This title is not available in our membership service

We’re working with the publisher to make it available as soon as possible.

Request Title
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.
Published: Penguin Group on
ISBN: 9781101205600
List price: $7.99
Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
Availability for Grave Sight
  1. This book can be read on up to 6 mobile devices.
This book has been a fun vacation ready, and I'm glad to be introduced to this series by Charlaine Harris. (I've already read a couple of titles from her Lily Bard series, and enjoyed them as well.)

I was intrigued by the main character, Harper Connelly, and her ability of find dead people--which she does for a living. I read a review that compared this book series to the television show, "Medium," and I can see that now. The author has the Harper Connelly character handle this ability with mostly grace and professionalism, and sometimes with impatience that's understandable. The impatience, when it happens, seems to come at the crass remarks of ill-mannered clients, people who pay her to find a dead body but are uncomfortable with it for a variety of reasons.

I'm still trying to see what Harper Connelly's stepbrother, Tolliver, really adds to the series. There were times when his character seemed like a distraction to the story, and it frustrated me when Connelly seemed emotionally dependent on him. Perhaps I'll understand their relationship better as I read more of the series.

The story line was usually interesting, and I didn't get whodunit before the end.more
Great beginning to a new series by the author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I've got the second and third book and can't wait to read them. The characters are believable, the storyline intriguing and gripping. Well done Charlaine Harris!more
I don't know what, but something was missing to get me interested here. I skimmed trough other half of the book just to see 'who did it'...more
Rereading the series. I think I do enjoy it more than the Sookie Stackhouse books. The characters here are so well done and the relationships wonderfully complicated.more
I picked this one up because I enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries as a real diversion and although the concept was interesting I wasn't entirely swept up.

As a "book between books," it was fine. I may read the next in the series at some point, but it's not a big priority.more
Interesting premise from an author that I always enjoy, with a much grittier feeling than the Southern Vampire Mysteries. I go to Charlaine Harris novels when I want to be entertained, and she never lets me down. This was a fun read, and I'll check out the rest of the books in the series. Hoping that the ending exposition isn't doled out in one big chunk again, though.more
I had been reading the "Dead/Sookie Stackhouse" books by Charlaine when she came out with Grave Sight. A paranormal mystery with Harper as the main character. After being struck by lightening, she is now able to communicate with the dead. Tolliver is her sort of brother, constant companion and manager.

Very quick read - not as funny as her Stackhouse books, but still quite enjoyable. Recommended if you like a lighter mystery (lighter compared to James Patterson or John Sandford) with a paranormal twist.more
Harper Conelly finds the dead, and once she's found them, she knows how they died. For a price, you can hire her to use her peculiar skill set to either attempt to locate a missing (dead) person, and/or to provide a cause of death. Hired to locate the body of a missing teen, Harper and her step-brother Tolliver do their job. Unfortunately, they stumble into far more local politics - and local secrets - than are healthy.Quirky and interesting. Definitely a page-turner.more
Couldn't finish. It was boring.more
Read from May 15 to 16, 2012Read for FunOverall Rating 4.00Story Rating 3.75Character Rating 4.25Audio Rating (not part of the overall rating): 4.00First thought when finished: I really enjoyed this story!What I Loved: Harper Connelly is a quirky, off-beat, and different type of leading character and I LOVED that about her. She embraces her gift of being able to tell how someone died and even turns it into a career. I am still not sure if the career is finding dead people or if it is identifying how someone died. It could be either and both would be super useful. Even though she is constantly met with cynicism she still helps people when she can. The mystery was pretty strong in this story and I enjoyed working it out. I figured out part of it half way through but the last twist I did not see coming. That is always fun!What I Liked: I really enjoyed learning a little bit about Harper's back story and getting glimpses of her family. I think these little windows into her past really rounded out Harper as a character and I can't wait to learn more.Audio Specific Review: Alyssa Bresnahan did a pretty good job at the narration. It took a bit to warm up to the male voices but I think she pulled off Harper well!Final Thought: This was a pretty good little mystery with a quirky lead character that I really liked!more
Like Sookie, Harper is very close to her [step]brother Tolliver and together they rent her abilities to the authorities and families of the deceased/missing to help solve crimes and bring closure. Harper too has gone through some challenging experiences from childhood to her teens, barely keeping it together so Social Services won't look their way and keep her and her siblings apart. Her youngest sister went missing and it's Harper's mission to find out what happened to her.With that being said, I struggled with Grave Sight, CHarris is a wonderful writer but Harper is a hard nut to crack. She's cold and I can almost see the walls she put up to turn off other people and readers too! Her defense mechanism is down pat that we can hardly see her world through her eyes and just stay focused on her work and what's happening around her.more
