The toughest case yet for Greywalker Harper Blaine…
Why did Seattle investigator Harper Blaine-as opposed to others with near-death experiences-become a Greywalker? When Harper digs into her own past, she unearths some unpleasant truths about her father’s early death as well as a mysterious puzzle. Forced by some very demanding vampires to take on an investigation in London, she soon discovers her present trouble sin England are entangled with her dark past back in Seattle-and her ultimate destiny as a Greywalker.
“Terror is the instinct that tells you to run, dear God, run, she murmured. Run for your life. But it just makes you into meat. Predators take the ones who run. Horror is the mind-thing, the worm of knowledge you can’t stop turning over no matter how awful it is. It grows in your mind and destroys you by your own intelligence.”
The book continues being an easy read, like the last one was. The plot of the book continues the series along towards the inevitable end, instead of staying in the stagnation of “new” the first three books wallowed in. However, it also suffered a bit as well. If you had asked me yesterday, based on memory I would have said this book was two books, not one. That is the way the book feels, like it was written in two halves and connected later. Also, while the author relies on coincidences in most of the books in the series, this book relied even more heavier than normal.
One thing I like is when series take the main character out of their comfort zone and send them somewhere away from their support system, and that is what this book did. It is a way to show the world they are building while they aren’t as complacent with what they already set up. Richardson did an okay job at showing off new parts of her world, though most of it was centered on the vampires. That isn’t inherently good or bad, I just really don’t remember this series being so vampire heavy.
This book also shows of the dichotomy between the two lovers Harper has had through the series. The first, who tried to limit her, and the second who lets her fly free. While I wish Quinton could have joined her this book, I understand that he could not. We also learn more about Harper’s family; her mom is crazy and her dad was not who, or what, she thought he was. The characters continue their trend of becoming real life people compared to paper cutouts that respond in only one way to a situation. They’re becoming more nuanced and differentiated.
Overall, a slight downturn in quality from the last book, but it furthers the overall story along so it is well worth the read if you are liking the series. The characters continue to get better, as well.
Sidenote: in addition to me thinking this book was two books prior to the reread, this was also the first book that I actually remembered anything about prior to the reread. I chalk this up to this being the first real book that has a genuine purpose to the overall story, and not just bits and pieces to keep you interested.