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Vanished (Greywalker, Book 4) by Kat Richardson
Cover Artist: Chris McGrath
Review by Gayle Surrette
Roc Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451462770
Date: 04 August 2009 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Harper Blaine has moved on with her life. She's over Will Novak and happily partnered with Quinton, who understands her need for space and occasional moral support. However, that doesn't mean that she's learned all there is about the Grey and what her powers as a Greywalker encompass. She's got a lot to learn. She also hasn't got much time because she's having visions or nightmares -- take your pick -- but they involve the Grey and if she doesn't figure it out people close to her could die.

Harper's nightmares or visions are severe enough for her to actually go and ask her mother about her past and her father's death. What she learns unlocks some of the memories of her past, but also leads her to try to find her father's ghost. But that's a dead end, there is no ghost, only a dark hole where his ghost should be. But before she can follow up on that mystery, she's offered a job she can't refuse.

Edward Kammerling, head of the Seattle vampires, wants her to investigate a problem he's having contacting his representative in London. Since that works well with Harper, as she's having nightmares about Will Novak and his brother being harmed--she takes the job. Besides, it sounds fairly straightforward. Why don't they ever learn? Well, actually Harper has learned. She knows enough to know that there's more going on in London than Kammerling is telling her but she doesn't know whether he doesn't know to tell her or whether he's playing things close to his chest.

Once in London, Harper finds that indeed there's a problem and there was a lot of need to know information that she wasn't told. Luckily, she's cautious by nature and manages to keep one step ahead of death--most of the time.

Once the story gets going, there's no good place to stop. This is darker than previous books in the series and seriously creepy besides, so the occasionally lighter moments barely give you a chance to catch your breath before charging once again into danger. Harper learns things about her past and her powers that shake her faith in herself. She must learn to incorporate what she's been told and to move on doing the best she can.

As readers, we learn much more about this world and the world of Greywalkers and their place in the magical community of vampires, witches, and things that go bump in the night. But as much as Harper uncovers about her past and her present, there is more to learn.

Richardson solidifies her main character and challenges her to grow and change, but it's all within context of the world she exist in. This wild adventure to uncover her past ends satisfactorily, but with a lot of new threads that need to be followed up on in order for Harper to move on.

Darn…now we all have to wait patiently for the next book.

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