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Grave Sight

(Harper Connelly #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  62,059 ratings  ·  2,566 reviews
Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1)

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 b
Mass Market Paperback, 293 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Berkley Books (first published October 1st 2005)
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Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Harper, the ghost whisperer, and her brother, Tolliver, are close. Too close. Creepy close. Co-dependent, strange sexual tension, WTF close.

Some things just shouldn't be

Thankfully, we find out that they are not actually siblings, but that their parents married each other when they were teens. Totally different story. In that case, I say, "Just go ahead and do it already. Then, instead of being the creepy siblings you can be the creepy couple that call each other "brother" and "sister". Yeah, tha
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
Mar 09, 2010 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
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 often (w
Great series. I tried the Sookie series as well as Aurora Teagarden and they just didn’t do anything for me. Charlaine Harris’ Harper Connelly series is an edgier read. Harper was hit by lightning as a teen and can now identify the dead. Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver now travel the United States as she tries to find bodies for families that are grieving. She can also identify how the person died. On top of the baggage of being the survivor of lightning strike and associated with the dead s ...more
Sep 15, 2008 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
Great new series by this author. I love the concepts and am warming up to the characters. I love the unusual things Harper is blessed with. This one seems a lot different than Sookie, Aurora, or Lily. Which is good. I think of all her characters as distinct.
Edit: it’s not new anymore. That is just what I thought when I started reading it. I liked Harper’s ability. I had read the ones mentioned above and now I have read all of these with the addition of the Midnight Texas series.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
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
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
Read this one a couple of years ago. Picked up an Audible copy on sale. A good read/listen while on a long car trip. Harper and Tolliver are stepbrother/sister - very hard childhood - parents were alcoholics and one of their sisters missing. Harper was struck by lightening and ever since she can sense how someone died when near their remains. Usually looked upon with suspicion, they travel when hired to answer questions for the bereaved or law enforcement. The series is good. (view spoiler) ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
I read this quite a few years ago and really enjoyed it and this week found it on audio at the library. I really enjoyed re-visting this story. Harper and Tolliver are such interesting characters and I like how Charlaine Harris gives subtle insights into human behaviour (as well as non subtle ones).

I’ll have to listen to the whole series now. This was a great listen while mowing the lawn for six hours!
4 Stars for the Audiobook.

Narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan (5 Stars for narration). I liked her narration. Some reviewers on Audible did not care for her. I didn't hear the background noises they said they heard and were annoyed by it - that she makes a smacking sound, page turning, etc. I suspect they cleaned up the recording because I didn't hear any of this and the complaints were from 2013 and earlier. As for her narration, I thought it was very good. The series is first person narrative (I thi
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 24, 2009 rated it liked it
"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
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
**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
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grave Sight is the first book in the Harper Connelly series by American author, Charlaine Harris. The audio version is narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan. After being struck by lightning at fifteen, Harper Connolly is endowed with a special talent: she can find dead people and tell how they died. Life hasn’t been particularly kind to Harper, so she charges to use this talent, needing to make a living somehow, even if most people find this distasteful. With her step-brother and support system, Tolliver ...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'
Chelsea Moreen
I’ve been meaning to reread this for years, albeit the fact it was very quick and easy to read, and the whole finding dead bodies thing is really cool, this book isn’t great. I remember loving the story and the characters before but having reread it now I’ve realized how bland the main characters are and how ridiculous the rest of the side characters are. The plot itself is really simple, more of a mystery thriller than any sort of paranormal read, I wish the main characters ability had been use ...more
Deborah Ideiosepius
Ah, Charlaine Harris; the guilty pleasure that you don't quite want to admit in public, the slightly abusive 'friends with benefits' relationship that you keep returning to because the 'benefits' are so fun and easy...

Grave Sight is fun, easy and fast to read. The hypothesis is new and intriguing; Harper Connelly got hit by lightning when she was young, her step brother, Tolliver, resuscitated her. Now, along with a lot of residual problems from the event Harper has one particular stand out oddi
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
Jennifer Wardrip
May 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Dawn Michelle

3 1/2 Stars

I really like this author. With this series, she really likes to keep you guessing. My only complaint about her (with these books AND the "Sookie Stackhouse" books) is how she can go the whole book without any bad language and then all of the sudden, "WHAM!!", you get git with tons of it. Which is disappointing, only in that the books are already really good without it, it seems unnecessary and it bothers me.

That said, this was a REALLY good book. I really enjoy how she writes and
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had read book 3 of this series and loved it so much, I finally got around to reading the whole series from the beginning. Hard to tell but I may like it better than the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to read something light and entertaining, so Charlaine Harris seemed like a good idea. I got the book for free at one of those book exchange-places. Also, I loved Sookie Stackhause, but haven’t read anything again after that unsatisfactory ending… Well, here we are:

Harper Connelly sees dead people and is otherwise as boring as can be – she generally has no interest in solving murder mysteries and weirdly depends on her stepbrother for reasons unknown. I guess I got to read what I wanted
Lori Wilen
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will not give clues but to say I loved this. I always enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse books by Ms. Harris and although was a much different take on a similar subject I thoroughly loved. By halfway I was guessing at the truth and while not that obvious by the end I had guessed it all but even so had to keep reading because I had to know I was right and how it had all come to the point it had. I liked the main female character and the main male character is the typical mysterious good/bad boy that i ...more
Mar 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Nov 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Carolyn F.
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
May 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-in-series
After reading the Lily Bard series, I have to admit to being a little disappointed by Harper Connolly. The book seemed slow and it took forever to resolve. I'll continue on in the series to see if there's improvement. ...more
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Charlaine lives in Texas now, and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distance.

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

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