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Harper Connolly is honest, ethical and loyal - and ever since a bolt of lightening zapped her on the head, she's had an extra-special talent: she can find dead people. It's not a common-or-garden job. Some people find Harper's talent useful and fascinating, but she's getting used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. She's become an expert at getting in,Harper Connolly is honest, ethical and loyal - and ever since a bolt of lightening zapped her on the head, she's had an extra-special talent: she can find dead people. It's not a common-or-garden job. Some people find Harper's talent useful and fascinating, but she's getting used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. She's become an expert at getting in, getting paid and getting out, fast.When Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver, travel to the Ozarks to find a local teenager, missing, believed dead, they discover that someone is willing to go to great lengths to bury a secret.Before long Tolliver's locked away on trumped-up charges and Harper's fighting for her own life......

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Grave Sight Reviews

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2018-11-21 00:57

    3.5 stars! Ok, I'm going to be nice and round this up to 4 stars. My reasoning? I LOATHED, HATED Dead Until Dark by this author. I used to be Tru Blood obsessed (the television series) and the book series was a huge let down.So when my manager/boss who doesn't read PNR or urban fantasy very often told me that this was a guilty pleasure series, I HAD to read it. Plus this sounded like an adult version of the Meg Cabot (Jenny Carroll) series 1-800-WHERE-R-U, a series I grew up on and loved.When Harper Connelly was a teenager she was hit by lightning in a freak accident that should have left her dead. Instead, she is left with the ability to locate dead bodies and can see what happened to them when they die. Harper along with her stepbrother Tolliver, travel the country making a living locating bodies and determining how they died. Most people think she's a quack or spawn of the devil but they keep coming to her for answers.In a small town in Arkansas, Harper is asked to find the body of a teen girl suspected to have been abducted or killed after her boyfriend supposedly committed suicide. Through a series of events Harper and Tolliver become entwined in the investigation of the two deaths despite desperately wanting to leave town. As time goes by and things become more twisted Harper cannot help but become curious, and soon she is working on the case herself. I really enjoyed reading this. It surprised me because I hadn't liked this author's previous work, but this series is strong on its own and honestly much better than the Sookie Stackhouse series. I would love to see this book made into a series or film. So for those of you who like murder mysteries with a little bit of a paranormal aspect, this book is for you. Just ignore that godawful cover.

  • Jilly
    2018-11-26 00:55

    Harper, the ghost whisperer, and her brother, Tolliver, are close. Too close. Creepy close. Co-dependent, strange sexual tension, WTF close.Some things just shouldn't beThankfully, we find out that they are not actually siblings, but that their parents married each other when they were teens. Totally different story. In that case, I say, "Just go ahead and do it already. Then, instead of being the creepy siblings you can be the creepy couple that call each other "brother" and "sister". Yeah, that's sexy.Sexy Level: Grandma sweater.On the other hand, these two may not actually understand that they aren't siblings. Neither of them are the sharpest tools in the shed. I was practically yelling at them half the book when they couldn't figure out obvious clues or when they went running into obvious traps. Seriously? The fact that these two morons are still alive is some sort of Darwinian Slip. They should have been weeded out of the gene pool as children in some sort of fork-in-an-outlet accident.This would have done the jobI can't say that there were any big surprises in this book, and the characters were pretty flat and predictable. But, I have a strange compulsion to see where the Creepy Twins go from here. This series is setting up for one big giant dysfunctional family reunion ho-down. I kinda want to see it.I'm thinking this guy will be there.

  • Kati
    2018-12-12 23:43

    At first, I thought that this books was great. But then... it didn't quite lose its momentum, I just stopped liking the characters. If I've actually ever liked them that is. In this book, everything feels a bit off. You don't feel with or for the characters. Their past, their troubles, everything is just "described". They are really two-dimensional and you just... don't like them. Especially Harper. Even though this whole book was written from her POV, I didn't feel like knowing her at all. I couldn't step into her shoes. She described her painful past but I still felt as if she was talking about someone else. I thought that she had only two emotional states - panic and coldness. Either she was panicking or she was so emotionally distant and cold that there is no other word to desribe it but frigid. Not in the sexual sense, no. But to me, she felt too distant to care about. The case started in a quite interesting way but as it continued, it was rather easy to figure out what was going on. I will probably buy the next book in this series but definitely in a paperback form only. The series is not good enough to pay for in hardcover.

