Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
The blurb: 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.
My Review: So I decided, after reading the first Sookie Stackhouse novel by Charlaine Harris, that I would refrain from reading the whole series and try her other books, the less famous Harper Connelly books. It turns out I made a cracking decision as I was completely hooked from page one.
Harper Connelly had the perfect life until her parents shrugged off responsibility got into drugs and threw their lives into chaos. Consequently Harper and her step-brother Tolliver had to grow up fast. Especially when, at the age of 15, Harper was struck by lightening giving her special gifts and weaknesses like the ability to find dead people but coupled with crippling side effects that no doctor is able to fix. Harper and Tolliver make their living by travelling around the country and helping desperate people, parents, relatives, the police find the missing people in their lives, when they’ve given up all hope of finding them alive.
Not surprisingly Harper is not always looked upon favourably in the towns she visits, but thanks partly to her upbringing and her strong relationship with Tolliver is capable enough to deal with other people’s prejudices. This was a great read, engaging, interesting, sad and funny. I was drawn into Harper’s world and found myself firmly planted on Harper and Tolliver’s side! Definitely worth reading, a refreshing change from the Vampires in the world!
Brilliant book! (and the cover’s pretty cool too!)
9 out of 10 stars *********
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