough those things wouldn t have mattered so much, but Harper interviewing study participants to find who they disliked was elementary and snooze worthy I m disappointed because I enjoyed Greywalker very much I will not be continuing in this series. Reviewed by Rabid ReadsI 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 drone on about a subject I couldn t have cared less about Kat Richardson s approach to the paranormal seems to be largely academic in nature, and I m not convinced that that writing style is well suited for the Urban Fantasy genre.One of the aspects that I enjoyed the most about GREYWALKER was Ben and Mara s supe 101 sessions with Harper, yet they seem to have almost completely vanished in this installment I m not sure how much time has elapsed between novels I may have missed it in the earlier chapters but it can t bethan a couple of months, and I found that Blaine s grasp of her newfound abilities was far too advanced for book 2 She s also suddenly full out dating Will, and in a long distance relationship no less, after only a few weeks Again, I m not clear on the time frame, but it just felt off to me I had to double check to make sure that POLTERGEIST was indeed the second installment in this series.I enjoyed the whodunit murder mystery even though I did find that it was a little too predictable because the suspect pool was restricted to the experiment participants I also liked learning some of the tricks on the trade when Richardson explores how certain illusions are created it s clear that a lot of research went into this novel Quinton is probably one of my favourite characters to date, and I was satisfied with the role he played in this story as well as Phoebe Mason s She s a new addition, and I look forward to reconnecting with her in future installments Will on the other hand I honestly don t see his appeal, and hope that Harper dumps his ass ASAP.The narration was somewhat improved when compared to the previous audiobook I thought that Mia Barron s Jamaican accent was well done, and her baby voice wasn t half bad either, although too much of it would have definitely given me a headache But to be fair, any 2 year old talking in my ear nonstop would, so that means that her performance was authentic Barron s portrayal of the vampire characters was still too over the top for my tastes, especially where Carlos was concerned he came across asCount Dracula than evil undead master.In short, my struggles with this series continue, and if something doesn t start to click soon, I may be calling it quits POLTERGEIST feltlike a crime novel with paranormal elements mixed in than it did an Urban Fantasy which might be the crux of my problems with Harper Blaine. I like this series well enough, but I think I drag my feet about reading it because I am bored with the denial trope In this instance it s the denial to acceptance trope of accepting powers.I love that the ferret s name is Chaos, though It s a perfect name for a ferret. Kat Richardson do pov dom ten vynesla jej kni n s rie erochodec, v n spojuje paranorm ln prvky, urban fantasy a detektivn nr Kat byla u od d tstv v niv m ten em Za nala knihami a sv ty C S Lewise, Lloyda Alexandra, I Asimova, A C Clarka, R Heinleina, C J Cherryh nebo M Lackey Pozd ji jej mu srdci u aroval detektivn nr Vystudovala novina inu, co j dalo pot ebn z klad pro rozvoj coby spisovatelky.Zaj mav ov em je, e s prac za nala v hern m pr myslu Nejsou j tak ciz takov v ci jako je RPG Role Playing Game Hra na hrdiny , ale tak filmov sc naristika, i samotn spolupr ce p i tvorb her Ne se vrhla na psan , z skala titul ve zp vu, pracovala pro r dio a tak hr la v divadle Miluje fretky a ije v Seattlu, kde bydl i s rodinou na lodi.Harper m nov p pad Vypad to, e v zkumn skupina, kter m za c l napodobit Filip v efekt, jej napodobuje tak bravurn , e se jim pomalu za n vymykat z rukou Respektive v ra v n co nadp irozen ho, v poltergeista stvo en ho jen jejich spole nou mysl , nejsp vytvo ila n co, co je za n pron sledovat.Jen e kdy je jeden z len skupiny, kter byl do skupiny nastr en, aby n kter m paranorm ln m kaz m napomohl, nalezen mrtv ve sv m bytu, u nejde jen o v zkum Poltergeist se st v iv m a m e napadnout kter hokoliv z nich esk p eklad byl o pozn n lep ne v prvn m d le V ty nebyly t kop dn , nedoch zelo k nesrozumiteln mu v znamu slov i jin m krkolomnostem Sice jsem se tu a tam zastavila u n jak p esmy ky nebo mal chybi ky, ale jinak byl kr sn zachov n sp d d je.Nem u si pomoct, ale Harper mi opravdu p ipad jako ledov kr lovna Ono je trefn , e ji tak n kdo v knize dokonce ozna A j nem u nic jin ho ne souhlasit N kdy mi od Harper chyb jak koliv projev cit Sice tu jsou n znaky, e pln marn a bez emoc nen , ale i p esto mi p ijde po v t inu asu a p li chladn a zam en jen na pr ci T ko ct, jestli ji takto zm nila ona nehoda, d ky n se dost v do era, nebo u takov b vala d ve.Ostatn postavy tohoto d lu se vz jemn s p b hem v born dopl uj Nikdy tak pln nem ete v d t, co v s ek V ichni hraj svou hru a trumfy i kostlivce ve k ni odhaluj a postupn Na m j vkus tam bylo m lo Quintona Tak n jak tajn douf m, e by se mezi n m a Harper mohlo d t i n co jin ho ne jen ist pracovn vztah Mysl m, e by to p b h celkov o ivilo.Poltergeist je rozhodn daleko lep ne p edchoz d l Co se t e samotn mu p b hu i p ekladu Na knize bylo poznat, e autorka hodn zkoumala problematiku poltergeist a pokus Jej nashrom d n poznatky tak navodily dosti re lnou atmosf ru, kter by i bez zm nek o eru fungovala pom rn dob e.Osobn velice p jemn p ekvapen V born detektivka s p m s paranorm lna koda jen, e se autorka v nuje