Wednesday, May 4, 2016

REVIEW: Grave Sight

Grave Sight
Author: Charlaine Harris

When there is a murder, missing person or other deadly crime, Harper Connelly is often called to find and identify victims. But, she isn't a detective or an attorney. Harper is a psychic.

And not the usual sort of psychic. There are no readings, seances, or visions. Harper finds dead bodies. The dead call to her with an ever-present hum, the energy from their life and their emotions as they lived their last few moments.  For Harper, cemeteries nearly vibrate with the energy from many bodies grouped in one place.

With the help of her step-brother, Tolliver, she assists police and grieving families to find the bodies of missing persons and other victims. Unfortunately, the people she helps often treat her like a pariah, looking down on her as someone who benefits from death and grief. Or, they openly accuse her of being a charlatan. Living with a power that came from being struck by lightning, Harper tries to maintain her sanity, while being insulted and threatened by the very people she helps.

Grave Sight is the first of four books in the Harper Connelly series. Charlaine Harris is also the author of the Southern Vampire (Sookie Stackhouse) series.

I enjoyed this book. Harper Connelly is an interesting character. She is often depressed because of the way people treat her, and she is traumatized at times by the flashes of death and grief she feels when finding a body. Her step-brother travels with her to help keep her grounded. At times, her relationship with Tolliver seemed a bit too close.  At first, I was a bit put off by her constant depression and emotional neediness, but as I read further, I began to feel sympathy for her. She was ridiculed, humiliated and threatened by the very people who needed her help. She gets treated like a con artist everywhere she goes, even when she proves over and over again that she isn't a fake. Her power really is a curse. In her same predicament, I would probably be neurotic and depressed too.

I will definitely be reading more books in this series. It's a bit bizarre, but an enjoyable read.

My rating 7/10
Ages: 16+

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