  • Jim
    2018-11-24 00:52

    I really liked Harris' Sookie Stackhouse, so I thought I'd give this series a try. It's pretty good. The world is ours - no vampires or other fantasy creatures in this book. Harper, like Sookie, has a limited paranormal ability - she can find dead people & see them, along with the few seconds of their death. The limitations of her 'gift' make the story more interesting.As a heroine, I didn't like Harper as well as Sookie. She's not a happy girl, more depressed & dwelling on her past too often (which she admits). She's a lot more vulnerable, but shows the same stubborn streak along with a moral sense that demands she 'makes things right'. She has a tougher time of it, too. She travels a lot & isn't well received.The writing is the same as the Sookie series. Well done, quick & easy to read. The plot was well done & exactly what I'd expect from Harris. The character of Harper permeates the book (as it should, since she's telling the story) & she's just not as upbeat as Sookie, so I didn't end the book with the same optimism, but I'm looking forward to reading the next!

  • Becky
    2018-12-10 01:07

    Ugh. Just... Ugh. I am beginning to think that the more I read of Charlaine Harris, the less I like her. This was just... bad. And creepy. Poorly written, weak plot, cardboard cut-out characters, creepy relationships and creepy romance, and trademark Charlaine Harris character name and detail errors all in one book. I don't even know where to begin... I guess I could just write a list, like our heroine, who Charlaine describes as a list-maker with little opportunity, first does 26 pages from the end of the book. You'd think, in a mystery, that a list writer would probably, maybe, keep a list while she's running around tracking down all those clues. Guess not. More likely, Charlaine (hereafter known as "CH") just wanted to rehash everything and wrote in a "personality trait" to do so. Speaking of personality, oh lordy me. Were there any personalities in this book? From ANYONE? Harper was just about as boring and cold and unlikeable a character as I've ever read. Why anyone would want to read an entire series about her is beyond me. Tolliver, her brother, is essentially an assistant/care-giver/babysitter/bodyguard to Harper, and besides being a womanizer, he's boring and uninteresting. Hollis is the Haunted Small-Town Cop™. Sybil is the Cold Rich Widow™. Mary Nell is the Teen Cheerleader (With Jealous Teen Admirer) Who Is Lovestruck for Mysterious Older Man™. There is nobody, at all, in this book that was even remotely interesting or unique. Harper's relationship with her 'brother' is super creepy. SUPER. CREEPY. Even if Harper and Tolliver aren't blood related, their relationship is just... disturbing. Harper is almost totally and completely dependent on Tolliver. She's jealous of his conquests, and he of hers, although neither come right out and say so, but their ONLY disagreements with each other were over the other half making the beast with two backs with some "outsider". They talk about buying a house together, and Harper talks about the possibility of Tolliver marrying, and fleetingly thinks of that for herself, but she seems very reluctant to think about that, and the thought of Tolliver committing himself to someone besides her seems to give her anxiety.Harper's parents were well-to-do who didn't do too well, and became alcohol and drug dependent and neglected the kids, but that's OK because the kids had each other... mostly. Apparently, this, along with Harper's injury, the one which caused her ability to sense the dead, are where her co-dependence on her brother stems from, but I don't get it. OK, right, you're struck by lightning. Sure, you'd be afraid of storms afterward. Logical. What is not logical is sheer panic when your "lifeline" brother is out of your line of sight for any length of time without a suitable male stand-in. OMG noes! HOW will you copez?!1? Harper and Tolliver seem more like exes who realized that they love each other but are better as friends but who don't really want to let go either. He called her "baby" and "honey", and, sorry, but if my brother ever called me that I'd be really, really grossed out. Harper is even described as having her stomach clench when Tolliver "sweet talks" someone else. CREEPY. Then, there's the "back story" that CH probably should start hinting at if she wants to drag this out into another too-long series... This includes Harper Family Mystery and Drama. There's the Parental Situation I mentioned above, for starters. Then there's one missing and presumed dead sister that Harper is very clinically detached and cold (aka "avoiding false hope") about, but determined to find, at least her body, and two other sisters raised by Tolliver's religious and manipulative aunt to despise Tolliver and Harper both for reasons unknown. I'm sure that will come out somewhere in book 8 or 9. Stick with it. All in all, there was just no... substance there. It was like the details were thrown in because they had to be, not because they were the characters' actual histories. Sorry Charlaine, you need to know your characters before any reader can. Giving her a gimp leg and some superficial insecurities along with saying that her hobbies include reading and nail-painting isn't characterization. Nor is giving someone acne scars and then saying that he likes really smooth skinned women probably because of that. Harper's thing with Hollis is another kind of creepy in itself. I really have to wonder what kind of publisher would read this and say, "Yes! This is what we've been waiting to publish!!". We have either a way, way too close brother and sister relationship or a way dysfunctional couple-night stand relationship with extremely-recently-widowed young cop. Hmm... Neither one is exactly steaming up THESE windows. The story takes place in very late October/early November. Hollis's wife Sally died sometime after February. That's eight months. He gets all almost choked up when he talks about her, and he says he loved her, and even hired Harper to tell him some info about how she died. OK... not creepy so far. Then Hollis and Harper do the nasty. Strange, but not unheard of. Then, during the course of the "investigation", this appears: (There are Sally death spoilers!)"I'm sorry," I said, making a great effort. "I know this is dredging up stuff for you that you're trying to put behind you.""No, I'm not trying to put Sally behind me," he said. "But I am trying to think about the rest of my life. And the ideas of the last few days, the idea that Sally was murdered, that the son of a bitch who did it has been walking around this town, talking to me, free, has been curdling my gut. And the fact that every time I see you, I want to screw you so bad it hurts. You practically break into my house, my damn house, and I want to fuck you right here on the floor." Then they did.WHAT?!? You go from talking about your DEAD LESS THAN 8 MONTHS WIFE to screwing some new girl in TWO SENTENCES?? It was described as "short and violent and the most exciting encounter Harper had ever experienced." CREEPY. I almost closed the book right there. That was just... too much. But I was curious about the mystery. I wanted to know. I finished it. I want my two days back. There's absolutely, positively no way that I will be reading any more of this series. It's also unlikely that I'll be reading anything else CH's written. It's sad, because I quite liked the first few books of the Sookie Stackhouse series, but now I'm even doubting myself on that. Don't read this. It's BAD. Did I mention it was creepy too?

