When a comatose woman suddenly wakes up and starts painting scenes she’s never witnessed, with a skill she’s never had, medical science has no explanation. As more bizarre phenomena manifest, even her doctors start to wonder if the woman may be possessed. Frustrated and frightened, the patient’s sister reluctantly turns to Greywalker Harper Blaine to discover who—or what—is occupying her sister’s body. As Harper digs into the case of apparent possession, she discovers other patients struck with the same mystifying afflictions and a disturbing connection to one of the most gruesome stories in Washington’s history...
Possession by Kat Richardson is the next installment in the Greywalker series about Harper Blaine, a private investigator who has an edge on other P.Is - she can literally walk the line between the living and the dead. Of course, this means she gets all sorts of interesting cases, some more problematic than others.
This time, a comatose woman abruptly wakes up, but her family’s celebration is short lived as she first begins painting things she’s never seen, and other ‘symptoms’ begin to appear. This leads her sister to contact Harper Blaine in order to find out whether her sister is possesed, and if so, what can be done to free her.
Harper’s investigation leads her to find other patients who have similar symptoms and what she learns from them, in turn leads her to an unpleasant story from Washington’s past,
In addition to the case, Harper has her own difficulties. Quinton, her lover, is trying to fight back against his father, who richly deserves to be taken down a peg or twenty, but at the same time, Quinton seeks to keep Harper’s abilities secret from the man. Unfortunately, Quinton’s struggles lead his father to pay more attention to Harper than ever before, and it’s only a matter of time before he learns exactly how well-entrenched she is in the paranormal.
Richardson makes great use of Seattle, both the local history and its landmarks, giving the book a richness that only comes when a writer is familiar with a setting and deeply fond of it. This makes Pike Place Market more than a location, but both a plot element and a vitally important part of the story.
Some of the twists and turns of the plot do rely on readers knowing the working of this world and its supernatural rules, so new readers would do better to start at the beginning of the series. That aside, this book further expands Harper Blaine’s story and offers up plenty for further books in the series.