Greywalker by Kat RichardsonGreywalker by Kat Richardson


byKat Richardson

Mass Market Paperback | June 2, 2009

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Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until a two-bit perp's savage assault left her dead for two minutes. When she comes to in the hospital, she sees things that can only be described as weird-shapes emerging from a foggy grey mist, snarling teeth, creatures roaring.

But Harper's not crazy. Her "death" has made her a Greywalker- able to move between the human world and the mysterious cross-over zone where things that go bump in the night exist. And her new gift is about to drag her into that strange new realm-whether she likes it or not.
Kat Richardson lives on a sailboat in Seattle with her husband, a crotchety old cat, and two ferrets. She rides a motorcycle, shoots target pistol, and does not own a TV.
Title:GreywalkerFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.8 × 4.2 × 0.9 inPublished:June 2, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0451461320

ISBN - 13:9780451461322

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed reading this book. It is the first in the series and a great way to get to know the character. If you like anything paranormal you will enjoy this book series.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting Premise but Slow Read This review was orginally posted on my book review blog Blood Rose Books ( In the first novel in her Greywalker series, Kat Richardson explores the world of the Grey, where everything that goes bump in the night and more reside. Harper Blaine is a private investigator and that role may sound sexier than it is, Harper knows that the main part of her job is a lot o research and paper shuffling but she loves her job. Every once in awhile though her job will take her into the world to arrest or track down a bad guy. This is how Harper ended up in the hospital and some broken bones and bruised skin is not all that happened to her, she actually died for two minutes and that death has caused her to come back as a Greywalker. Able to cross over into the grey and with this new curse (as Harper sees it), she feels she is no longer in control of some of the aspects in her life as she is unwilling to give herself over to the Grey. As Harper struggles to come to terms with being a Greywalker, she finds that she is being drawn into the Grey world, whether she likes it or not and she is going to have to concur her fear soon if she has any hope of surviving. I have such mixed feelings about this book. I really loved the premise and idea around the Grey (I mean something new in the paranormal genre is awesome), I also really like Harper as a main character and her struggles to comprehend a world and new abilities (or curse) that she never would have dreamed of; however, I found this book painfully slow and forcing myself to read it (it basically became a chore). I think that Richardson just took things too slowly with all aspects of the plot. The novel starts off with a bang with the assault on Harper, but then the book drastically slows down after that. Part of this was to be expected while Harper tries to figure out what is wrong with her, and how much the assault really affected and changed her, but it just seemed like it was a never-ending process. I am not saying that Harper should just accept things right away, actually opposite to that, but I think that Richardson needed to pair the slow process of Harper developing her "powers", with more action and fast moving pace within in her two ongoing investigations. Needless to say, everything was just overall slow and I felt more often than not that I just wanted to stop reading this book and move onto something better (but I did stick it out, just took awhile to read). If you need a book to grab your attention right away then I do not think this is a book for you. While the first few pages are action packed as Harper attempts to get away from her attacker, the next 150 pages are fairly slow and at times it was a struggle for me to pick the book up to read it. Within the last 50 pages the book does attempt to redeem itself but in 350 page book only the last 50 are fast moving, I do not think it will hold too many readers' attention. I was super excited to read about the Grey, a different world that exist inside our own, where all the things of the paranormal reside and that some are able to cross over into our world and some are not. When Richardson would describe the grey I was actually able to picture it on more of a grey scale look to it and you were able to feel that it was a darker place for darker being. It was the Grey and the Greywalker aspect that originally attracted me to this book. I think as the series progresses more and Harper becomes more comfortable with what she is there will be more and more interaction with the Grey and what that world is like. I think Richardson did a good job of keeping the reader interested in this aspect but just showing a peek into that world. I really liked Harper as a character, I think that the reader gets a real sense of her struggle, her fear of the Grey and everything that it stands for, but at the same time willing to risk her life to help others out; now that is the stuff of a true heroine. I was excited that Richardson wanted to introduce something new into the paranormal genre but overall this book fell below my expectations. It has an interesting idea but I felt like I just kept waiting for something interesting to happen with the characters, the plot, the Grey anything really and with all this waiting reading this book became more of a chore. I really don't know if I will pick up the next book in the series, this book had such promise, right now i'm just disappointed that Richardson could not follow through. Cheers!!!
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tough to really sink into This is the first I have read by this author, and even though it wasn't my favorite book I do plan to contiue the series to see if it gets better. I found it really hard to really get into the characters becuase I found the author spent to much time trying to explain the Grey. With all the explination I still can't seem to picture it in my mind though, I felt lost, and I was also a bit disappointed that the lead never got the hang of it before the end. Regardless I like the premis and have already downloaded the next book, heres hoping things clear up in the Grey :)
Date published: 2010-12-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hmmmm, yeah....Undecided P.I. Harper Blaine died for two minutes. Now the world seems skewed. Half the time she walks around seeing a hazy mist with weird shapes or worse, snarling creatures. She's not crazy, but rather her 'death' has left her with a dubious gift of being able to see the 'Grey', the in-between world. As a Greywalker, Harper can learn to walk between her world and the otherworld, but first she must accept her new reality. To add to her troubles, she has been hired by a mysterious client to track down a family heirloom and it seems like the missing kid she has been hired to find is in deeper trouble than anyone thought. Now she is up to her neck in ghosts, vampires, necromancers, witches and dark artifacts. Can she learn to control her 'gift' before it controls her? This is the first book in the Greywalker series and I am undecided. I liked, just didn't grab me. I felt like I never really 'got into' the book. Harper is a competant P.I. but she just seems rather bland. The story itself was original but it felt like it kind of dragged at the beginning (it was kind of 'talky', especially all the explanations about the Grey). There's plenty of character interaction and the supporting characters are almost more interesting than Harper. I'm particularly wondering what Quinton's secret is, because I know there must be more to him than meets the eye. I guess I will have to try the next book to see where the story goes before I make up my mind about this series.
Date published: 2009-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow to start but recommend reading it. I found about the first 3/4 of the book really slow but after that you get sucked in. It starts off slow because it takes that long to explain what exactly is going on but once it speeds up you have a very clear understanding what is going on. After you read this book you will find that the next two books move at high rate of speed. I think that the author did a really good job explaining what is going on. You have to read this book to understand the rest of the books. Poltergeist is the second book and Underground is the third.
Date published: 2009-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different but Unsure After having finished the book, I'm not quite sure whether I actually enjoyed it, or whether I appreciated its originality. The concept was fascinating and I loved the idea that it all intermingled with her profession, rather than overtaking it and having her work take a backseat (which is often the case in most supernatural novels). The story also didn't rely on fighting or action the whole time, with the characters boucning back in no time; it was really almost a detective novel with a supernatural theme. The romance also wasn't heavy and overdone. There was very little of it, with no love triangles and no gratuitous sex scenes. The only problem is that might have slowed the story and the character down a little. There are a few times where it sort of felt as if it wasn't going anywhere and the story was just circling around. Harper Blaine (protagonist), also didn't feel so much real as just a step between the reader and the story. The other characters in the book had so much life and personality, that Harper came off almost bland. When it gets to moments where she's "flirting" with Will, it seems sort of fake and cheesy, as she's rather stiff in all other moments. In my opinion, she was more of a narrator or third party observer while the other characters did all of the actual "work." Things like that can make it a little hard to identify with Harper or encourage us to follow on different adventures.
Date published: 2008-01-28

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"The perfect blend of hardboiled p.i. and supernatural thriller."
-Crimespree Magazine