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review 2015-09-24 09:03
"Grave Sight - Harper Connelly #1" by Charlaine Harris: - Harper Connelly is different, damaged and compelling
Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris

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.

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review 2015-04-14 19:18
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris

In this the first book of the Harper Connelly series Ms Harris introduces us to Harper, the survivor of a lightening strike. She managed to survive and beside the usual physical issues of that much electricity on the human body, Harper now knows where bodies are buried. She hears a buzzing that gets louder as she gets closer to the body. On top of that once she finds them she sees the final moments of their lives.


With her step brother, Tolliver, she drives around the country. Finding bodies or telling those who hire her how the person died, it is an odd living but one that she understands.


In this first book, Ms Harris has the pair brought into a small town to help find the body of a missing teenage girl. Problem is there is more to this missing girl than meets the eye. There is another dead teen, who most of the town believes committed suicide and a missing hunter who no one realized was out there.


With her usual mix of southern charm and mystery, this book is a great series for those of you looking for a mix of paranormal and mystery that has something different. There are no vampires or werewolves in this book, just a woman who finds the dead and reminds everyone that she is NOT a psychic. A fun read all around.

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review 2015-03-26 20:51
Grave Sight
Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris

3.25 stars.


This is my first book by the author and I have to ask, do a lot of her characters have unusual names? Tolliver, Hollis, Dell?


Then the rest. I was intrigued by the story but I wasn't entirely drawn in, some of the plot was just a little odd for me and everyone seemed related to everyone else in this small town.


I'm not sure just yet if I'll continue the series.

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review 2014-07-12 10:21
Grave Sight (Harper Connelly #1) by Charlaine Harris
Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris

I read Grave Sight very fast, so it must have been good. It definitely held my attention, probably because there was always something about to happen next and I was hardly able to put it down.


Most of the characters are sort-of roughly sketched, enough to give them personality and distinction, but not exploring them in-depth.


Harper, the main protagonist, is an exception. She is quite well explored, so the reader gets a good understanding of what shaped her and how she has been dealing with her past as well as  the present. I didn’t love her, but I liked her. Perhaps it was because she doesn’t let her issues defeat her, she struggles through them and – for the lack of a better word – lives.


Harper’s brother Tolliver is mostly just a shell, an extension of Harper, and their co-dependent relationship is somewhat annoying. I understand why it is the way it is, but still something was missing, some bit of information or evolvement. Perhaps we will get that in the second book.


The book is written in the first person point of view, which tends to be melodramatic, but that is not the case in Grave Sight. The only thing bothering me was the frequent repetition of how much people frown upon Harper’s way of earning her living.


Therefore, looking at the individual elements, Grave Sight feels like a 3-star book, but taking into account how much it hooked me, it deserves 4 stars. Especially because I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.


RECOMMENDATION: If you like a suspenseful story, with elements of crime novel mixed with a touch of paranormal, this fast and easy read is worth trying. Actually, I think Grave Sight is a perfect summer read.


This review was originally published on my book blog.

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review 2014-03-20 20:58
Review - Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris

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.

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