Aug 022013
Review: PoltergeistPoltergeist (Greywalker #2) by Kat Richardson
Narrated by: Mia Barron
Published by Roc on Jul 7, 2009
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: dnf

Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died – for two minutes. Now she’s a Greywalker – walking 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.

In the days leading up to Halloween, Harper’s been hired by a university research group that is attempting to create an artificial poltergeist. The head researcher suspects someone is faking the phenomena, but Harper’s investigation reveals something else entirely – they’ve succeeded. And when one of the group’s members is killed in a brutal and inexplicable fashion, Harper must determine whether the killer is the ghost itself, or someone all too human.

I hate when book 2 in a series doesn’t live up to the first one. In this case, I really liked the first book, and ended up DNF-ing this second one. I felt that there wasn’t enough story to this book. I got bored waiting for things to happen.

While the first book had supernatural creatures and action, this one had only one ghost (maybe), and was more lecture about faking the phenomena than anything else. I didn’t feel like there was any danger to the story at all and ended up not caring if the ghost was real or not.

I listened to the audiobook version, and this may have been part of the problem. The voice of the narrator didn’t quite fit the image of Harper. There was an edge to it that was a bit unpleasant, and the voices while reading other people’s conversation seemed overly dramatic, especially anyone with accents. The overall tone was sarcastic but not in a good way.

Overall, this was a disappointment, and has made me drop the series completely. I’d recommend the first book, but not this one.

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