A solid start to the Harper Connelly series, and a solid entry in the subgenre of "paranormal mystery". I can't say that there was anything really startling or fresh about it, but it was one of those books that slip down seemingly without effort, and so it made for a very pleasant read (it was recommended to me by my sister for the new tradition of All Hallows Read, and I think she made a good choice).more
What a nice surprise. I have read Harris' Sookie series and thought this might be along the same lines. It kinda is, but it has a darker feel to it than Sookie. I guess one "knows" that Harper will survive, but... every scene that came up I wondered if she was going to get hurt, or arrested, or... something.There is a lot of character development, but it was slipped right into the story without making you feel like you were getting a time-out to learn something.I never try to figure out a plot before the end so while I was not really surprised at who the bad guy was, I spent the book not fully convinced it wasn't Harper's boyfriend all along. Though I will admit that Harper could have figured it out just a bit faster than she did... but anyway... I'll certainly read the rest of this series.more
Harper Connelly was struck by lightening as a teen and lived to tell about it. In fact, as a result of the electric bolt, she now can find others who have died and by being near the bodies, determine how they died, although she can't see the murderers when foul play is involved. With the help of her "brother" Tolliver Lang, they hire out across the country to assist in locating missing persons. In many cases, they provide information to local law enforcement personnel often giving them a different take on how the victims died. In Grave Sight, Harper not only finds the body of a murdered missing young lady, but also establishes that her dead boyfriend, originally ruled a suicide, did not in fact kill himself. She and her brother are held in town until the local sheriff and police can solve the mystery, in spite of Harper's insistence that she can't "see" the identity of the perpetrator.It's a pleasant read, and the reader has a fairly good inkling about 1/2 way through of who dunnit, but the story is so well written, it's easy to continue to the end to see if the hunches are correct.more
great story. characters were likable and the story was well written. :)more
Charlene Harris has a talent for writing about the different and the damaged; Harper Connelly is both.Harris’ smooth writing style makes this book an easy read but that is not to say that the book is without substance. Harper Connelly and her brother are both people I want to know more about: ethical, loyal, brave and broken.Harris gives Connelly a distinctive and compelling voice. This is a woman who sees the world differently and is brave enough not to look away.Of course, there is a plot, complex enough to be intriguing and transparent enough to let you smugly anticipate the ending, but the plot is much less important than the characterization and the back story.Connelly can attribute her strangeness to neglectful, abusive parents and a bolt of lightning. The people she meets have no excuse for the monstrous things that they do or allow other people to do.As she does in her Sookie Stackhouse books, Harris leaves me feeling that the taken-for-granted violence and hatred in America is far more frightening and repellent than anything supernatural.I recommend that you buy not just this book, but the three that follow it, because I think that, like me, you will want to move from one book to the next in quick succession.more
This was the right book at the right time-- A quirky, slightly twisted lightweight read.more
The start of a new series, this paranormal mystery about a young woman struck by lighting who can now locate the dead and see the moment of their passing is surprisingly good. Though it doesn't take long for the reader to figure out the mystery, it really doesn't matter- it is the characters that carry this book along amd make it impossible to put down. I've read other books by Harris and enjoyed them, but this is head and shoulders above The Southern Vampire Series or the Aurora Teagarden mysteries. Highly recommended even if you don't normally enjoy Charlaine Harris.more
A fun foray into the paranormal. Thoroughly enjoyable. A definite fun read.more
Well, I'll say this for Charlaine Harris... she certainly has a very readable style. As one who has kept on reading all the Sookie Stackhouse novels, no matter what weird fairy things happen, I know that Harris has a style that flows very easily and she can usually come up with characters in complicated situations... who aren't all that complicated themselves (or at least not overly so). Here with Grave Sight and the launch of the Harper Connelly Mysteries series, we have another southern female narrator with a weird gift and without much education (though she's got plenty of street-smarts and likes to read) who manages to stir up trouble wherever she goes.Harper Connelly can find dead people. After surviving a lightning strike as a teenager, Harper found herself able to "feel" dead bodies, the sense manifesting as a kind of buzzing in her mind. Every corpse gives off a tingle, even if it's centuries old, though the feeling grows more intense if the person died more recently. Her way of explaining this is that everyone, particularly those who did not die of natural causes, wants to be found. She can also tell exactly how the person died, often catching a glimpse of their final moments (though this almost never reveals who a killer could be, just the cause of death). She now makes a living off of this ability -- contacted mostly by the families of missing persons who