  • Spuddie
    2018-12-11 23:03

    First in the Harper Connelly paranormal mystery series, featuring this young lady who has the ability to speak to the dead after being struck by lightning at the age of fifteen. She and her step-brother, Tolliver, travel around taking assignments to locate bodies. They work mostly on word of mouth, and for the most part are treated as something akin to the freaks in a circus side-show. While Harper can’t tell who killed the person if they were murdered, she can tell how they died, and actually relives the last moments of the person’s life. In our introduction to this interesting duo, Harper and Tolliver are summoned to Sarn, Arkansas by a wealthy widow who wants to locate the body of her dead son’s girlfriend, Tini Hopkins. Sybil Teague is upset because Del’s (her son) good name has been under a cloud for these many months since his death, as it’s rumored that he killed Tini and then himself, but Tini’s body was never found. Since she was a bit of a ‘wild girl,’ some folks think she just went away. Sybil wants to put the rumors to rest. Harper DOES find Tini’s body, discovers that she was shot twice in the back and also visits Del’s grave and discovers that he most certainly didn’t commit suicide. Harper and Tolliver are not made to feel welcome in Sarn at all, and while they want nothing more than to head on out to their next assignment, they are cautioned by the sheriff to stick around when Helen Hopkins, Tini’s mother, is found bludgeoned to death shortly after they visited her at her request. I liked this book a lot. The reader was excellent and I felt that she brought out the voice of Harper very well and helped me to understand her a little. I did think that the relationship between Tolliver and Harper was a bit weird, almost to the point of making me uncomfortable, and there were times when Harper’s vulnerability was a little tiresome—but then, she has had a very difficult life, even with the whole “I’ve been struck by lightning” thing aside, and her character was written in such a way that she wasn’t really trying to get sympathy or make excuses for her weakness, she just had very much of an “I am what I am” aura about her, and I liked that. I also thought Harper was pretty mature, given that she’s only twenty-four years old—it seemed that life has made her wise beyond her years. I have already got the downloadable version of the next book in this series on my list at the library and I don’t think it will be too long before I actually go and get it! A

  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    2018-12-01 23:07

    Quick review:Cover: Interesting Rating:NC-17 Steaminess:Steam Thumbs Up:4Overall: I found it very interestingCharacters: Well DonePlot: Small town secret come to bite you every timePage Turner: Yes Series Cont.? Yes Recommend:YesBook Boyfriend: TolliverSUMMARY (50 words or less)Okay, so mysteries are my first love so I enjoyed this one. I had it figured out but still enjoyed watching it unfold. I liked Tolliver and Harper’s relationship. I like the tension and the dynamics created between them and I overall enjoyed the story.For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at:http://mybookboyfriend.blogspot.com/2... Audio ReviewAlyssa Bresnahan did a really good job with this series. She really brought this series to life for me.

