Fantasy Book Review: Seawitch

Seawitch by Kat Richardson

Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died—for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker, treading 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.

A quarter century ago, the Seawitch cruised away from her dock and disappeared with everyone on board. Now, the boat has mysteriously returned to her old berth in Seattle and the insurance company has hired Harper to find out what happened.

Harper teams up with Rey Solis, a Seattle Police Detective assigned to this case because of Harper’s connection to the unexplainable. Meanwhile, Harper’s relationship with Quinton seems pretty status quo, though he’s experiencing some pressure from his father to join him in the “family business.” Solis and Harper are a pretty good team and investigate mostly together. And there comes a point where Harper has to open up and tell Solis about her ability to see the Grey.

This is the seventh installment in the Greywalker series. The mystery of a ship suddenly returning after 25 years with no trace of its former occupants immediately created a feeling of eerie suspense and set the tone for the rest of the story. From suspicions of murder to a girl who looks incredibly like one of the missing crew, this one certainly kept me guessing. Then, abruptly the investigation takes a turn to the paranormal, being an urban fantasy this can be expected though. New, fascinating creatures are introduced, as the danger and suspense escalate to a surprising finale. Seawitch is a well-paced mystery and drama and not as dark as some of the previous installments. This is a unique urban fantasy series that never disappoints.

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