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Grave Sight (Harper Connelly #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  52,547 Ratings  ·  2,128 Reviews
Harper Connolly is honest, ethical and loyal - and ever since a bolt of lightening zapped her on the head, she's had an extra-special talent: she can find dead people. It's not a common-or-garden job. Some people find Harper's talent useful and fascinating, but she's getting used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. She's become an expert at getting in, ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published 2007 by Gollancz (first published October 1st 2005)
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars!

Ok, I'm going to be nice and round this up to 4 stars. My reasoning? I LOATHED, HATED Dead Until Dark by this author. I used to be Tru Blood obsessed (the television series) and the book series was a huge let down.

So when my manager/boss who doesn't read PNR or urban fantasy very often told me that this was a guilty pleasure series, I HAD to read it. Plus this sounded like an adult version of the Meg Cabot (Jenny Carroll) series 1-800-WHERE-R-U, a series I grew up on and loved.

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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
Dec 16, 2015 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY
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
Sep 20, 2008 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sherwood Smith
I called this mystery cozy, but it really wasn't cozy. In fact, it was nearly at the edge of my tolerance for mysteries. Things I really liked: Harper and her brother. The descriptions, especially Harper's worldview, given what had happened to her. Glimpses of the numinous, though those were rare and wispy, more rare than the humor, which was also sparse.

Things that pushed me toward the edge: claustrophobic atmosphere, and far too many murders, especially of helpless people. The thing is, I don'
**2015 Reading Challenge W/Josh: #42 A Book You Own But Never Read**

Great book! Harper was struck with lightening when she was young. Since then she has sort of a beacon that directs her to dead bodies. Once close enough she can see how that specific person died and see their last moments. Though she can't ever see the murderer (if the person was murdered). So she is called out to this small town to find a body of a girl that went missing a while back. While on the job lots of questionable shit
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
Kavita Ramesh
Oct 06, 2015 Kavita Ramesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 20, 2015 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, psychic, mystery
One of Charlaine Harris' mystery series, with a touch of the supernatural mixed in.

After being struck by lightning in her teens, Harper gains the ability to see the last few moments of a person's life when she comes in contact with their body. As an adult, she makes the best of her ability by helping people find closure by locating the remains of their missing relatives.

Harper, along with her stepbrother Tolliver, come to the Ozarks looking for the body of a teen girl in what is believed to be
Grave Sight
4 Stars

Harper Connelly has the unique ability to sense not only the whereabout of human remains, but also the cause of death. Together with her stepbrother/business manager, Tolliver Lang, Harper travels to Sarne Alabama at the request of a grieving mother desperate to locate the body of the young woman her deceased son is accused of killing in a murder/suicide. However, this seemingly simple case takes a dangerous turn when Harper becomes the target of someone determined to keep the
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
Jan 22, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
Nov 02, 2009 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
I really enjoyed becoming reacquainted with this story. I first read this book not all that long after it was released roughly ten years ago. I'd only read it that one time, but enjoyed it enough to buy the series. I've owned books one and two for years, and finally added books three and four earlier this month (April 2016). :-)

In this first book in the Harper Connelly series, we meet Harper and her stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, in Sarne, Arkansas, where they were hired to find a missing - presume
Mar 15, 2009 Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2011 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Oct 04, 2013 Abbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2010 Aimee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 01, 2015 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

This is a well written low key paranormal mystery - by which I mean the supernatural element is minimal. Harper travels around with her step-brother finding dead bodies using a sixth sense she gained through being struck by lightning as a teenager. There's fairly complex and semi-tragic background family connections for Harper Connelly and Tolliver Lang, including shared siblings and a missing sister. If you're coming to this expecting a Sookie style universe then prepare to be disappoint
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!
Feb 26, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lightning and Death

This the 1st in the Harper Connelly series. Harper was struck by lightning when growing up. Since recovering she is able to sense dead people near her. Harper and brother Tolliver travel together locating missing persons for fee. Her Mother and his Father married and left the mixed family to grow up. They had 2 more children. Harper's disappeared and the authorities step in as the search for Cameron brought the children's situation to the light. Harper has a weak leg and depen
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!
Feb 12, 2010 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really love this series. Fell in love with the characters.
Barbara ★
An interesting book with a semi-handicapped heroine who requires the help of her brother both mentally and physically. Even with her quirkiness, I really liked Harper Connelly. Harper finds dead people and her brother, Tolliver follows her around the country assisting and protecting against harm. An exciting start to a new series. I will definitely be reading more about Harper and Tolliver.

Harper and Tolliver are asked to come to a small podunk town in Arkansas by the rich folks in town but when
Lesley Looper
Dec 23, 2008 Lesley Looper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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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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