have come to grips with the likely conclusion that their loved one is dead and the remains simply need to be found. Given a bead on where the body could be, Harper can locate it and explain the cause of death. She can't find missing persons (particularly if they're still alive), she can only find death... but she hopes this gives the families of the deceased some closure.She works with her step-brother Tolliver Lang, who's a few years older than Harper and runs the business end of things -- the schedule, the payments, all of that. While not actually siblings, the two rely pretty heavily on each other (though sometimes Harper wonders what keeps Tolliver around, as she needs him a bit more). They didn't have a terribly easy childhood. Harper at least remembers a time when her family was well-off and whole, when she and her older sister Cameron were like any other middle-class kids without issues. Before their parents divorced. Before her mother married Tolliver's dad (when Tolliver and Harper were teens). Before their parents dissolved their lives in drugs and alcohol, plunging the kids into a life of hiding their home situation from authorities and raising two new half-sisters almost entirely on their own. Tolliver and his brother Mark didn't fall as far as the girls did in terms of social standing, but no one came out well. Mark, as the oldest, escaped the trailer and brought food when he could. Mark and Harper raised the little girls. And then Cameron was taken -- snatched off the road, leaving only her backpack behind and never found. The authorities swooped in and the little girls were given to a strict aunt for adoption. Mark assumed guardianship of Tolliver; Harper was put in foster care. Harper knows that one day, she'll find her sister's body and then they'll finally know at least a part of what happened, but for now, she and Tolliver drive across the country, working as "consultants" and finding the dead loved ones of others.The particular case that Grave Sight focuses on involves a pair of teenagers -- a boy named Dell who was shot and whose body was located, and his girlfriend named Teenie, who disappeared. Harper has been brought in to find Teenie and perhaps qwell rumors that he killed her before committing suicide (or that she killed him and ran), but even when Harper manages this with relative speed, the case is far from over as she and her brother find themselves stuck in a town that does not want them there... in danger from a killer that has a secret s/he wants no one else to know.In the end, the killer is obvious, but the road to get there is a perfectly acceptable crime/mystery novel, and the supernatural element of Harper's powers keeps the reader pretty aware of just who's telling the story. Harper seems like a slightly harder version of Sookie. People are frightened of her because of a weird gift; she's been knocked about a bit and so she's more likely to be blunt; and she has her very own indulgent activity (Sookie was suntans, Harper is manicures). AND Harper has dark hair. Clearly it's night and day here, folks. Despite these obviously overwhelming differences, it does take a while to shake the initial image of Miss Stackhouse for a reader who's used to Bon Temps, but eventually one sees enough of a difference in the storylines to pull away from Fangtasia. Tolliver is not as well-drawn as his sister, but he didn't immediately call to mind a counterpart from the other series (he's certainly no Bill or Eric). Their dynamic will clearly be the oddity at the heart of the series -- a brother-and-sister pair that aren't really brother-and-sister and so things could get weird. They both seem to think the other might be better off without this lifestyle so that they could settle down to do the marriage-and-kids thing, but neither is making that move (though Harper does dream of them buying a house together eventually). Perhaps one thing that was missing from this that I thought rather typified a fun Harris novel was a sex scene with odd descriptions or moments. Not that the sex is odd, it's just that sometimes there's a weird moment that makes one pause or even laugh out loud. I still recall Sookie's breasts quivering like puppies wanting to be petted. There is some sex here, but it's not described in any detail. It seemed oddly modest for the woman who once wrote about breasts as small animals. With Grave Sight, Charlaine Harris has created another interesting character, but I'm not entirely sure if she's up to the task of the usual crime/mystery novelist where plotlines can get repetitive and the characters don't always progress much in their own lives. I think Harris is too interested in her characters to hold to the standard format for long, but I suppose we'll see. She does maintain her very Charlaine Harris sense of humor, which is part of what makes her style so identifiable. A particularly favorite moment of mine occurred during a fight where narrator-Harper said something like "the gun fell from his hand--yay!" before the struggle continued. It lets you know that even if she's creating a crime novel, Harris knows the reader is there for enjoyment and she's enjoying the ride, too.It's a very fast read and for those Harris fans looking to tide themselves over to the next Sookie book, this first Harper mystery is perfectly satisfying for what it is. If I sound overly critical, let me emphasize again that I thought it was fun and I'll definitely be reading the next one... I'm just not sure if this series will have the same staying power as the Sookie books. If anyone could make a go of it as far as paranormal mystery is concerned, though, it's going to be Ms. Charlaine Harris.more
I've read this book two times now and will probably read it again in a few months. I love the pacing, the quirky problems of the main character, and the who-done-it aspect of this book. I also like the clean writing style of the author; every word is needed and yet the world is very rich and deep.more
