Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris ISBN 9780425205686
Charlaine Harris is a world famous author because of her Sookie Stackhouse series, and I never read any of her work until I was preparing for a conference that I went to this November. I nonchalantly said … I don’t do vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night. However when she is asked about writing about vampires, she says — I don’t write about vampires, I write about the life of a telepathic waitress in a bar.
Harper Connelly is not telepathic, a vampire, or a shifter. Harper was struck by lightning when she was a teenager and has been able to find dead bodies ever since. She and her step-brother travel around the country as consultants to help locate dead bodies. She says that the “buzz” she hears in her head when she is near a body is like the buzz of a geiger counter and it gets stronger the more recent and closer she gets. She can also tell the last moments of the person — was it heart attack, hunting accident, or age related.
She and her brother are in a small town in the Ozarks where everyone seems related to just about everyone else — when her brother is detained on trumped up charges. The reason she came to town was to find the body of a missing teenage girl, the girl had gone missing in the Spring. Everyone in town had believed that her boy friend had committed suicide and she had either been the victim of a murder/suicide or she had run away after the boy friend had committed suicide.
Harper finds the body and determines that she had been shot and that the boy was also a murder victim and instead of bringing calm resolution to the whole scene — the questions just keep on coming.
This book is wonderfully strange and very well paced. The characters are unique and richly developed. Anyone who enjoys the slightly eccentric will love this series by acclaimed author, Charlaine Harris.
From Publishers Weekly
Ever since Harper Connelly survived a zap from a lightning bolt, she’s been able to find dead people, a skill that makes the protagonist in the first installment of Harris’s new series a tad more bizarre than the mind-reading heroine of the author’s Sookie Stackhouse books (Dead as a Doornail, etc.). Harper travels to the Ozark town of Sarne, Ark., to find a missing teenage girl’s body, accompanied by her stepbrother, Tolliver, who acts as her manager and bodyguard and with whom she shares a thinly disguised physical attraction that they manage to keep at bay by engaging in casual sex with various partners. Finding the body takes no time at all, but leaving town afterward isn’t so easy. When Harper’s life is threatened and Tolliver ends up in jail on trumped-up charges, it quickly becomes apparent that something sinister is going on in Sarne. Harris delivers a knuckle-gnawing tale populated with well-developed, albeit edgy characters. A nifty puzzle toward the end will challenge the most jaded mystery buffs.
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