Grave Secret (Harper Connelly #4)
Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.
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As for the book itself, I think it was a weak conclusion to the series. Other people have said it, but there really is too much repitition i ...more
Update: I have followed this author for years, reading the Aurora Teagarden mysteries until I tired of them, followed by the Lily Bard series, which was ended by the author. I was excited when she started the Harper Connelly series and enjoyed the first three and was disappointed when I heard this would be her last, but after reading it, decided it's best that she put Harper out to pasture.
Harper travels around the c ...more
Still, these books have covered intriguing mysteries, incorporating a good deal of suspense and many false leads, so that there’s always been a surprise or two to keep me guessing. It’s that aspect that’s kept me reading.
Grave Secr ...more
This is the culmination of a four book seri ...more
Thumbs Up: 5
Overall: What a way to end a series
Characters: Well Written
Plot: All the loose ends tie up in a twist I didn’t see coming
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Series Ender
Book Boyfriend: Tolliver
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I have to say all the little snippets of information we get from book one until now about the back story that is brought t ...more
Harper Connelly can see the dead and experience their death. She and her step-brother (no blood relation)/lover, Tolliver, come to Texas at the request of a member of the wealthy Joyce family. Not only was dad’s death as innocent as they thought, but his caretaker died, not of a burst appendix, but from childbirth. The question is raised as to who was the baby’s father and where it the child now?
What started out as a f ...more
The story moves along at a fair clip, and unfortunately relies on contrivance a lot to either prolong suspense or force resolution. At times, Harper and her brother/lover/whatever (and it's pretty weird that they haven ...more
All I could think as I finished it last night was Wow.
Harper has grown, Tolliver has grown and they've grown together. The mystery this time hits real close to home and the twist at the end blindsides and breaks your heart.
I wish there had been a little more reflection on the baby but other than that...this book ended the series on the appropriate note - making it a perfect conclusion to one of Charlaine Harris' darker series.
Sadly the conclusion was the weakest part of this quartet. Up until here I'd had no issue with Harper and Tolliver becoming a couple despite being step-siblings. Their respective parents didn't wed until they were both teenagers so the formative years were apart anyway. However the numerous times Harper referred to Tolliver as her brother, while I'm sure were purposely emphasised for the plot conflict, merely made me question it. The three prior books felt as if Harper alway ...more
The pseudo-incestuous "thing" goes on (Tolliver and Harper have sex and then call each other brother and sister just a few moments later!!!). Apparently Harris thinks herself to be a courageous writer a la V.C. Andrews or something, but she is highly mistaken in that assessment. The relationship is portrayed in the books in a creepy and sick way.
The story itself is simply a hasty wrap-up of Harper's personal p ...more
Review from 2010:
I was very dissapointed by this book. I love Harris and her ch ...more
The only issue I had with this book was the whole brother/sister incestuous relationship between Harper and Tolliver. Sure they aren't actually blood related but they were raised together and for years and years Harper introduced Tolliver as her brother and still does. I just find it cr ...more
I quickly warmed up to Harper and to Harris' no-nonsense narration. She's very to-the-point (no wonder ...more
This is book 4 in the ‘Harper Connelly’ series.
When Harper is called to find out the cause of a woman’s grandfather’s death, she doesn’t expect the strange happenings that follow, and she doesn’t expect for this to ultimately lead her to some discoveries surrounding her sister Cameron’s disappearance.
Did the grandfather father a child before he died? What became of the child? And what happened to Cameron?
This was an okay end to the series, and I liked the twis ...more
Harper Connelly was struck by lightening as a teenager and now is able to find corpses and tap into their feelings at the last moment of their death. Her stepbrother Tolliver -- who is really not related to her and is now her lover --manages her career and takes care of her. They are hired by a rich Texan family to find out how their rich grandfather really d ...more
Well, at least that was the last book in this series. I don't know how I did it but I actually read all four books. I was hoping for so much more. It is like thinking you are getting a wedding sized chocolate cake and instead you get a mini carrot muffin. Sure it is an ok mini carrot muffin but it is not nearly as good as that decadent, smooth, mouth watering, mountain of a chocolate cake. And the residual feeling is something close to regret. You assume that it would have been an am...more
Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr ...more
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