Grave Sight: Harper Connelly Mysteries 1

Monday, May 25, 2009

Teaser: Harper Connelly didn't get dealt a good hand growing up. And to beat all, she was struck by lightning as a teen inside of the family trailer. She survived, but with a stranger than strange side-effect (other than the usual leg aches, muscle weakness, and anxiety), she can find corpses.

Going on the road with her step brother Tolliver as her manager and caretaker, she has made quite a business off of the gift/curse. Families of missing people often hire her to find a body for a fee. Of course, her 'business' attracts the sneers of skeptics and the intolerant alike, and these become some interesting obstacles for her brother and her to overcome.

Short Thought: Mystery with a unique twist and a wonderfully flawed main character.

Expanded Thoughts: I enjoyed this novel quite a bit. I think it was mostly due to the fact that it didn't have all that cheesy, smutty romance (there's a time and place) in it that a lot of the books in this genre have.

There was also a very sweet dynamic between Harper and her step brother Tolliver. After she was struck by lightning, Harper has trouble with panic attacks and leg pains, but Tolliver is always right there by her side. They care for each other, but in a different way. It was very refreshing to see something different. Some of the novels similar to this follow a stock formula, and I usually don't even have to read it to know what's going to happen. This novel was a refreshing deviation from that norm.

Additional Notes: This is the first novel in the Harper Connelly Series by Charlaine Harris.

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