I absolutely love Charlaine Harris‘s Sookie Stackhouse series, so when I saw this series (Harper Connelly), I knew I had to give it a try. Here is the description of Grave Sight on Amazon:
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.
First off, I absolutely love the premise behind this book. Being struck by lightning is rare. Surviving it is even more rare. Who’s to say that going through something that traumatic can’t cause some sort of extra sense from developing. This is a subject that has fascinated me for awhile.
When I first started this book, I was somewhat reminded of Meg Cabot‘s Mediator series. However, the similarities were not very strong. Harper Connelly cannot see/talk to ghosts. But she is able to see how someone dies, providing she is with the body. She uses this talent to bring closure to the loved ones. And, of course, people are willing to pay for this. She does do quite a bit of pro bono work, and she does do more than she is asked to do. Most people don’t believe her, and is that really so surprising? Most people condemn that which they cannot prove.
This book is definitely a page-turner. You are taken on an adventure with Harper and you are easily able to relate to her. Charlaine Harris does a great job of developing the characters, as well as the plot line.
Harper’s relationship with her step-brother, Tolliver, is wonderful. As an only child, I love seeing the protective older sibling that wants to take care of the younger sibling and protect them, regardless of their age. And Harper has grown to understandably rely on Tolliver.
This book will draw you into a mysterious story and all you will want to do is continue reading until the end.
And then you will want to read the next one!