☆ Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, #1) Í Download by Ç Charlaine Harris 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 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.
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 interesting.
As a heroine, I didn t like Harper as well as Sookie She s not a happy girl, depressed dwelling on her past too often which she admits She s a lot 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 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.
Ugh Just Ugh I am beginning to think that the 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 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 spoilersI 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 floorThen 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 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 Great new series by this author I love the concepts and am warming up to the characters I love the unusual things Harper is blessed with This one seems a lot different than Sookie, Aurora, or Lily Which is good I think of all her characters as distinct.
Edit it s not new any That is just what I thought when I started reading it I liked Harper s ability I had read the ones mentioned above and now I have read all of these with the addition of the Midnight Texas series.
Great series I tried the Sookie series as well as Aurora Teagarden and they just didn t do anything for me Charlaine Harris Harper Connelly series is an edgier read Harper was hit by lightning as a teen and can now identify the dead Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver now travel the United States as she tries to find bodies for families that are grieving She can also identify how the person died On top of the baggage of being the survivor of lightning strike and associated with the dead she also has to deal with suspicion and outright hostility from people that think she and her brother are scam artists and charlatans I m not going to review each book, but with just four books in the series the overall arc is the changing relationship of Harper and Tolliver and their search for their dead body Harper s sister went missing years ago, and part of their journey is to one day find out what happened.
Each individual book deals with specific murder mystery which can run the gamut of creepy to sad to downright gruesome No gross violence, but some of the murders are pretty intense If you like a well done mystery with a smart heroine, then take a chance.
Grave Sight Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 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 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 rud 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 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 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 Audio ReviewAlyssa Bresnahan did a really good job with this series She really brought this series to life for me.
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