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Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, Bk 1)
Grave Sight - Harper Connelly, Bk 1
Author: Charlaine Harris
Harper Connelly, a strange young woman who -- after being struck by lightning as a child -- is able to locate dead people and determine exactly how they died. — Accompanied by her stepbrother, Tolliver (who works as her manager), Harper heads to small-town Arkansas for their next job. Her client is a socialite named Sybil Teague, who wants Harper...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425212899
ISBN-10: 0425212890
Publication Date: 9/26/2006
Pages: 320
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 794 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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algernon99 avatar reviewed Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, Bk 1) on + 413 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 26
What an interesting story! Harper Connelly, after being hit by lightning as a teenager, has the ability, when in the physical presence of a dead body, to communicate with it and see the cause of death. Usually she can also sense the name. She can "feel" the presence of bodies and is called in when they know generally where a body might be. She can usually find it. She can walk through a graveyard, pause at each grave, and recite the cause of death and the name of the person there interred. Amazing stuff.

What makes the book so interesting to me is that as we go along with the character, the ability is not amazing or fantastic or anything like that--it's just a workaday, normal reality for her. She goes from job to job--people hire her to either find bodies or determine causes of death--just doing what she knows how to do. It takes a talented author to sell such a thing, to make it believable and normal, which Charlaine Harris certainly does.

Of course, there are complications in some cases, and this book is about one such. Things don't add up as she finds bodies and causes of death, which are not what the local authorities and the people who hired her expected.

I can't wait for the next book in the series. I like Harris' Sookie Stackhouse vampire series, too, but this isn't just frivolous frippery like those books. There is meat here.

Added later: My wife just finished the book; she, too, gives it a very positive review: "Loved it!"
tennesseejudy avatar reviewed Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, Bk 1) on + 28 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
Book #1 of a new series featuring Harper, a 20-something woman who can find people who have died and mentally relive the last few moments of their life through their eyes.

Harper and her step-brother/traveling companion both have a no-nonsense approach to her abilities and what is necessary to make her skills minimally socially acceptable. They also exhibit a dry wit and talent for understatement that makes for entertaining reading.

A good mystery with dry humor and likeable characters. I think that I will like this series even better than the Sookie Stackhouse books.
bookaddicted avatar reviewed Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, Bk 1) on + 125 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
With elements of a cozy but, darker and with a paranormal twist this is a fast paced read. Harper Connelly has the ability to find the dead and see what caused their death after being struck by lightning as a teen. She is called to Arkansas to find a missing teen and opens a snake pit of buried secrets.
GeniusJen avatar reviewed Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, Bk 1) on + 7145 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
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!
reviewed Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, Bk 1) on + 40 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoyed this book. It is a very light read that doesn't give a lot of unnecessary details. The characters Harper and Tolliver are very likeable, with their own personal conflicts. All in all a good book that I would recommend as a quick and easy read.
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jane1817 avatar reviewed Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
This book, and its author, were a complete surprise to me. Friends suggest I must have been living in a Greenland research station to have missed Charlaine Harris' wildly popular books but the truth is that I've been doing a 'Jane Austen retrospective'in recent years. It was a short sprint, I suppose, from dead authors to an "I see dead people" novel, but it wasn't that aspect of Grave Sight (however clever) that delighted me. As a native Southerner, nothing riles me faster'n than authors who write about Southern people, landscapes, and customs without really knowing much about them. Grave Sight, however, has the stamp of authenticity about it. The characters, the dialogue, the settings, the quirks and lifeways and encounters that make up the books: well, of course, they're fictional, since no one I ever heard of told the local sheriff where to find a dumped body because they could sense the grave and the last few seconds of the victim's life. But they nevertheless feel credible to such an extent that after the first few pages you stop thinking Grave Sight is fiction and start taking in the narrative like a story you're hearing from a friend.
reviewed Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, Bk 1) on + 52 more book reviews
This is a very good series. It's different and refreshing. Love that it's not the same old read.
reviewed Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, Bk 1) on + 70 more book reviews
You will love this. It is different enough to keep you coming back for more but it is believable also.


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