“Poltergiest” by Kat Richardson (2007)
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Mystery
Book Length: 338 pages (paperback edition)
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 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. (description from Goodreads)
So overall, I was really a big fan of the first novel, so I decided to continue on with the “Greywalker” series. I thought this second novel, was just an okay read for me. It wasn’t as exciting as the beginning of the series, but things that are essential to the main plot of the series are included, so it not a good idea to skip over this book.
This time around, we get to a see little bit more into the backgrounds of our main set characters. Our main protagonist, Harper, gets a stronger hold on her new-found supernatural powers and learns how to have some control of “the grey” with help from Mara, and the creepy (I don’t know if we can even call him an ally at this point cause he’s a bit iffy at this point) vampire Carlos.
Richardson keeps up the detailed writing again in “Poltergeist” by amp-ping up the supernatural and adds a poltergeist that becomes a problem to university research group. It was cool, but honestly, I felt a little bored while reading the book. And it could have been the reading mood I was in, but the excitement of the plot was just so-so. Although I do like how the mystery/detective style plot line is played out in this series.
Overall, the second installment for the “Greywalker”, is just okay. It is certainly not as exciting as the first novel, but it focuses more on developing the characters, story, and the supernatural. The exciting parts happen more towards the latter of the novel. I still can’t wait to read the next one. 3 out of 5 stars!
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