  • Luce
    2018-11-27 21:59

    4 Stars for the Audiobook. Narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan (5 Stars for narration). I liked her narration. Some reviewers on Audible did not care for her. I didn't hear the background noises they said they heard and were annoyed by it - that she makes a smacking sound, page turning, etc. I suspect they cleaned up the recording because I didn't hear any of this and the complaints were from 2013 and earlier. As for her narration, I thought it was very good. The series is first person narrative (I think, I'm never sure what all the terms mean), as told by Harper.Charlaine Harris is best known for her Sookie Sackhouse series that were made into the HBO Series, True Blood. This series is paranormal, but more along the line of cozy mysteries rather than Sookie's books that are dark, sexy, and filled with vampires and other paranormals.Harper Connelly is a 24 year old, who finds dead people (bodies) for a living. She travels with her manager, supporter, protector and step-brother, 27 yr old Tolliver Lang. Harper's mother married Tolliver's father. They met as teenagers and together as teens they basically raised their younger siblings because their parents were drug addicts. When Harper was 15 she was struck by lightning. As a result she has various physical ailments but the big one is that she can find dead bodies and see their last moments of their life. She is hired by people who are usually looking for a missing relative, whom they suspect is dead thus Harper gives them closure.In this book she and Tolliver are in a small Southern town. Harper was hired to find a teen girl who the authorities suspect may have been abducted or was a victim of a murder/suicide. She succeeds in finding the girl's body but the true nature of the crime is questioned. They are thrown into a murder investigation in which Harper's life is threatened and Tolliver is thrown in jail on bogus charges. Harper takes it upon herself to find the true story and killer if they are ever going to be able to leave this town. This was a re-read for me - I read the 4 book series when they came out in 2006-2009. I liked this series better than Sookie's series - but I love, love cozy mysteries. Most reviewers seem to give this series "its OK" reviews. But I suspect they were expecting stories like True Blood and this isn't True Blood.Oh, I what I found fascinating is the side effects that lightning survivors suffer from - medically and psychologically. Many doctors do not believe that the patients suffer long term effects. I'm assuming Harris did her homework. I'm also assuming that the vast majority do not become psychics or find dead people!On to book 2...

  • Krissy
    2018-12-07 20:00

    **2015 Reading Challenge W/Josh: #42 A Book You Own But Never Read**Great book! Harper was struck with lightening when she was young. Since then she has sort of a beacon that directs her to dead bodies. Once close enough she can see how that specific person died and see their last moments. Though she can't ever see the murderer (if the person was murdered). So she is called out to this small town to find a body of a girl that went missing a while back. While on the job lots of questionable shit happens and other murders are brought to the forefront and chaos ensues. I kind of figured out the motive behind the murders pretty early on. (view spoiler)[Since so much emphasis was placed upon who the biological father of the dead girl was. (hide spoiler)] What I couldn't pinpoint was who the actual murderer was. Another aspect of the book was the very close, borderline incestuous relationship Harper had with her step-brother, Tolliver. She is extremely dependent on him not only professionally but for emotional stability. Harper has some extreme anxiety issues that only Tolliver can keep grounded. You can feel the sexual tension between these two and I would not be surprised if they actually hook up later on in the series. No they are not blood related but she refers to him as her brother through the entire book. This does not bother me in the slightest. Bring on that step-sibling lovin'!

  • Debbie
    2018-12-12 22:50

    Read this one a couple of years ago. Picked up an Audible copy on sale. A good read/listen while on a long car trip. Harper and Tolliver are stepbrother/sister - very hard childhood - parents were alcoholics and one of their sisters missing. Harper was struck by lightening and ever since she can sense how someone died when near their remains. Usually looked upon with suspicion, they travel when hired to answer questions for the bereaved or law enforcement. The series is good. (view spoiler)[Some may not like the series as Harper and Tolliver develop an intimate relationship. (hide spoiler)] 4 stars.

  • Sherwood Smith
    2018-11-30 01:01

    I called this mystery cozy, but it really wasn't cozy. In fact, it was nearly at the edge of my tolerance for mysteries. Things I really liked: Harper and her brother. The descriptions, especially Harper's worldview, given what had happened to her. Glimpses of the numinous, though those were rare and wispy, more rare than the humor, which was also sparse.Things that pushed me toward the edge: claustrophobic atmosphere, and far too many murders, especially of helpless people. The thing is, I don't read mysteries because I don't want to read about murders. One, especially of a dislikable person, is my favorite. I like mysteries that don't have anything to do with murder. This one had a depressing set of characters, histories, and murders . . . I did some skimming through the middle, as we descended to one note, everyone hating on Harper as she grimly pushed forward to assemble clues.But I will try another, as I did like those things up top.