Grave Sight is the first book in the Harper Connelly series written by Charlaine Harris. I picked this up for a bit of fun, and a so-called 'trashy' read and it didn't disappoint. Main character Harper has the ability to find dead bodies, as well as being able to determine how they died. I thought this concept was interesting enough to pursue for a light read.The book had a very promising start with Harper and her brother taking on paying jobs for clients who need her services. However; the entire novel focussed on one job for a client situated in a smallish USA town (albeit with multiple bodies), and contained too much romance for my liking.I would have enjoyed Grave Sight so much more if I was able to follow Harper working for many different clients over a greater period of time. It certainly would have provided more scope for the author and more variety for the reader. Having said that, it was an entertaining read and is probably best suited for Young Adult readers.more
Interesting to read a non Sookie Stackhouse novel from Ms. Harris. This is still told in first person which is not my favorite literary style, but nonetheless while damaged and somewhat fragile like Sookie, this is a completely different character. This book focused much more on human interactions with the living, with the dead, and with the unknown. So while somewhat supernatural in nature it doesn't have a fantastical feel to it like the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I will continue reading this series, and I hope that it turns out to be more than a one hit wonder.more
Love everything by Charlaine Harris! This is no exception.more
So many of my friends have been reading the Sookeh + VamPAR Bel books (and I admit, I watch True Blood), that I thought I'd give Harris spin for some guilty pleasure. I choose the Harper Connolly mysteries as the entry way since I knew that much of the Southern Mysteries book were veering left and right of True Blood.With all of that being said, these books are merely mediocre. The writing is kind of stilted and I feel as though Harris spends so much time describing the characters more than she does providing plot or actions to push the plot through. There is just something wooden about Harper (protangonist) that I am hoping that book 2 is better than book 1. But what I do like is the premise - it is the back story that Harris concocts that seems a bit far-fatched (yes, yes, considering all the shenanigans with VamPAR Bel and Sookeh, this should not surprise me but I mean, c'mon, laying down that much backstory in the first book in a planned series seems a bit much.).more
Lightning Struck Harper Connelly can now feel the energy of the dead, and the newer the stronger. Great new idea for a series by Charlaine Harris. I found this book refreshing with a great new storyline and entertaining characters.more
I really really liked this book. Very quick, easy, light, yet not boring or simple. Harper Connelly has a "gift" of being able to "hear" how people have died. They call to her and she literally vibrates with the energy of them. When she is near their bodies, she will actually see how their last moments on this earth were. She can't see who did them harm if that was the case, but she does feel what they felt. Her step-brother Tolliver is her side kick and he is ultra protective of her. I loved seeing how they interact together. Harper gets very frightened in storms, that's how she got her gift - being struck by lightening. He comes to her side immediately and that was very touching.Many doubt her gift thinking she's a phony, and many are angry to pay her for her service, and this aggravates both her and Tolliver. Understandable as she tries to explain this to a young 16 yr old Mary Nell whose brother Harper has freed from the suspicion of suicide, that she would expect to be paid if she were a therapist. As their stay in the town gets more convoluted with more of the dead piping up to poor Harper, it seems someone in the town does not want her there anymore and some very nasty things start happening. This takes place in a somewhat backwards small and small minded southern town where they think she is evil. The suspense is building all the way to someone actually shooting at her! I had my suspicions as to the who, but it didn't take away from the fun of this book.Miss Charlaine is just a great author in my opinion. She crafts great characters that you really want to know better. When I can breeze through a book and feel really good reading it, that author is aces for me. I will most definitely continue on with the next in this series Grave Surprise.more
This is the first of a series about a women named Harper, who has the power of knowing how a person died when she gets close to the body. I was intrested in Harris books because I'm a fan of the show Trueblood, but never wanted to start reading the Sookie Stakehouse series. So, I thought I'd try this. Intresting characters,quick read, but I not my cup of tea.more
Harper was hit by lightening when she was a child and now she can hear the last moments of anyone's life while she's near their body. She and her brother travel around, giving a voice to the dead, usually without thanks from the families.Charlaine Harris has created more layered and sympathetic characters in this series and there's a lot of promise for good mysteries and great development. But I'm not sure I can read another book about Harper and her brother. Too much bad has happened to them, and continues to happen. It's a great read but makes me so sad.more
Read all 62 reviews

Reviews

This book has been a fun vacation ready, and I'm glad to be introduced to this series by Charlaine Harris. (I've already read a couple of titles from her Lily Bard series, and enjoyed them as well.)

