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Vanished: Greywalker    by Kat Richardson order for
by Kat Richardson
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Roc, 2009 (2009)
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* * *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

In her latest Greywalker novel, Kat Richardson takes it up a notch, weaving a tangled story of Harper Blaine's near and distant past in a deadly game that will forever change Harper as a Greywalker. Vanished shows that Harper Blaine is here is to stay.

After receiving a call from a long dead boyfriend and mentor, Harper returns to California to visit her estranged mother. Once there, she learns the truth about her father's early death he shot himself in his office. Gossip points to an affair with his missing assistant, but Harper's investigation into the Grey reveals nothing, just a black hole where her father should be. Before she can delve any deeper, vampire Edward Kammerling summons Harper back to Seattle, only to offer her a job in London. Harper agrees to Edward's terms because they give her a chance to check on her ex, Will, about whom she has been having nightmares. Shortly after arriving in London, Harper meets another Greywalker, comes across an ancient race of vampires, learns that an old enemy is far from dead and another is out to control her, finds a golem living as Will, and discovers there is more to her father's death than anyone thought.

Vanished is the most complex Greywalker novel to date, and Richardson handles this complexity well. Vanished goes from one adventure to the next, hardly allowing the reader, much less Harper, any time to breath. At the end, only the London storyline is wrapped up, leaving plenty to occupy Harper once back in Seattle. Plus, the mystery of her father's missing ghost is far from solved, and I feel his disappearance will surface again in future volumes in Kat Richardson's Greywalker series.

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