Possession by Kat Richardson
by Kat Richardson
Published by: Penguin
on August 6, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died—for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker, treading 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. When a comatose woman suddenly wakes up and starts painting scenes she’s never witnessed, with a skill she’s never had, medical science has no explanation. As more bizarre phenomena manifest, including mysterious writing appearing on the patient’s skin and strange voices issuing from her mouth, even her doctors start to wonder whether the woman may be possessed. Frustrated, frightened, and at the end of her rope, the patient’s sister reluctantly turns to Harper Blaine to discover who—or what—is occupying her sister’s body. As Harper digs into this case of apparent possession, she discovers other patients struck with the same mystifying afflictions and a disturbing connection to one of the most gruesome episodes in Washington’s history...
The Greywalker series by Kat Richardson is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. I love the kick-ass protagonist Harper Blaine, the Seattle setting and Richardson’s unique storytelling. Possession, the eighth book in this series, was one of my most highly anticipated releases this year and I am delighted to share it with you. Three word review: mystery, mediums and possession. Oh my!
Harper accepts a case regarding a comatose patient that sits up and begins painting pictures and muttering words. There are no medical explanation for this behavior. When Harper observes the patient in the grey she can see ghosts swarming around her and a dark form she cannot make out. As Harper explores she finds other cases. This is an anomaly that should not be occurring and somehow they are all tied to horrific events from Seattle’s history. The tale that unfolds was suspenseful and had Harper relying on vampires, mediums and ghosts.
Harper Blaine is a kick-ass private investigator, she has died twice and has this unique ability to walk the thin line between the paranormal world and the living. She is known as a Greywalker, and keeps the peace between both worlds. We once again see growth in Harper and her abilities with the help of Carlos the vampire and a medium. I love how relentless she is, and how she protects those around her. The woman does not whine and is such a fighter! She is driven and fearless but thinks before acting which is refreshing as most women in this genre tend to leap first and ask questions later. She has solid, if not unusual relationship with Quinton, and we see some growth from her on this. Quinton is mostly absent from this episode as he works to stop his father but their cases cross paths, placing them both in danger. Carlos has a big presence in this novel and I cannot help but both fear, and swoon over this smexy vampire. The malevolent spirit involved was downright creepy in the afterlife and terrifying in life. *shivers*
Possession was high on mystery and low on action, although when it occurred it was intense and kept me flipping the pages at a maddening pace. Most of the case occurs in and around Pike’s Market. Having visited, the scenes came to life for me and Richardson nailed the details. She wove in actual historical events giving the tale an eerily realistic feel that gave me the shivers and kept me enthralled. The use of a medium, the demonic possessions and the grey all enhanced the story. Fans of paranormal activity and possessions will delight in Richardson’s interpretations of them. Richardson continues to advance the overall ARC, and to flesh-out her characters. She allows me to become swept up in the tale and lose myself. I consumed this much too quickly and enjoyed the change of pace.
Fans of mystery and urban fantasy with flesh-out, kick-ass characters will enjoy Possession and the Greywalker series. This author/series is an auto-buy for me and once again I find myself drooling for the next installment.
Four and half cups of coffee out of five