I was intrigued by the main character, Harper Connelly, and her ability of find dead people--which she does for a living. I read a review that compared this book series to the television show, "Medium," and I can see that now. The author has the Harper Connelly character handle this ability with mostly grace and professionalism, and sometimes with impatience that's understandable. The impatience, when it happens, seems to come at the crass remarks of ill-mannered clients, people who pay her to find a dead body but are uncomfortable with it for a variety of reasons.

I'm still trying to see what Harper Connelly's stepbrother, Tolliver, really adds to the series. There were times when his character seemed like a distraction to the story, and it frustrated me when Connelly seemed emotionally dependent on him. Perhaps I'll understand their relationship better as I read more of the series.

The story line was usually interesting, and I didn't get whodunit before the end.more
Great beginning to a new series by the author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I've got the second and third book and can't wait to read them. The characters are believable, the storyline intriguing and gripping. Well done Charlaine Harris!more
I don't know what, but something was missing to get me interested here. I skimmed trough other half of the book just to see 'who did it'...more
Rereading the series. I think I do enjoy it more than the Sookie Stackhouse books. The characters here are so well done and the relationships wonderfully complicated.more
I picked this one up because I enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries as a real diversion and although the concept was interesting I wasn't entirely swept up.

As a "book between books," it was fine. I may read the next in the series at some point, but it's not a big priority.more
Interesting premise from an author that I always enjoy, with a much grittier feeling than the Southern Vampire Mysteries. I go to Charlaine Harris novels when I want to be entertained, and she never lets me down. This was a fun read, and I'll check out the rest of the books in the series. Hoping that the ending exposition isn't doled out in one big chunk again, though.more
I had been reading the "Dead/Sookie Stackhouse" books by Charlaine when she came out with Grave Sight. A paranormal mystery with Harper as the main character. After being struck by lightening, she is now able to communicate with the dead. Tolliver is her sort of brother, constant companion and manager.

Very quick read - not as funny as her Stackhouse books, but still quite enjoyable. Recommended if you like a lighter mystery (lighter compared to James Patterson or John Sandford) with a paranormal twist.more
Harper Conelly finds the dead, and once she's found them, she knows how they died. For a price, you can hire her to use her peculiar skill set to either attempt to locate a missing (dead) person, and/or to provide a cause of death. Hired to locate the body of a missing teen, Harper and her step-brother Tolliver do their job. Unfortunately, they stumble into far more local politics - and local secrets - than are healthy.Quirky and interesting. Definitely a page-turner.more
Couldn't finish. It was boring.more
Read from May 15 to 16, 2012Read for FunOverall Rating 4.00Story Rating 3.75Character Rating 4.25Audio Rating (not part of the overall rating): 4.00First thought when finished: I really enjoyed this story!What I Loved: Harper Connelly is a quirky, off-beat, and different type of leading character and I LOVED that about her. She embraces her gift of being able to tell how someone died and even turns it into a career. I am still not sure if the career is finding dead people or if it is identifying how someone died. It could be either and both would be super useful. Even though she is constantly met with cynicism she still helps people when she can. The mystery was pretty strong in this story and I enjoyed working it out. I figured out part of it half way through but the last twist I did not see coming. That is always fun!What I Liked: I really enjoyed learning a little bit about Harper's back story and getting glimpses of her family. I think these little windows into her past really rounded out Harper as a character and I can't wait to learn more.Audio Specific Review: Alyssa Bresnahan did a pretty good job at the narration. It took a bit to warm up to the male voices but I think she pulled off Harper well!Final Thought: This was a pretty good little mystery with a quirky lead character that I really liked!more
Like Sookie, Harper is very close to her [step]brother Tolliver and together they rent her abilities to the authorities and families of the deceased/missing to help solve crimes and bring closure. Harper too has gone through some challenging experiences from childhood to her teens, barely keeping it together so Social Services won't look their way and keep her and her siblings apart. Her youngest sister went missing and it's Harper's mission to find out what happened to her.With that being said, I struggled with Grave Sight, CHarris is a wonderful writer but Harper is a hard nut to crack. She's cold and I can almost see the walls she put up to turn off other people and readers too! Her defense mechanism is down pat that we can hardly see her world through her eyes and just stay focused on her work and what's happening around her.more
A solid start to the Harper Connelly series, and a solid entry in the subgenre of "paranormal mystery". I can't say that there was anything really startling or fresh about it, but it was one of those books that slip down seemingly without effort, and so it made for a very pleasant read (it was recommended to me by my sister for the new tradition of All Hallows Read, and I think she made a good choice).more
