Grave Sight
Charlaine Harris
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Grave Sight

Charlaine Harris
320 pages
September 2006
rated 3 of 5 possible stars
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Grave Sight kicks off a new series from author Charlaine Harris. Best known for her Southern Vampire Mystery series (Dead As A Doornail, Dead Until Dark, Living Dead In Dallas, Club Dead, Dead To The World), Harris will intrigue fans with her new character Harper Connelly. Especially intriguing is the odd power she got from being hit with a bolt of lightning at sixteen: she can find the dead and show how they got that way.

“Instead of going straight, which would have gotten us to the motel, I turned left following the mental “scent.” I pulled over into the parking lot of a small gas station. My head jerked again as I listened to the voice calling to me from the overgrown lot on the other side of the street. I say “scent” and “voice,” but what draws me is not something as clear-cut as those words would indicate.”
Later on Harper and Tolliver (her stepbrother/manager/bodyguard of sorts) travel into the Ozarks with Paul Edwards, the attorney for Sybil Teague, the woman paying her for her services. Again, Harper describes what she feels as she searches for the bodies.
“I stared into the woods as we drove, into their chilly and brilliant depths. All along the way, I got “hits’ of varying intensity. There are dead people everywhere, of course. The older the death, the less of a buzz I get. It’s hard to describe that feeling – but of course, that’s what everyone wants to know, what it feels like to sense a dead person. It’s a little like a bee droning inside your head, or maybe the pop of a Geiger counter – a persistent and irregular noise, increasing in strength the closer I get to the body.”
Finding the body is pretty quick for Harper, but getting out of Sarne, Arkansas, isn’t as easy as finding the girl. Someone will go to murderous lengths to keep the secrets buried in this town. Harper’s life is threatened, and Tolliver is thrown in jail on bogus charges. Keeping the page count at two hundred sixty-three pages lends itself to a fast pace. Overall, Grave Sight is a solid series debut.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Bobby Blades, 2005

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