Grave Sight Hardcover – Sep 23 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
The idea of dead people speaking to the protagonist is not new - it's been done in the Sixth Sense and the aborted TV series Tru Calling. Charlaine Harris brings a fresh spin to it. Harper travels around the country to help police forces solve crimes and bring closure to the families of the deceased. The murderers don't want their crimes brought to light so this puts Harper and her brother Tolliver in a lot of danger. The twist is that Harper treats this like a business instead of a calling and provides her services for a fee. Her logical mind is refreshing to see in a protagonist instead of the highly emotional characters that appear in many books in popular literature today. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series.
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.
Harper is a quiet and somewhat scared young woman who, after being struck by lightning as a young girl, can sense the dead. This extremely unusual skill has lead to a somewhat lucrative career for Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver (who acts as business manager) as they help solve murders and missing persons cases. And this is actually not as creepy as it sounds! Harper and Tolliver perform this 'service' in order to assist those who have lost loved ones and are unable to find closure in unsolved crimes. In this first book in the series, Harper and her brother are called into a small town in Arkansas to assist in the search for a missing local teenager. Once there, they discover, that there's a lot more going on in this small town than just one missing boy.
While this series has a slightly darker tone than the Sookie Stackhouse books, I really enjoyed getting to know Harper and Tolliver, and was quite intrigued by the pieces of their back-story that we were given. I found the secondary characters to be interesting as well, although it's unlikely we'll see many of them again since Harper and Tolliver seem to move around with every case. The mystery itself wasn't all that difficult to figure out, but Grave Sight was still a fun and enjoyable read.
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent storyline with a little mystery you can help the main characters solve as you read through the story. 10 out of 10.Published 20 months ago by Amber McCarthy
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!Published on June 21 2013 by Clinkdrew