This fascinating urban fantasy series showcases this author’s ability to create very vivid (and eerie) word portraits. The exquisite descriptions of the environs of this distinctive city which are woven into significant events in the city’s history make this a realistic and spine-chilling tale, perfect for the season. I love the word-portraits that are so succinctly painted--including the description of vampires as “life-challenged” and the desire to keep the ferret, Chaos, “from breeding too much of her namesake” and I was both intrigued and appalled by the gradually revealed serial killer who is pivotal to the story. The odd relationship between Harper and Quinton continues to evolve and deepen but is certainly challenged by their respective pursuits. I enjoy this series but I have missed some of the previous stories yet I had no trouble comprehending the sequence of events in this particular novel. This was a great combination of spooky story and mystery and it was fun seeing the clues being laid out to guide one to the proper conclusion. I look forward to other tales which feature this striking heroine and her enigmatic allies.
“Possession” by Kat Richardson is part of the ‘Greywalker’ series which features Harper Blaine, a private investigator who is a troubleshooter for the ‘Grey’, and can move through the “overlapping fringes of the world of the normal and that of the paranormal”. She becomes entangled in a case which involves those in a PVS (persistent vegetative state) who yet are performing odd acts like painting or writing or being written upon (dermographia). Her lover, ex-spy Quinton is trying to destroy his father’s horrific arrangements which threaten the paranormal beings in the city, the ghosts in Seattle seem much more agitated than usual and somehow all of these events threaten to dovetail into one horrific scenario that Harper is racing to avert, if only she can figure out the messages she is receiving. Being handicapped by having one eye stuck in altered vision complicates things even more as time threatens to run out and allow some inimical force to destroy countless lives. Seattle may never be the same, but the same could be said about Harper herself.
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....