What a nice surprise. I have read Harris' Sookie series and thought this might be along the same lines. It kinda is, but it has a darker feel to it than Sookie. I guess one "knows" that Harper will survive, but... every scene that came up I wondered if she was going to get hurt, or arrested, or... something.There is a lot of character development, but it was slipped right into the story without making you feel like you were getting a time-out to learn something.I never try to figure out a plot before the end so while I was not really surprised at who the bad guy was, I spent the book not fully convinced it wasn't Harper's boyfriend all along. Though I will admit that Harper could have figured it out just a bit faster than she did... but anyway... I'll certainly read the rest of this series.more
Harper Connelly was struck by lightening as a teen and lived to tell about it. In fact, as a result of the electric bolt, she now can find others who have died and by being near the bodies, determine how they died, although she can't see the murderers when foul play is involved. With the help of her "brother" Tolliver Lang, they hire out across the country to assist in locating missing persons. In many cases, they provide information to local law enforcement personnel often giving them a different take on how the victims died. In Grave Sight, Harper not only finds the body of a murdered missing young lady, but also establishes that her dead boyfriend, originally ruled a suicide, did not in fact kill himself. She and her brother are held in town until the local sheriff and police can solve the mystery, in spite of Harper's insistence that she can't "see" the identity of the perpetrator.It's a pleasant read, and the reader has a fairly good inkling about 1/2 way through of who dunnit, but the story is so well written, it's easy to continue to the end to see if the hunches are correct.more
great story. characters were likable and the story was well written. :)more
Charlene Harris has a talent for writing about the different and the damaged; Harper Connelly is both.Harris’ smooth writing style makes this book an easy read but that is not to say that the book is without substance. Harper Connelly and her brother are both people I want to know more about: ethical, loyal, brave and broken.Harris gives Connelly a distinctive and compelling voice. This is a woman who sees the world differently and is brave enough not to look away.Of course, there is a plot, complex enough to be intriguing and transparent enough to let you smugly anticipate the ending, but the plot is much less important than the characterization and the back story.Connelly can attribute her strangeness to neglectful, abusive parents and a bolt of lightning. The people she meets have no excuse for the monstrous things that they do or allow other people to do.As she does in her Sookie Stackhouse books, Harris leaves me feeling that the taken-for-granted violence and hatred in America is far more frightening and repellent than anything supernatural.I recommend that you buy not just this book, but the three that follow it, because I think that, like me, you will want to move from one book to the next in quick succession.more
This was the right book at the right time-- A quirky, slightly twisted lightweight read.more
The start of a new series, this paranormal mystery about a young woman struck by lighting who can now locate the dead and see the moment of their passing is surprisingly good. Though it doesn't take long for the reader to figure out the mystery, it really doesn't matter- it is the characters that carry this book along amd make it impossible to put down. I've read other books by Harris and enjoyed them, but this is head and shoulders above The Southern Vampire Series or the Aurora Teagarden mysteries. Highly recommended even if you don't normally enjoy Charlaine Harris.more
A fun foray into the paranormal. Thoroughly enjoyable. A definite fun read.more
Well, I'll say this for Charlaine Harris... she certainly has a very readable style. As one who has kept on reading all the Sookie Stackhouse novels, no matter what weird fairy things happen, I know that Harris has a style that flows very easily and she can usually come up with characters in complicated situations... who aren't all that complicated themselves (or at least not overly so). Here with Grave Sight and the launch of the Harper Connelly Mysteries series, we have another southern female narrator with a weird gift and without much education (though she's got plenty of street-smarts and likes to read) who manages to stir up trouble wherever she goes.Harper Connelly can find dead people. After surviving a lightning strike as a teenager, Harper found herself able to "feel" dead bodies, the sense manifesting as a kind of buzzing in her mind. Every corpse gives off a tingle, even if it's centuries old, though the feeling grows more intense if the person died more recently. Her way of explaining this is that everyone, particularly those who did not die of natural causes, wants to be found. She can also tell exactly how the person died, often catching a glimpse of their final moments (though this almost never reveals who a killer could be, just the cause of death). She now makes a living off of this ability -- contacted mostly by the families of missing persons who have come to grips with the likely conclusion that their loved one is dead and the remains simply need to be found. Given a bead on where the body could be, Harper can locate it and explain the