hlavn rozuzlen p b hu Sice n kdy nakousne n co z Harpe ina osobn ho ivota, uk e i jinou jej str nku, p esto se n jak romance zase tak nedo k me To ale neznamen , e v budoucnu nebude Uvid me, nech me se p ekvapit Knize tak d v m 4 hv zdi ky a t m se na dal d l Reakce po do ten knihy Rozhodn daleko lep ne p edchoz d l Co se t e samotn mu p b hu i p ekladu Bylo vid t, e autorka hodn zkoumala problematiku poltergeist a jist ch zkoum n P ekvapiv dobr detektivka s d vkou paranorm lna. Real rating 3.5 stars Kat Richardson is hitting her stride as a writer, and I found I enjoyed this bookthan 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 owner The mystery underneath drives the story and kept me guessing Although I enjoy urban fantasy, the ghost paranormal is not my favorite area of interest, but I just skimmed some of the longer explanations of the paranormal world The resolution was satisfying without being expected or entirely satisfactory for the heroine Although Harper is new to the paranormal, she is trying to learn and understandof how it works I ll be looking for the next installment. 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 outrageous magic and critters, but being able to believe it s real Now that s where it gets fun Harper was quite the loner in the first installment, which I get you want to keep people at arms length when you re having doubts about your own sanity Poltergeist shows that Harper isn t a loner and even has a really cool adopted family Her relationship with the Danzigers is developing, bordering on friendship and work help Her long distance relationship with Will Novak is actually a go What I like is that the development is real, and while not the focus of the story it adds something human That vital piece of trying to be normal and yet drowning in a new world that few know about Harper is still leery about the Grey and the world she s having to step into But what I like is that she can admit that she has wasted time learning what she clearly is going to have to deal with She s not normal any and the sooner she learns theshe can protect herself and others There s also a glimpse into how good Harper is, not willing to just let people deal with things they aren t even aware are going on in the supernatural Evenis that Harper even decides that learning from kids is OK if it helps her understand her powersThat s an amazing character in my book.The psychology and case studies of haunting poltergeists is a fascinating read here Though I will admit at times even my brain tuned out during some of the hypothesizing and other academic talk A lot of times I thought that a two sentence response, or less could have summed things up nicely But hey, let the brainiac characters free It does make them feelauthentic, even if my mind checked out once or twice Harper is on a case to prove that a poltergeist experiment isn t being tampered, and also discovers money fraud, and has to deal with a murder case Watching how she handles herself with legal aspects in mind to make sure she doesn t cross the cops, and make sure she can t be incremented and used as a scapegoat is amazing to watch Most of the time books are so sloppy about police procedure, legal issues, and so on Poltergeist is a murder mystery, physiological thriller, and so muchWhile the world of the vampires isn t delved into any deeper, it still shows off the magic well The true power is the mix of science and magic to make everything feel as if it really could be part of our world That the leaps taken in the book, could be taken in real life A real treat Richardson has setup a great cast here to get to know for later books Not to mention stable stepping stones into her unique take on the mystical as she eases readers, along with Harper, into the world of the Grey.Sexual Content Clean, some sexual humor, and references to sex 4 5 Great Really enjoyed it Originally reviewed at Book Whispers. 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 discover the culprit Unfortunately, the culprit fitsinto Harper s world than the real world so she is left with most of the work.What follows is a very techinical book and really drags when describing the equipment used and the techonology involved I had a lot of trouble following some of this and just figured it wasn t that important to the story Also, way to many seances got tedious.Hopefully book 3 will involve something other than poltergeists. 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 various people are trying to animate a ghost Tuchman thinks that someone is sabatoging the experiment Meanwhile during the course of her investigation, one of the participants is murdered and Blaine s investigation and the police investigation run concurrently Blaine is a nice character, she is aided by a witch and another professor the Danzigers, who have a young son, who Richardson uses for some comic elements, but who also plays a role in the ending.I think this book would be better if Richardson could havedialogue Blaine spends a lot of the book describing stuff in long expository paragraphs This leads this barely 320 page book to read a lot slower This is a minor gripe, and I am looking forward to the next novel. 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 book was mainly to build them up for another story This book just didn t pull the me in, I was bored, and I don t think I ll waste my time on another Greywalker book.The first book was much better.
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.
- 341 pages
- Poltergeist (Greywalker, #2)
- Kat Richardson
- 03 April 2018 Kat Richardson