Cover Artist: Chris McGrath
Review by Gayle Surrette
Roc Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451465122
Date: 06 August 2013
List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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Harper Blaine is a PI. She's also a Greywalker, able to walk into the paranormal shadow world where a lot of our nightmares and historical terrors seem to be trapped or biding their time, looking for a way into our world. Sometimes she gets normal every day cases and sometimes the strange and bizarre -- because when people get desperate, they're willing to follow any hint to find someone to help.
Lillian "Lily" Goss is one of the desperate people trying to find help for her sister, Julie, who is in a persistent vegetative state (PVS). Lily believes her sister is possessed and she wants to hire Harper to find out where her sister is and get her back in her body. Harper is obviously leery but willing to look into the case.
It doesn't take long before Harper finds that other PVS patients are showing bizarre behavior -- painting and writing -- while in a deep coma, something that shouldn't be possible. More research leads her to believe that something big is happening in Seattle and it's going to happen soon.
Harper's boyfriend Quinton is on his own case. He's tracking down his father, who is trying to capture and control those with supernatural powers or connections for his own purposes.
Are the cases related? Quinton seems unreachable -- his usual numbers and drops aren't working. Then some of the supernatural groups get in touch because people are missing. Harper begins to believe that things are much worse than she first suspected, and she's on her own.
I've been reading this series since the first book, Greywalker and it's just getting better and better with each book. Richardson weaves the stories in and around true events in Washington's past and has those events create problems in the present -- in the Grey, and in our reality. The plots are twisty but coherent. They may send you to the encyclopedia to check out the underlying historical events, but they are always engrossing, entertaining, and exciting adventures that keep the pages turning. The main characters grow with the challenges and experiences that they live through, becoming people that you care about and cheer on.
While Possession is the current book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone. You may miss some of the backstory or character interactions and connections but most readers will get up to speed pretty quickly from context and hints within the text. However, you'll be hooked and want to start over from the beginning
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