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Friday, 18 September 2009

Review: Grave Sight

Author: Charlaine Harris
Release date: US 2005 / UK 2006
Genre: Paranormal mystery
Target audience: Cross over YA/ adult

From Amazon:
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!



Lauren said...

Wow, five stars? I'll need to check this one out. I've never read any Charlaine Harris but now I can't imagine why not. Thanks for the heads up.

Jenn said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. :)
And for the five stars, it sounds like I'll definitely have to check this one out! Harper sounds like a very strong heroine, and her skill sounds like something that could be really interestingly implemented into a story. Thank you for introducing me to a new, great book!

I want to read that said...

I love Charlaine Harris - the Harper Connelly series is my fave. Have you tried the Shakespeare books? Lily Bard is a great character and the mysteries are always good:)

Becky said...

Ooh, no I haven't. I had a look in five different bookshops today for books by Charlaine and didn't see any other series than Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connelly. I was looking for the third Harper book (couldn't find it). I'll have to look now on Amazon now. Thanks for the heads up!

The Bookologist said...

Great review! I should try and read this book soon, you made it sound so interesting!

coffeestainedpages said...

I'm glad to hear you liked it! I'm awaiting the arrival of a copy from Book Depository right now, I ordered it to fill the void The Sookie Stackhouse novels have left now that I've finished them all.

The Book Owl said...

I'm so excited to read the series now! Also, I just noticed that I'm on your International Bloggers list on your sidebar, and I wanted to give you a big "Thank you!" for putting me there. :]