cause of death. She can't find missing persons (particularly if they're still alive), she can only find death... but she hopes this gives the families of the deceased some closure.She works with her step-brother Tolliver Lang, who's a few years older than Harper and runs the business end of things -- the schedule, the payments, all of that. While not actually siblings, the two rely pretty heavily on each other (though sometimes Harper wonders what keeps Tolliver around, as she needs him a bit more). They didn't have a terribly easy childhood. Harper at least remembers a time when her family was well-off and whole, when she and her older sister Cameron were like any other middle-class kids without issues. Before their parents divorced. Before her mother married Tolliver's dad (when Tolliver and Harper were teens). Before their parents dissolved their lives in drugs and alcohol, plunging the kids into a life of hiding their home situation from authorities and raising two new half-sisters almost entirely on their own. Tolliver and his brother Mark didn't fall as far as the girls did in terms of social standing, but no one came out well. Mark, as the oldest, escaped the trailer and brought food when he could. Mark and Harper raised the little girls. And then Cameron was taken -- snatched off the road, leaving only her backpack behind and never found. The authorities swooped in and the little girls were given to a strict aunt for adoption. Mark assumed guardianship of Tolliver; Harper was put in foster care. Harper knows that one day, she'll find her sister's body and then they'll finally know at least a part of what happened, but for now, she and Tolliver drive across the country, working as "consultants" and finding the dead loved ones of others.The particular case that Grave Sight focuses on involves a pair of teenagers -- a boy named Dell who was shot and whose body was located, and his girlfriend named Teenie, who disappeared. Harper has been brought in to find Teenie and perhaps qwell rumors that he killed her before committing suicide (or that she killed him and ran), but even when Harper manages this with relative speed, the case is far from over as she and her brother find themselves stuck in a town that does not want them there... in danger from a killer that has a secret s/he wants no one else to know.In the end, the killer is obvious, but the road to get there is a perfectly acceptable crime/mystery novel, and the supernatural element of Harper's powers keeps the reader pretty aware of just who's telling the story. Harper seems like a slightly harder version of Sookie. People are frightened of her because of a weird gift; she's been knocked about a bit and so she's more likely to be blunt; and she has her very own indulgent activity (Sookie was suntans, Harper is manicures). AND Harper has dark hair. Clearly it's night and day here, folks. Despite these obviously overwhelming differences, it does take a while to shake the initial image of Miss Stackhouse for a reader who's used to Bon Temps, but eventually one sees enough of a difference in the storylines to pull away from Fangtasia. Tolliver is not as well-drawn as his sister, but he didn't immediately call to mind a counterpart from the other series (he's certainly no Bill or Eric). Their dynamic will clearly be the oddity at the heart of the series -- a brother-and-sister pair that aren't really brother-and-sister and so things could get weird. They both seem to think the other might be better off without this lifestyle so that they could settle down to do the marriage-and-kids thing, but neither is making that move (though Harper does dream of them buying a house together eventually). Perhaps one thing that was missing from this that I thought rather typified a fun Harris novel was a sex scene with odd descriptions or moments. Not that the sex is odd, it's just that sometimes there's a weird moment that makes one pause or even laugh out loud. I still recall Sookie's breasts quivering like puppies wanting to be petted. There is some sex here, but it's not described in any detail. It seemed oddly modest for the woman who once wrote about breasts as small animals. With Grave Sight, Charlaine Harris has created another interesting character, but I'm not entirely sure if she's up to the task of the usual crime/mystery novelist where plotlines can get repetitive and the characters don't always progress much in their own lives. I think Harris is too interested in her characters to hold to the standard format for long, but I suppose we'll see. She does maintain her very Charlaine Harris sense of humor, which is part of what makes her style so identifiable. A particularly favorite moment of mine occurred during a fight where narrator-Harper said something like "the gun fell from his hand--yay!" before the struggle continued. It lets you know that even if she's creating a crime novel, Harris knows the reader is there for enjoyment and she's enjoying the ride, too.It's a very fast read and for those Harris fans looking to tide themselves over to the next Sookie book, this first Harper mystery is perfectly satisfying for what it is. If I sound overly critical, let me emphasize again that I thought it was fun and I'll definitely be reading the next one... I'm just not sure if this series will have the same staying power as the Sookie books. If anyone could make a go of it as far as paranormal mystery is concerned, though, it's going to be Ms. Charlaine Harris.more
I've read this book two times now and will probably read it again in a few months. I love the pacing, the quirky problems of the main character, and the who-done-it aspect of this book. I also like the clean writing style of the author; every word is needed and yet the world is very rich and deep.more
