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Grave Sight [Hardcover]

Charlaine Harris
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Sept. 23 2005 Harper Connelly Mystery (Book 1)
Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who's passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she's providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living-but she's used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she's become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it's always urgent-even if the dead can wait forever.

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Ever since Harper Connelly survived a zap from a lightning bolt, she's been able to find dead people, a skill that makes the protagonist in the first installment of Harris's new series a tad more bizarre than the mind-reading heroine of the author's Sookie Stackhouse books (Dead as a Doornail, etc.). Harper travels to the Ozark town of Sarne, Ark., to find a missing teenage girl's body, accompanied by her stepbrother, Tolliver, who acts as her manager and bodyguard and with whom she shares a thinly disguised physical attraction that they manage to keep at bay by engaging in casual sex with various partners. Finding the body takes no time at all, but leaving town afterward isn't so easy. When Harper's life is threatened and Tolliver ends up in jail on trumped-up charges, it quickly becomes apparent that something sinister is going on in Sarne. Harris delivers a knuckle-gnawing tale populated with well-developed, albeit edgy characters. A nifty puzzle toward the end will challenge the most jaded mystery buffs.
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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
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another quirky mystery Jan. 25 2006
By Annie R
Charlaine Harris's Grave Sight is a quirky mystery combining a paranormal southern gothic with a decent whodunnit story. A fan of her Stookie Stackhouse and Lily Bard series, I found that she again has created a protaganist who is both strong and vulnerable, victim and hero, likeable but with flaws. The mystery is a straight forward murder mystery with just enough red herrings to keep from being obvious. The jewel in this story however is the paranormal skills of the protaganist and how they unfold throughout the book that lifts it beyond a run of the mill whodunnit. I look forward to another story about Harper Connelly and her intriguing brother.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good start to a new book series May 27 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
So I first came to reading Harris through her vampire novels, and I really enjoyed them. So when I heard she was starting a new novel series I knew I'd want to read them too.

Grave Sight is about Harper Connelly, a young woman who has the gift of finding dead bodies and knowing how they died, after being struck by lightning as a teenager. Along for the ride is her stepbrother Tolliver, who seems to be Harper's stability.

In this book they go to a small town searching for the body of a missing teenage girl. Of course that's only the begining and the two are pulled in further to the town's secrets.

Now I've heard some people think the 2nd book (Grave Surprise) is actually better than it's predecessor but I haven't read it yet. I will say that this book is a great start, Harper and Tolliver seem like interesting characters and I look forward to seeing them grow. This series seems a little more serious and darker than the Sookie Stackhouse series but it has it's own charms. I will keep on w/ this series now as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series! June 21 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This series sucked me in. I read them all over a weekend and have re read them since. Usually I donate my books when I am done, but this series I have kept!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Such a disappointment, so boring.... March 10 2013
By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read a few of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by the same author -- I liked them but I didn't read the whole series simply because I'm not passionate about vampire stories. To my great disappointment, the first book in this series about a young woman who can see how people died turned out to be quite boring. The premise was intriguing and I was excited to start the book but, sadly, the story is told in a very monotonous tone with little emotion. It's like the author forgot to develop the sadness, the horror, the torment, the anger, the worry -- instead, she opted for a cool clinical approach. At some point, I started to wonder if she actually wrote the book herself...It's a far cry from the books that inspired the True Blood television series. I give this book only 2 stars out of five (bad, boring).
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