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Grave Sight (Harper Connelly #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  46,578 ratings  ·  1,922 reviews
Accompanied by her stepbrother, Tolliver (who works as her manager), Harper heads to small-town Arkansas for their next job. Her client is a socialite named Sybil Teague, who wants Harper to find a teenage girl who disappeared on the day her son was found shot dead in the woods. The girl, Monteen "Teenie" Hopkins, has a reputation for being "wild as a razorback," and scand ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 18th 2007 by Gollancz (first published October 1st 2005)
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At first, I thought that this books was great. But then... it didn't quite lose its momentum, I just stopped liking the characters. If I've actually ever liked them that is.

In this book, everything feels a bit off. You don't feel with or for the characters. Their past, their troubles, everything is just "described". They are really two-dimensional and you just... don't like them. Especially Harper.

Even though this whole book was written from her POV, I didn't feel like knowing her at all. I co
I really liked Harris' Sookie Stackhouse, so I thought I'd give this series a try. It's pretty good. The world is ours - no vampires or other fantasy creatures in this book. Harper, like Sookie, has a limited paranormal ability - she can find dead people & see them, along with the few seconds of their death. The limitations of her 'gift' make the story more interesting.

As a heroine, I didn't like Harper as well as Sookie. She's not a happy girl, more depressed & dwelling on her past too
Ugh. Just... Ugh. I am beginning to think that the more I read of Charlaine Harris, the less I like her. This was just... bad. And creepy. Poorly written, weak plot, cardboard cut-out characters, creepy relationships and creepy romance, and trademark Charlaine Harris character name and detail errors all in one book.

I don't even know where to begin... I guess I could just write a list, like our heroine, who Charlaine describes as a list-maker with little opportunity, first does 26 pages from the
First in the Harper Connelly paranormal mystery series, featuring this young lady who has the ability to speak to the dead after being struck by lightning at the age of fifteen. She and her step-brother, Tolliver, travel around taking assignments to locate bodies. They work mostly on word of mouth, and for the most part are treated as something akin to the freaks in a circus side-show. While Harper can’t tell who killed the person if they were murdered, she can tell how they died, and actually r ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Interesting
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Steam
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: I found it very interesting
Characters: Well Done
Plot: Small town secret come to bite you every time
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Tolliver

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
Okay, so mysteries are my first love so I enjoyed this one. I had it figured out but still enjoyed watching it unfold. I liked Tolliver and Harper’s relationship. I like the tension and the dynamics created betwee
Thank goodness Charlaine Harris has more than one series going, so I can continue to get my fix! This woman is an extremely talented writer and has come up with another character worth reading about. Harper Connelly is a woman who was struck by lightning as a teen, and this has left her with the ability to find dead bodies and say what they died of. She makes her living doing this, which is the core of this book series. In Grave Sight, Harper is called to a town to find the body of a young girl ...more
I have never read a Charlaine Harris book. I did not (and probably won't) read her Sookie Stackhouse series because a) I discovered them when my vampire paranormal reading enjoyment was seriously on the wane and 2)I really like the Alan Ball version of her books on HBO. So I prefer to stick with the televised series and not read the books.

I hadn't realized until very recently that she wrote other series. I saw a blurb on the most recent Harper Connelly book and it looked very interesting so I d
Carolyn F.
Reread this time by audiobook - I also have the paperback.

Harper can find dead bodies and figure out how people died. She's hired to go to a town to look for a missing girl and get embroiled in a huge F-up there. I really like these books but just to warn you they're very dark and not humerous at all.

As I was listening to this book I started to realize that Charlaine Harris is one deep woman. Her books are so different and so intriguing. She really is a talented writer.
Well...It wasn't awful, but it wasn't great. I'm unsure how I feel about it. I did stay up till 1:30 am finishing the book up, so that says something...right?

Due to a freak lightning strike when she was a teen, Harper Connelly has the ability to find dead bodies and know how they died. She and her brother (step-brother, we find out later), Tolliver, make a living locating bodies for grieving families. Of course, most of the families aren't as grateful as you would think. I guess it's the "shoot
I read through this book quickly, in two settings, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I read it for a book club that I am sort of a member of (only "sort of" because I only ever started reading the books they were reading because they meet at the store where I work, while I'm working), and wasn't sure if I'd get much of anything out of it. It is a book that walks the tightrope between two currently-popular genres, "cozy romance-themed mystery" and "chick-lit paranormal mystery." Not bei ...more
May have slight spoilers.

In this first novel of Charlaine Harris’s Harper Connelly series we meet Harper and her stepbrother and manager Tolliver; Harper has a talent for finding dead people after being struck by lightening and now helps people out to find their loved ones and sometimes just tells them the cause of death.

Right now they are in Sarne, looking for the body of Monteen "Teenie" Hopkins, who disappeared after her client Sybil Teague son’s Dell death. The only problem is that nobody re
Jennifer Wardrip
I'm probably only one of two people in the world who isn't a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series, but I was definitely looking forward to reading Charlaine Harris's GRAVE SIGHT. I wasn't disappointed--I think this book is an excellent start to a new series.

Harper and her brother, Tolliver, are both interesting and well-developed characters with the requisite flaws to keep them entertaining. When Harper was a teen-ager, she was struck by lightning--and given an extraordinary gift in the form of
I really liked this one, especially since it's got me out of my bad book run!

"Grave sight" was full of mystery, and it was done really well.
There was so many suspicious deaths to crack, and secrets to uncover, so it never got boring.