  • Anne
    2018-11-11 18:48

    Well...It wasn't awful, but it wasn't great. I'm unsure how I feel about it. I did stay up till 1:30 am finishing the book up, so that says something...right?Due to a freak lightning strike when she was a teen, Harper Connelly has the ability to find dead bodies and know how they died. She and her brother (step-brother, we find out later), Tolliver, make a living locating bodies for grieving families. Of course, most of the families aren't as grateful as you would think. I guess it's the "shoot the messenger" syndrome. That...and she freaks people out. The story starts when they are called in to locate the body of a missing teenage girl in a small town. They locate her, and determine that she was murdered. Nothing was unusual about this job until the girl's mother is found dead within hours of speaking to the two of them. The local authorities become suspicious and ask them not to leave town. Even though they both have solid alibis, they decide to stay because they are afraid their business will suffer from bad word of mouth. They spend the rest of the book regretting that decision and trying to figure out who-done-it, so they can get out of there.Honestly, I didn't find myself really caring what happened to either one of them. Harper seemed to have very few qualities that I liked. If she wasn't having a full-on panic attack, she was sulking, whining, or just generally feeling sorry for herself. Toliver seemed to be a one-dimensional character. He was Harper's protector/a man-whore.I thought the mystery of who-done-it and why-they-done-it was fairly obvious, too. I think that was why I went ahead and finished up the book last night. I kept thinking that it couldn't be that easy...there must be some huge twist at the end. Nope. I do love Charlaine Harris' Sookie series, so I may try to give the Harper books another shot. I know I didn't fall in love with the Sookie books until I read the second one, so maybe it will be the same thing with this series.

  • Lauren
    2018-12-11 00:02

    Grave Sight4 StarsHarper Connelly has the unique ability to sense not only the whereabout of human remains, but also the cause of death. Together with her stepbrother/business manager, Tolliver Lang, Harper travels to Sarne Alabama at the request of a grieving mother desperate to locate the body of the young woman her deceased son is accused of killing in a murder/suicide. However, this seemingly simple case takes a dangerous turn when Harper becomes the target of someone determined to keep the truth buried...Charlaine Harris’s cozy mysteries are rapidly becoming addictive. Harris is a master at characterization and is exceptionally skilled at capturing the essence of small town life (although not everyone is Sarne is as open and accepting of Harper’s differences). Harper's dry, matter of fact personality and intriguing abilities make her a very appealing heroine. She and Tolliver have an interesting dynamic as they share a closeness not usually found in non-biological siblings, and there is a certain amount of subtle sexual tension between the two that they are apparently not yet ready to confront. The who-done-it is well written with a number of plausible suspects and sufficient clues to figure out the twist before the end. The incorporation of paranormal elements feels natural and adds another layer to the suspense. Alyssa Bresnahan's narration is well-executed and she relays the dry wit and stoicism inherent to Harper's character very well. Looking forward to Harper and Tolliver's further adventures.

