Vanished by Kat Richardson is the fourth book in the Greywalker series. They need to be read in order or you will be totally lost, trust me. This one all starts with a simple phone call, well, a phone call anyway. From a dead guy no less. Harper is dismayed to discover when she answers the phone that the caller is none other than her boyfriend Cary Malloy from LA who died eight years previously. It was hard for him to make it through but he desperately wanted to warn her. There was interference but what came through was that it wasn’t what she thought and there were things waiting for her. He urged her to go to LA and go into the past. Desperate for answers as to why she is the way she is and how it happened, Harper heads to LA to see her mom and confront the past. She gets way more than she bargained for. While digging in her past, she gets an urgent call from Edward Kammerling, the leader of the Seattle vampire pack. He wants her to look into a problem he is having with some business holdings in London. Since she has been having nightmares about her old boyfriend Will Novak, she figures she can check on him while she is there. Little did she realize that the journey to London would reveal even more about her past and why she is a Greywalker.
Let me just say that I got the serious creeps when Harper gets the phone call from a dead guy! Spooky!!! And when she talks to him in LA, face to face, it was yikes worthy. Ms. Richardson has the ability to give me goose bumps which isn’t easy (unless you bring out clowns). After meeting Harper’s mom, I must say it is miracle that Harper is as well adjusted as she is. Things really start moving along when she hits London. London becomes a character all on its own, chock full of the Grey considering how long it has been around. Quinton didn’t feature too much in this book so I hope we see more of him in the next. You gotta love a nerdy beta hero! This series has become quite intricate, events from previous books connecting to others for a clearer or at least bigger picture. The research that Ms. Richardson does must be exhausting but I applaud her for it as it adds richness to her descriptions that pull you right into the story. I felt like I was surfacing from a deep dive every time I had to put the book down. I really appreciate the fact that even though there is an ongoing arc over the series that each book ends, tying up as many threads as is needed. It leaves you very satisfied but still hungry for more. Luckily, the next book will be out sometime next year.
The toughest case yet for Greywalker and P.I. Harper Blaine, "a great heroine" (New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris), has arrived.
Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until she died—for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker—walking the line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she's discovering that her new abilities are landing her in all sorts of "strange cases."
But for Harper, her own case may prove the most difficult to solve. Why did she—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 troubles in England are entangled with her dark past back in Seattle—and her ultimate destiny as a Greywalker.