Grave Sight is the first book in the Harper Connelly series written by Charlaine Harris. I picked this up for a bit of fun, and a so-called 'trashy' read and it didn't disappoint. Main character Harper has the ability to find dead bodies, as well as being able to determine how they died. I thought this concept was interesting enough to pursue for a light read.The book had a very promising start with Harper and her brother taking on paying jobs for clients who need her services. However; the entire novel focussed on one job for a client situated in a smallish USA town (albeit with multiple bodies), and contained too much romance for my liking.I would have enjoyed Grave Sight so much more if I was able to follow Harper working for many different clients over a greater period of time. It certainly would have provided more scope for the author and more variety for the reader. Having said that, it was an entertaining read and is probably best suited for Young Adult readers.more
Interesting to read a non Sookie Stackhouse novel from Ms. Harris. This is still told in first person which is not my favorite literary style, but nonetheless while damaged and somewhat fragile like Sookie, this is a completely different character. This book focused much more on human interactions with the living, with the dead, and with the unknown. So while somewhat supernatural in nature it doesn't have a fantastical feel to it like the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I will continue reading this series, and I hope that it turns out to be more than a one hit wonder.more
Love everything by Charlaine Harris! This is no exception.more
So many of my friends have been reading the Sookeh + VamPAR Bel books (and I admit, I watch True Blood), that I thought I'd give Harris spin for some guilty pleasure. I choose the Harper Connolly mysteries as the entry way since I knew that much of the Southern Mysteries book were veering left and right of True Blood.With all of that being said, these books are merely mediocre. The writing is kind of stilted and I feel as though Harris spends so much time describing the characters more than she does providing plot or actions to push the plot through. There is just something wooden about Harper (protangonist) that I am hoping that book 2 is better than book 1. But what I do like is the premise - it is the back story that Harris concocts that seems a bit far-fatched (yes, yes, considering all the shenanigans with VamPAR Bel and Sookeh, this should not surprise me but I mean, c'mon, laying down that much backstory in the first book in a planned series seems a bit much.).more
Lightning Struck Harper Connelly can now feel the energy of the dead, and the newer the stronger. Great new idea for a series by Charlaine Harris. I found this book refreshing with a great new storyline and entertaining characters.more
I really really liked this book. Very quick, easy, light, yet not boring or simple. Harper Connelly has a "gift" of being able to "hear" how people have died. They call to her and she literally vibrates with the energy of them. When she is near their bodies, she will actually see how their last moments on this earth were. She can't see who did them harm if that was the case, but she does feel what they felt. Her step-brother Tolliver is her side kick and he is ultra protective of her. I loved seeing how they interact together. Harper gets very frightened in storms, that's how she got her gift - being struck by lightening. He comes to her side immediately and that was very touching.Many doubt her gift thinking she's a phony, and many are angry to pay her for her service, and this aggravates both her and Tolliver. Understandable as she tries to explain this to a young 16 yr old Mary Nell whose brother Harper has freed from the suspicion of suicide, that she would expect to be paid if she were a therapist. As their stay in the town gets more convoluted with more of the dead piping up to poor Harper, it seems someone in the town does not want her there anymore and some very nasty things start happening. This takes place in a somewhat backwards small and small minded southern town where they think she is evil. The suspense is building all the way to someone actually shooting at her! I had my suspicions as to the who, but it didn't take away from the fun of this book.Miss Charlaine is just a great author in my opinion. She crafts great characters that you really want to know better. When I can breeze through a book and feel really good reading it, that author is aces for me. I will most definitely continue on with the next in this series Grave Surprise.more
This is the first of a series about a women named Harper, who has the power of knowing how a person died when she gets close to the body. I was intrested in Harris books because I'm a fan of the show Trueblood, but never wanted to start reading the Sookie Stakehouse series. So, I thought I'd try this. Intresting characters,quick read, but I not my cup of tea.more
Harper was hit by lightening when she was a child and now she can hear the last moments of anyone's life while she's near their body. She and her brother travel around, giving a voice to the dead, usually without thanks from the families.Charlaine Harris has created more layered and sympathetic characters in this series and there's a lot of promise for good mysteries and great development. But I'm not sure I can read another book about Harper and her brother. Too much bad has happened to them, and continues to happen. It's a great read but makes me so sad.more
Load more
scribd