  • Drew
    2018-12-12 18:54

    I read through this book quickly, in two settings, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I read it for a book club that I am sort of a member of (only "sort of" because I only ever started reading the books they were reading because they meet at the store where I work, while I'm working), and wasn't sure if I'd get much of anything out of it. It is a book that walks the tightrope between two currently-popular genres, "cozy romance-themed mystery" and "chick-lit paranormal mystery." Not being the target demographic for either of these categories, I wasn't sure what this book would have to offer me. While it was hardly deathless classic literature, though, I did find myself enjoying it.For one thing, I wasn't expecting it to have as dark of a tone as it had. The main character, Harper Connelly, was struck by lightning as a teenager. In addition to the recurring health problems that she's had ever since, she also gained the ability to detect corpses, and to see how they died. Working with her (step)brother, Tolliver, she parlayed this ability into a career, doing freelance work finding bodies and naming causes of death for curious relatives and others with an interest in such things. This is a rather dodgy and unreliable line of work, as the plot of "Grave Sight" shows us.Harper and Tolliver arrive in a small Arkansas town to attempt to find a local teenaged girl who disappeared months before. She had been dating a local boy who'd been found shot and killed in some woods outside of town months before. A lot of the townsfolk think that the boy, Dell, must have shot the girl, Teenie, and then killed himself. Dell's mother hires Harper to locate Teenie's body and determine how she died, with the hopes of proving that Dell didn't kill her. Harper locates the body quickly, and determines that Dell indeed did not kill Teenie, but instead of calming the situation, this only sets the town into a more pronounced uproar, which drags both Harper and Tolliver right into the middle of it and ends up involving everyone from high school football players to the town drunk to high-powered lawyers and the local sheriff. All of these people are related, you see, in one way or another, and the nature of the town, which has everyone in everyone else's business, makes the whole thing an emotional powderkeg waiting for a spark just like the one Harper has unwittingly struck to send the whole thing sky-high.Some of the plot points of this book seemed a bit obvious, while others seemed a little tossed-off and not explained all that well in terms of character motivation, but on the whole, I did find the story to be well-told. The characters mostly worked most of the time, and while most of the secondary ones were one-dimensional and not fleshed-out much at all, Harper and Tolliver were at least multi-dimensional, compelling, and sympathetic. In terms of quick, engaging mystery that requires little deep thought, this book did a good job of filling its role. I typically look for more profound reading material than this, and probably won't return to the series anytime soon, but all in all, it really wasn't too bad.

  • Tina
    2018-12-12 19:48

    I have never read a Charlaine Harris book. I did not (and probably won't) read her Sookie Stackhouse series because a) I discovered them when my vampire paranormal reading enjoyment was seriously on the wane and 2)I really like the Alan Ball version of her books on HBO. So I prefer to stick with the televised series and not read the books. I hadn't realized until very recently that she wrote other series. I saw a blurb on the most recent Harper Connelly book and it looked very interesting so I decided to start at the beginning.This series follows Harper Connelly, a woman who was struck by lightning at the age of 12 and who, as a result, can find dead people. She can also tell how they died. She sees the last moments of their life. Because of her special skills she finds that she is in demand from various people for various reasons. People will hire her to learn about the death of their loved ones. But even though she is hired, she is also the subject of fear, ridicule, derision and sometimes harassment because of it. She is accompanied by her step brother Tolliver who acts as her manager of sorts. He also grounds her. Her ability can be debilitating and because of her being a lightning strike survivor, Harper has some issues both psychological and physical. In this book the two of them are hired by the richest widow of a small town in the South to find the body of a missing teenager. Harper does, but finding the body of Teenie Harper sets off a series of events that serve to unearth a whole host of unsavory town secrets. The story itself is a fairly standard sort of small town secrets, murder mystery dealie. What set this book apart for me was learning about Harper and Tolliver. I think Harris does a superb job of revealing their family background in such a way that makes it informative and interesting without it being a data dump or too expositional. And what a family background it is. I often talk about an author who can add texture to a book, and Harris does it extremely well just by giving Harper and Tolliver the family background she has.I also like how she positions Harper and Tolliver toward each other. They staunchly introduce each other and brother and sister, but in fact they share no blood relation at all. There is a sexual tension underneath their dealings with each other that is very, very subtle. Again, kudos to the writer for not making it glaring, romance novel obvious. There are just ephermal whiffs of it that peep through once or twice even as they are pursuing sexual relationships with other people.I highly recommend.

  • Tatiana
    2018-11-13 21:01

    "Grave Sight" is the first book in Harris' newest mystery series. After reading her Sookie Stackhouse books, I checked out all her other series. I am weirdly addicted to Charlaine's writing and her books will probably forever remain my guilty pleasure. I liked all Aurora Teagarden books (this librarian who lives in a tiny southern town sure finds herself in a middle of murder investigations quite often) and disliked Lily Bard series (too much pointless violence). I think I will like Harper Connelly.This series has a little paranormal element to it, but it's very far from being an outright urban fantasy (like Sookie books are). After being struck by lightning, Harper can "feel" dead bodies and their causes of death. This is the extent of "paranormalcy," the rest is just straight mystery. In this book Harper and her step brother Tolliver are invited to Sarne, a small AR town, to help find body of a missing teenage girl. The body is found very quickly, but this discovery for some mysterious reason triggers a series of crimes, some against Harper and Tolliver. The two are forced to stay in town and eventually uncover who is behind these awful crimes.I enjoyed this book very much. I found the characters very interesting and vivid (Harris is at her best here), and mystery engaging. Even though I figured out who the perpetrator was early on, I still enjoyed the writing. I did find that Harper's back story was a bit of stretch - mother and stepfather attorneys who succumbed to their drug addiction, sister kidnapped, father in jail, the list goes on. Nevertheless, I am planning to continue reading about Harper, the 4th book in the series just came out.Reading challenge: #13 - mystery

