POSSESSION (Graywalker #8) by Kat Richardson
368 pages, hardcover
Available August 6, 2013
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
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, even her doctors start to wonder if the woman may be possessed. Frustrated and frightened, the patient’s sister reluctantly turns to Greywalker Harper Blaine to discover who—or what—is occupying her sister’s body.
As Harper digs into the case of apparent possession, she discovers other patients struck with the same mystifying afflictions and a disturbing connection to one of the most gruesome stories in Washington’s history…
Spirits and possession and hauntings…oh, my! The eighth book in the Graywalker series sees intrepid Harper Blaine hunting down the reason why three people in persistent vegetative states are suddenly “communicating”with those around them, despite the fact they aren’t awake or interacting in any other way. As Harper investigates, she realizes that something’s got the ghosts of Seattle all stirred up, more so than usual.
One of the best ghost stories I’ve read in a while, POSSESSION delves into Seattle’s wild history, pulling forth intriguing and very creepy true stories while weaving them seamlessly into the fictional path Harper is pursuing. A couple of my favorites include the “doctor” who starved her patients to death (one of the first recorded female serial killers *shudder*) and the bar that used to be a mortuary.
This series is so well-written that you can pick up any book and have a complete, self-contained story. Sure, there is some backstory to contend with but it’s a relatively minor distraction against the intriguing mysteries (Though I do want Harper to have a bit more satisfaction in her love life and a bit more of a life outside of her ferret). In this novel, the story arc involving Quinton’s father is key but, again, you don’t have to have read prior novels to realize that this dude is bad news for the paranormal world and that he’s a batshit crazy zealot in his pursuit of what he believes is the “right” thing to do.
While not as fast-moving as most of the other urban fantasies I regularly devour, POSSESSION moves at a quick pace as Harper plies her investigative skills around the city, asking questions and getting to the bottom of things. Harper herself is a fabulous character — she’s intelligent and independent, quick-witted and able to handle just about anything thrown her way. And she does most of it with a modicum of violence (I know, right? Rare in UF!). Harper’s more of a hard-boiled detective than a someone who kicks ass first and asks questions later. Very refreshing.
A fantastic addition to an already-great series, POSSESSION will have you staying up late reading…with multiple lights on and maybe a warm dog to protect you.
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