Character Connection is a weekly meme hosted by Jen @ The Introverted Reader.
This is our chance to tell the world about a character that we love in whichever way we want. More information about this meme can be found on Jen's blog.
The book: Grave Sight
The author: Charlaine Harris
The character: Harper Connelly
Harper Connelly is one of my favourite heroines from an adult book. I love that she uses her ability in such a proactive way. She makes a living from being a lightning strike survivor. When she was 15, Harper was struck by lightning. She survived and now she can sense and locate dead bodies. She is often hired by families of missing people to find their dead loved ones. Harper treats her works very professionally. She also never pities herself which is a quality I love in people.
I decided I would do a tiny bit of research into lightning strike survivors for this post. I have never really looked further into a character's experience in this way (unless they are my own work in progress characters).
So far this year in America, 27 people has been struck by lightning. 2 died. 25 survived. (Source: http://www.struckbylightning.org/)
According to www.struckbylightning.org, lightning strike survivors often experience symptoms that doctors cannot verify. This must be so demoralising for someone who is experiencing pain.
These symptoms can include: muscle pains, tingling sensations, dizziness, nausea, headaches and disorientation. They may also suffer from loss or alteration of senses. (Source: http://wvlightning.com/survivor.shtml#true) I guess this is what has happened to Harper. She has an extra sensory perception. When she is near a dead body, she feels a vibration in her mind.
This stuff is really fascinating. I think Charlaine Harris must have spent ages researching the experiences of lightning strike survivors. The next time I read a Harper Connelly book I am going to be looking out for all these details.
Considering the fact that I don't really "do" adult books, I really do love this series.