  • Courtney
    2018-11-12 23:48

    One of Charlaine Harris' mystery series, with a touch of the supernatural mixed in. After being struck by lightning in her teens, Harper gains the ability to see the last few moments of a person's life when she comes in contact with their body. As an adult, she makes the best of her ability by helping people find closure by locating the remains of their missing relatives. Harper, along with her stepbrother Tolliver, come to the Ozarks looking for the body of a teen girl in what is believed to be a murder/suicide. Doubts quickly arise as to the true nature of the crime, and the pair are introduced to the darker side of the small town as the search for a killer begins. Matters are complicated as they themselves are threatened by unknown sources - the killer? Or just members of the town who mistrust Harper, and her abilities...~*~*~*~*~I didn't mind this series (more the first three books, though). A lot of the characters speech and behaviour seem similar to those of Sookie & Cast from the True Blood series - Southern mannerisms, I suppose. Fans of the True Blood books may like this series more than her other mysteries, as it does include some supernatural influence.This first book is a quick mystery, convoluted enough to keep readers interested as they try to figure out who is behind the deaths. The small-town cast is fairly easy to keep track of, and everyone seems to be connected somehow. Good for more the cozy-mystery set, I think, than fans of 'Detective Noirs' for example.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2018-12-07 17:05

    I'm probably only one of two people in the world who isn't a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series, but I was definitely looking forward to reading Charlaine Harris's GRAVE SIGHT. I wasn't disappointed--I think this book is an excellent start to a new series. Harper and her brother, Tolliver, are both interesting and well-developed characters with the requisite flaws to keep them entertaining. When Harper was a teen-ager, she was struck by lightning--and given an extraordinary gift in the form of the ability to find dead bodies, and relive their last moments of life (i.e. tell how they died). She travels around the country with her brother as her assistant/bodyguard/accountant, traveling to aid whoever has hired her to find the body of a loved one or determine if they met with foul play. As they travel to the town of Sarne, the bodies start piling up, Harper and Tolliver are suddenly suspects in a murder, and the suspect list just keeps growing and growing. The outcome was definitely, at least to me, unexpected, and I thoroughly enjoyed this beginning of Ms. Harris's new series. The only small problem I had with the book was it's verrrrry slow-moving pace. I felt like the whole book could have been told in about 100 less pages, but it might just be that I was feeling in a hurry. Overall, GRAVE SIGHT was a dark, brooding, suspenseful read--just the kind I like!

  • Lisa
    2018-11-28 19:46

    Thank goodness Charlaine Harris has more than one series going, so I can continue to get my fix! This woman is an extremely talented writer and has come up with another character worth reading about. Harper Connelly is a woman who was struck by lightning as a teen, and this has left her with the ability to find dead bodies and say what they died of. She makes her living doing this, which is the core of this book series. In Grave Sight, Harper is called to a town to find the body of a young girl who was supposedly killed by her boyfriend, who then committed suicide. Harper finds the body and when she "reads" the boyfriend's grave, she discovers that he was also murdered. Harper and her brother get involved in the unraveling case of these murders, and others that are related. I was guessing "whodunit" right up until the end. And, with her other book series, Charlaine Harris gives us something to think about as we empathize with the main characters. In this case, Harper Connelly has to deal every day with people who think she is a con artist and who not only treat her rudely, but threaten her safety. Harris has hit another home run with this series.

  • Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI.Oh, and accronyms :P}
    2018-11-22 00:57

    This was the first Charlaine Harris book I'd read so didn't know what to expect. Story-wise it's a good mystery and I didn't guess the ending until...well, the end. I just never really felt connected to the characters though. Harper is really hard to figure out, one minute she's streetsmart and mouthy, the next she's a wreck and can't function because she's like a little-girl-lost. I'm not sure if this will be explained a little more in the next books but so far she's not that likeable. Her brother Tolliver is a bit of a mystery too and I'm still not sure what makes him tick.It's a good book but I'm hoping it will become a bit more fleshed out in the rest of the series. I was hoping for more of her special ability of being able to 'speak' to the departed and the story did revolve around this, but there wasn't very much of that side of things this time.It held my interest to find out where things were headed all the way through so I'd recommend it, but it's a fairly quick read and if I'm honest not a lot happened in this one.

