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.
A quarter century ago, the Seawitch cruised away from her dock and disappeared with everyone on board. Now the boat has mysteriously returned to her old berth in Seattle and the insurance company has hired Harper to find out what happened—but she’s not the only one investigating.
Seattle police detective Rey Solis is a good cop, albeit one who isn’t comfortable with the creepy cases that always seem to end up in Harper’s lap. As Solis focuses on the possible murder of a passenger’s wife, Harper’s investigation leads her to a powerful being who may be responsible for the Seawitch’s disappearance. While their searches lead Harper and Solis in different directions, they will need to put aside their differences to solve a mystery twenty-five years in the making.…
“Fall?” he repeated. “Say more like flying, as if someone threw you. What . . . was that?”
I chewed on my words before I let them out. “I . . . sometimes have little disagreements with . . . um, with reality. And physics.”
Once again, we’re back to just a basic PI story, though one that centers around a ghost ship. Richardson is finally getting that these are people with lives, and their lives aren’t ruled entirely by the investigation they are currently on, so other things happen, too. The investigations are always sort of boring to me, so I have been sort of bored this entire reread. Now that Richardson is building upon the characters themselves, I am really starting to enjoy the series. It just is a shame it took 7 books to get there.
Once again, most of Harper’s friends aren’t around to help her. And Quinton is having family problems, too. But, that is okay, because Harper is making a new friend in Rey Solis (the detective)! I really like Solis’ inclusion in this book. He is a really good character, even if we have to deal with the “oh my god it is all real” freakout again. I really hope he makes it to the rest of the series.
Richardson isn’t exactly playing with other cultures this book, but she does go someplace almost no other urban fantasy goes: she goes to the sea. Seriously, so few books go towards sea creatures, sea legends, and sea beliefs. The idea of a ghost ship makes me roll my eyes (it still does), I just really enjoy reading things that are different in the genre. I always like to praise authors in urban fantasy when they decide to do something different because so much of the genre is the same.
The plot holds steady, but the author focus has shifted to the characters, and I am loving it. Richardson goes to the sea for inspiration, and I love that, too. With two books to go in the series, this was a solid addition.
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