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Three and a Half Stars,
This review is from: Greywalker (Paperback)
Greywalker tells the story of Harper Blaine a private investigator who dies for two minutes after she is savagely beaten during the course of an investigation. When she comes round in the hospital, she begins to realise she has changed. She's now able to see and experience the Grey, a mysterious zone that exists between our world and the next. And it's something she has to learn to deal with quickly, because the creatures that exist in the Grey are not about to wait for her to find her feet.
I started this book sure I wasn't going to like it, I don't know why. So I was pleasantly surprised when in the space of the first few pages I was hooked. Kat Richardson starts Greywalker with a bang - an incredibly realistic sequence of Harper being beaten where you almost wince with every punch. The story engaged me for the majority of the book, I really didn't want to put it down. Her characters are well written, each of them individuals with their own agendas; Quinton - the mystery man, Mara and Ben - the happy couple with the baby and several Machiavellian vampires. As a first novel it impressed me.
I was really torn about whether or not to give this book 4 stars, but there were a couple of things that didn't work for me. The characters use the word OK far too much, this seems a petty point but when you read the book you'll understand what I mean. And it's written as OK so it really jumps out at you. I think Ms. Richardson should maybe limit herself to five okay's in the next book. I also felt the plot kind of petered out in the end, and I was left wondering why a couple of characters had been included.
This is probably more of a PI novel with an urban fantasy twist, so I think you'll enjoy it more if you like the private detective genre - fans of Charlaine Harris's Grave series might want to give it a try. Greywalker did leave some unanswered questions, I'm very interested in Quinton's story, so I hope he'll be making an appearance in the next book Poltergeist which is scheduled for release in August 2007.