  • Carolyn F.
    2018-11-20 00:53

    Reread this time by audiobook - I also have the paperback.Harper can find dead bodies and figure out how people died. She's hired to go to a town to look for a missing girl and get embroiled in a huge F-up there. I really like these books but just to warn you they're very dark and not humerous at all. As I was listening to this book I started to realize that Charlaine Harris is one deep woman. Her books are so different and so intriguing. She really is a talented writer.

  • Holly Full Moon Bites Book Reviews
    2018-11-26 01:02

    May have slight spoilers.In this first novel of Charlaine Harris’s Harper Connelly series we meet Harper and her stepbrother and manager Tolliver; Harper has a talent for finding dead people after being struck by lightening and now helps people out to find their loved ones and sometimes just tells them the cause of death.Right now they are in Sarne, looking for the body of Monteen "Teenie" Hopkins, who disappeared after her client Sybil Teague son’s Dell death. The only problem is that nobody really wants Harper there, especially after the body is found, two other body are confirmed as ‘murdered’ and another death strikes Sarne again.I admit that I think I may have liked this book a whole lot more the first time I read it. Not to say I did not like it, it is a good novel, unique plot, the mystery kept me guess, even this time around truthfully I had for got who the bad guy was, so it held my attention. I found Harper to be a intriguing character her talents is still nothing I have read in any other book, that I can remember, but I think I found Tolliver even more interesting. Probably because he wasn’t the main character so though we ‘know’ him and about him, we never really got in his head like we did Harper’s.The ‘hot romance’ in this book just didn’t, well; to me it wasn’t very ‘hot’. I read a lot of erotica so that could be the reason for my thinking it was kind of lacking; I do suppose for a mystery novel the elements of the romance was quite interesting but I still found it kind of lacking.Altogether, I liked this book, for the first book in the series it gives you all the details of the characters, uncovers their mysteries so to speak as well it gives us the next book setting, too. I would recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in a good paranormal read.

  • Aimee
    2018-12-11 17:56

    I'm not sure how I feel about this one yet. I'm a fan of Ms. Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. So I decided to check this one out. At first I was really enjoying it. I started connecting with the characters right away. Then about halfway through it all just fell apart. Even though it was written in first person, it seemed distant. And when I'm reading first person, I want to feel like I'm part of the story. While reading this one, I didn't feel like I was really in Harper's head. I felt like I was outside looking in. In the end, though, I was interested enough to seek out the second book.

  • Abbie
    2018-11-17 23:04

    I really liked this one, especially since it's got me out of my bad book run!"Grave sight" was full of mystery, and it was done really well.There was so many suspicious deaths to crack, and secrets to uncover, so it never got boring.I really liked the main character, Harper.The majority of people treated her horribly, and always tried to belittle her and her gift.Harper wouldn't take any crap from them though, and never got embarrassed over her gift.I loved the relationship between her and her step brother, It was so sweet how he joined her with every trip, and he was really protective over her.Overall, it was a really enjoyable read. I'll be reading the sequels soon.

  • Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
    2018-12-10 20:07

    Harper Connelly has a special ability. She can sense where dead people are and how they died. When she and her brother Tolliver get called to the town of Sarne Arkansas, she finds much more than the body she was paid to recover. Harper is not the most endearing heroine we've ever read about. Nor was the mystery very difficult to figure out. But for me it all worked as something different than anything else I've read lately. I'd go 3.75 stars but will round up for originality.

  • Shannon The Show Stopper
    2018-11-22 00:59

    I love quirky characters and stories that are totally different. I hit the jackpot with this series! As much as I love Harper and Tolliver... the truth is they're weird. This series is part mystery, part semi-paranormal with a little bit of taboo romance thrown in to boot! It's one of my favorites!

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-14 19:08

    After reading the Lily Bard series, I have to admit to being a little disappointed by Harper Connolly. The book seemed slow and it took forever to resolve. I'll continue on in the series to see if there's improvement.

  • Sara
    2018-11-11 17:08

    Really love this series. Fell in love with the characters.

  • Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*
    2018-11-15 20:07

    I would have given this book 3 1/2 stars if I had the option. I enjoyed it. I started this series because the author wrote the books that the "True Blood" HBO series is based on. I like that show!

  • Sylviereads
    2018-11-20 18:53

    Es war besser als ich gedacht hätte und es wurde mit der Zeit immer spannender 🙃. Hat mich zum Teil an Supernatural und Ghost Whisperer erinnert, aber war doch ganz anders..