Thursday, November 17, 2016
Throwback Thursday: Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
Author: Charlaine Harris
First published in 2005 by Berkeley
Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who's passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she's providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living - but she's used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she's become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it's always urgent - even if the dead can wait forever.
For some reason, I never tried this series before. Honestly, I gave up in the Sookie Stackhoue series after book #2 so I was a bit wary about trying this one out. Grave Sight is the first in the Harper Connelly series. Harper was struck by lightening when she was a little girl. She was left with the ability to find the dead. Now as an adult, she travels the country with her step-brother finding dead bodies for a fee.
This first book sets up the scene for the reader. We get to know Harper and Toliver and how they ended up doing this for a living. We also get to know a lot about their childhoods. I thought this was a pretty unique take on psychic ability. Harper can find dead bodies and can see how they died, but she can't see who did it if it was murder. I found the mystery to be fairly engaging, but a little convoluted and long. It probably could have been shorted a little bit.
If you haven't picked up this series yet, I do recommend giving this one a try. I'll be looking for the next book, Grave Surprise.