Genre: Paranormal mystery
Target audience: Cross over YA/ adult
Harper Connelly had a lucky escape when she was hit by lightning: she didn't die. But sometimes she wishes she had died, because the lightning strike left her with an unusual talent: she can find dead people - and that's not always comfortable. Everyone wants to know how she does it: it's a little like hearing a bee droning inside her head, or maybe the pop of a Geiger counter, a persistent, irregular noise that increases in strength as she gets closer. It's almost electric: a buzzing all through her body, and the fresher the corpse, the more intense the buzz. Harper and her brother Tolliver make their living from finding the dead, for desperate parents, worried friends . . . and police departments who have nowhere else to look. They may not believe in her abilities, but sometimes the proof is just too much for even the most sceptical of police chiefs to deny. But it's not always easy for someone like Harper, for the dead *want* to be found - and too often, finding the body doesn't bring closure; it opens a whole new can of worms.
People hardly ever buy me books which you may find surprising. After all I'm a Librarian, you'd think I get bought books all the time. But I don't. My sister says I'm a book snob (whatever that is and so she tends not to). However, she did happen to buy me Grave Sight as she said it sounded a little like the book I'm writing and she thought it might help me. Well, I don't know about that, but I do know that she gave me one of the best books I've read in ages. Thanks Woo!
Harper Connelly is an interesting and compelling character. She can sense dead bodies and their cause of death. Grave Sight introduces us to Harper and her special ability. She makes a living from locating dead bodies and gets paid a fair price for her work. She doesn't get emotionally involved in her cases. She does her job and moves on. Her brother Tolliver is her faithful assistant travelling across state to support her. She had a rough childhood. They both did.
When Harper arrives in Sarne on an assignment to locate the body of a missing teenage girl, she unintentionally gets caught up in the case. The people of the town are openly hostile towards Harper and she believes that there is a dark secret she needs to reveal. Grave Sight was a riveting mystery. Up until the last few chapters I had no idea who was responsible for all the deaths in Sarne.
The background to Harper's special ability is slowly drip fed into the story. This was a part of the book I really enjoyed. Getting to know the events that made Harper Connelly who she is. I guess getting struck by lightning and developing a special power is not an original idea but Harris used this in her own unique way and I couldn't help but find the book addictive. Even before I'd finished it, I was on Amazon ordering myself the next one.
Overall, Grave Sight gets my seal of approval. It isnt the most literary book in the world but it is a compelling read with well-developed and interesting characters. The plot was excellent and I'm pleased to give this the five star rating! I'm addicted! Recommended for any fans of paranormal mystery or Charlaine Harris!