Saturday, December 18, 2010

Book Review: Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1) by Charlaine Harris

Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1) by Charlaine Harris

• Mass Market Paperback: 310 pages

• Publisher: Berkley (September 26, 2006)

• Language: English

• ISBN-10: 0425212890

• ISBN-13: 978-0425212899

• Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 0.8 inches

Prolific author Harris debuts a series that just might surpass all her others in popularity. Harper Connolly is honest, ethical, loyal, and, in many people's eyes, quite odd. Since being hit by lightning, Harper has a strange gift: she can find dead people and reveal how they died. Harper is so down-to-earth and delivers the story in such a straightforward way that even the most hardened realist eventually will accept the premise. In this first outing, Harper and her manager and stepbrother Tolliver travel to a small town in Arkansas to determine what happened to a local teenager. Once there, they learn that someone is willing go to great lengths--even murder--to bury a secret. While absorbing the usual mixture of awe, revulsion, and fear that her "gift" inspires in the locals, Harper tries to uncover the secret they are trying desperately to hide. Future stories may shed more light on Harper and Tolliver's relationship, which seems curiously close for a sister and stepbrother. A strong debut that will have readers dying for more. Jenny McLarin


Grave Sight is the first book in the Harper Connelly series by Charlaine Harris. Heroine Harper Connelly has a gift whereby she can find dead people by being able to feel the vibrations of the dead and discern how they died. Harper’s stepbrother, Tolliver helps and protect Harper and really compliments Harper and her powers and their relationship is complex.

In this book Harper and Tolliver travel to the Ozarks to find a missing teenage girl, presumed dead. They find her body deep in a wood, and plunge even deeper into small town intrigue, deception, secrecy, and murder. With conservative bigotry welling up around them, can Harper and Tolliver get away with their lives?

As with Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books the main characters are everyday normal people, but with a paranormal ability. Yet the stories are set in mundane, day to day life with people work minimum wage jobs, do their housework, and generally look like regular people.

This series is good but not up there with the Sookie Stackhouse series, which is my favourite vampire series.

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