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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Review: Grave Secret

Author: Charlaine Harris

Release date: UK January 2010
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Target audience: Adult (**sexual content)

Books in the series:
Book 1: Grave Sight review
Book 2: Grave Surprise review
Book 3: An Ice Cold Grave review

Grave Secret (Book 4) Review:

I am at that point where I know that I have finished a series and I am sad that it has come full circle. I know all there is to know about the characters and it is time to say adieu. Grave Secret was a chilling end to a great series.

Harper Connelly is on what should be an easy job when compared to her last horrifying case. She is to read the death of an affluent ranch woman’s grandfather. Lizzie Joyce is a woman who has a penchant for the unusual. Harper gets the feeling that she is just one of many in a long line of extraordinary experiences that Lizzie enjoys. Harper finds herself just outside of Dallas in a small cemetery. She reads each of the graves to play up to Lizzie’s expectations. But one corpse holds a secret that the Joyce family never knew existed and it sets in motion a chain of murderous events.

In this novel, Harper struggles with the notion that she has become too dependent on Tolliver’s support. I guess in an age of female equality, it can be easy to confuse that which is a partnership and that which equals dependence and an unhealthy reliance. The issue of the traditional notion of the “male breadwinner” is also raised. Harris explores gender stereotyping and leaves the reader to make up their own mind. Personally, I found it thought-provoking.

Of course as this is the end of the series the issue that has shaped Harper’s life for the last eight years plays a pivotal role. What did happen to Cameron all those years ago? Will Harper ever be able to stop looking for her sister’s body? The climax of the series was full of unexpected twists and by no means left me disappointed. Charlaine Harris really knows how to plot and leave you breathless for more.

If this review is a little melancholy, then it only serves to show how much I am going to miss reading about the lightning struck Harper and her supportive manager Tolliver. They were such a fun and intriguing team to follow and if you haven’t started their journey yet, then I wholly recommend that you do. This is a series that will grip you and is worth investing in.


I Want To Read That said...

I SO have to read this - and I'm really glad you weren't disppointed! I'm still a bit scared to read it because it's the last one - I kind of like knowing I still have one to read - which probably doesn't make any sense!

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

This is a great review and about the melancholy side of it - it's a good thing to feel at the end of a series, precisely because it tells how good a book series was. I read the first book a month ago and loved it! I can't wait to read the other three. But I'll take it slow, to make the pleasure last longer.:) It's what I do with great book series: I read them slowly. It's taken me a year and a half to read 5 Sookie Stackhouse novels by Harris, for example. I guess I'll finish that series in two years.;)