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 of the Pacific Northwest and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases.
After being shot in the back and dying—again—Harper has lost many of her powers. Now, if the Greywalker dies one more time, she won’t be coming back. Harper’s only respite from the chaos is her work. But while conducting an investigation in the Olympic Peninsula, she sees a ghostly car accident and finds a victim who insists he was murdered, blaming the nearby picturesque community of Sunset Lakes—called “Blood Lake” by locals.
Harper soon learns that beneath the icy waters of the lake hides a terrible power and a host of hellish beings—both of which are held under the thrall of a sinister cabal that will use the darkest of arts to achieve their fiendish ends…
After the excitement of Labyrinth that felt like a mid-series finale, we’re back to just a basic detective story (though it does have ghosts, witches, and other creatures). Still minor problems with keeping my attention, still relying on coincidences and random leaps of logic. Overall, the plots have become pretty solid overall. I’m no longer dreading reading the whole book once I start.
In the last book, Labyrinth, her friends through went through a gauntlet to help her, and in this book it shows. Harper is a lot more alone. Even Quinton is distant this book. There doesn’t seem to be a consequence for her being alone yet, though. Harper slides back into past bad habits and just works all the time. It was a very lonely book with a decent payoff in the end.
Richardson is once again incorporating more cultures in her series, and it pays off. After the last two books full of vampires, we have some chinese, some native american legends, and more. It makes the book feel separate and different from the last two books. She also explains some of the magic a bit more than she typically does in the series.
This book holds ground from the last one. The characters have gone through a lot, and it shows. The worldbuilding grows. We’ve continued on past the mid-series finale onwards to the series finale.
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