I really liked the main character, Harper.
The majority of people treated her horribly, and always tried to belittle her and her gift.
Harper wouldn't take any crap from them though, and never got embarrassed over her gift.

I loved the relationship between her and her s
I'm not sure how I feel about this one yet. I'm a fan of Ms. Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. So I decided to check this one out. At first I was really enjoying it. I started connecting with the characters right away. Then about halfway through it all just fell apart. Even though it was written in first person, it seemed distant. And when I'm reading first person, I want to feel like I'm part of the story. While reading this one, I didn't feel like I was really in Harper's head. I felt like I w ...more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Harper Connelly has a special ability. She can sense where dead people are and how they died. When she and her brother Tolliver get called to the town of Sarne Arkansas, she finds much more than the body she was paid to recover.

Harper is not the most endearing heroine we've ever read about. Nor was the mystery very difficult to figure out. But for me it all worked as something different than anything else I've read lately. I'd go 3.75 stars but will round up for originality.
Shannon The Show Stopper
I love quirky characters and stories that are totally different. I hit the jackpot with this series! As much as I love Harper and Tolliver... the truth is they're weird. This series is part mystery, part semi-paranormal with a little bit of taboo romance thrown in to boot! It's one of my favorites!
Really love this series. Fell in love with the characters.
This book has been a fun vacation ready, and I'm glad to be introduced to this series by Charlaine Harris. (I've already read a couple of titles from her Lily Bard series, and enjoyed them as well.)

I was intrigued by the main character, Harper Connelly, and her ability of find dead people--which she does for a living. I read a review that compared this book series to the television show, "Medium," and I can see that now. The author has the Harper Connelly character handle this ability with mostl
"Grave Sight" is the first book in Harris' newest mystery series. After reading her Sookie Stackhouse books, I checked out all her other series. I am weirdly addicted to Charlaine's writing and her books will probably forever remain my guilty pleasure. I liked all Aurora Teagarden books (this librarian who lives in a tiny southern town sure finds herself in a middle of murder investigations quite often) and disliked Lily Bard series (too much pointless violence). I think I will like Harper Conne ...more
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
23-year-old Harper Connelly can sense dead bodies, and can even see how they died, since she was struck by lightning at the age of 15.

Choosing to use her special talent to both help people, and earn a living, Harper and her step-brother Tolliver drive around the country finding dead bodies. Their latest case – Sarne, where a teenage girl is missing, presumed dead.
Can Harper locate the missing girl? How did she die? Did her boyfriend really commit suicide? And
The prologue was perhaps the most intriguing, dark, intoeresting bit of fiction I have read in a long time and had me pulled completely into the story from the get-go. I went back to the library before finishing this book to get two through four in the series, since I knew very well I'd be in it for the long haul.

The idea has been done before, for sure, but Harris has the ability to write compelling main characters and she pulls out all the stops with Harper and her brother/manager/bodyguard/com
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I started off reading the book and listening to the audio at the same time but the narrator, Ms. Monotone put me off so I gave up on her and relied on my own inner voice as I read the rest of the book by myself.

The first half was pretty interesting but at 51% I'd guessed the main murderer and the motive. After that, the book was no longer as interesting as I waited to be proved right or wrong. The violent attempts on Harper's life kept me reading but if it hadn't been for those the rest might've
As with Kelley Armstrong, I saw and heard enough of Charlaine Harris that I stuck her work in the bargain bin in my head -- trashy, not worth reading, blahblahblah snobbery. But actually, I quite enjoyed Grave Sight: again, as with the Kelley Armstrong books, I found that it was light but fun, and with the bonus of the non-sexual intense relationship between Harper and her step brother, too. I have a thing for relationships like that, where two people rely on each other deeply. See also: my mass ...more
Susan (Suz)
So this was my first foray into one of Charlaine Harris' other series and I have to say i rather like it! It's definitely nothing like the Southern Vampire series, but it is still good! It's more mystery than paranormal.... When Harper Connelly was younger she was struck by lightening, it left her with the ability to sense dead people. So she and her brother, Tolliver (step-brother really, but are as close as brother and sister) travel around and are paid to find dead bodies.... Ususally they ar ...more
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Mostly I just want to link to Melissa's review, as it says it all. I also felt the intense antagonism pretty much everyone felt towards Harper was excessive, and seemed unnecessary to make us feel sympathetic towards her. I suppose it did add to the rather Gothic, claustrophobic feel of the book, and Harper and Tolliver's close-and-then-some relationship, but it needed to be made seem more natural to work fully.

Still, I enjoyed this enough to be looking forward to reading more in the series.
As far as characters go, I really liked Harper a lot. She's tough in some situations, vulnerable in others, and I felt like she was really well-drawn. Her power was interesting, but didn't really give her any special advantage over most people, especially when she was facing threats, which made things even more interesting. I really enjoyed her family story as well. In general, I think this series starts much more strongly than the Sookie series did, and I will probably be reading more of it in ...more
I would have given this book 3 1/2 stars if I had the option. I enjoyed it. I started this series because the author wrote the books that the "True Blood" HBO series is based on. I like that show!
I enjoyed this book. It's my first by Harris. The protagonist Harper is intriguing. She does not talk to the dead but she hears/sees their last moments alive and knows if they died naturally or by murder. Harper's brother Tolliver is intriguing, too, as he lives to protect her and manage her business. I'll read more books in this series to see what becomes of these odd siblings.
The plot was convoluted and nothing new, really. Still it was interesting for a while, and I was pleased to have guesse
great story. characters were likable and the story was well written. :)
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr
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