Review of “Grave Sight” by Charlaine Harris

This is Book One of the Harper Connelly mystery series, by the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series.


Harper Connelly, aged 24, was struck by lightning when she was 15, and ever since then has been able to sense the location of dead people and also see how they died (but not who killed them). Consequently, she and her 27 year old stepbrother, Tolliver Lang (acting as manager and assistant), hire themselves out to help find missing persons. As Harper explains:

“The way I see it, I’m providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living … I couldn’t do it alone – that’s why my stepbrother Tolliver travels with me, as my manager and, sometimes, bodyguard. It’s an unpredictable work schedule: we live out of hotels, ready to hit the road at any time. Because for the living it’s always urgent – even if the dead can wait forever…”

In this book, Harper and Tolliver go to the small town of Sarne, Arkansas, to find a missing teenaged girl, lost about the same time as her boyfriend, whose body was found and deemed a suicide. The mother of the boy hires Harper so it won’t seem as if she doesn’t care about her son’s wrong-side-of-the-tracks girlfriend. But the more answers Harper and Tolliver unearth [double entendre], the more they are subjected to murder threats themselves.

Evaluation: This is a pleasant enough mystery, though it lacks the energy and charm of the Sookie Stackhouse books. Still, the author has an unerring eye for people’s quirks, insecurities, and insincerities, as well as an insistence on the complexity of motivations by giving even evil characters their moments of kindness.

Rating: 3.5/5

Published by Berkley Hardcover, 2005

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10 Responses to Review of “Grave Sight” by Charlaine Harris

  1. Sandy says:

    Kind of a fun premise though. Sookie must have taken it out of poor Harris.

  2. Julie P. says:

    More Charlaine Harris — you are hooked (or a glutton for punishment!) LOL!

  3. bermudaonion says:

    Sounds like an interesting premise. It sounds like Sookie has made you a Charlaine Harris fan!

  4. Can’t get enough of this author, can you. The more of your reviews I read the more attractive the author becomes. The premise of this book is just plain creative. I also like that you liked her ability to portray people’s quirks, etc. Makes for a good read, in my opinion.

  5. Lisal says:

    I haven’t read any Sookie Stackhouse yet but that’s clearly where I need to start.

  6. I love the name Tolliver Lang. This looks like another promising series. Thanks for the heads up.

  7. Staci says:

    Quick question—-Does Target have any of Harris’ books left in stock??? LOL!! You’re flying through these and making me envious!!

  8. Jenners says:

    I guess you were trying to get a Charlaine Harris fix any way you can … sounds like an interesting premise but too bad it wasn’t as charming as Ms. Sookie & Co.

  9. Belle says:

    Harper has such an intriguing ability. I read this one a few years ago but hadn’t realized until recently that it was by the author of the Sookie books. I found Harper and Tolliver’s relationship quite interesting – it’s developed in the next book in the series (which, unfortunately, was a little too graphic for me, so I’m not sure if I’ll read more in the series.)

  10. I read book 2 in this series earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I haven’t tried any of the Sookie books yet.

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