Series: Harper Connelly Mystery, #1
Genre: Paranormal, Crime Thriller
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 blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she’s become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it’s always urgent – even if the dead can wait forever.
I really, really wanted to lose awareness of the here and now. The best way for me to do that was bury myself in a book.”
This book seemed perfect for, but I was a little unsure as I didn’t enjoy the latter part of her Sookie Stackhouse series. Charlaine Harris novels have always been so descriptive, and the language is just enjoyable, but sometimes her plots seem a little rushed towards getting to the end.
It’s often like she gets bored.
But, I needed something less paranormal for a change. I have been heavily reading some Vampire novels with lots of names, myths, and magic, that I wanted a step back…
This book was perfect for what I needed.
Harper: The Heroine of the story, Harper, has a gift/curse to be able to feel for dead bodies. The story is told solely from Harper’s point of view, and she had a great voice. She had clearly had a rough upbringing, and her only solace was her Step Brother Tolliver.
Tolliver: He was described as having a ponytail and a mustache. At first, I’m thinking Lynard Skynard but then I did a bit of googling and well…
enough said… he was a great brother, but Charlaine Harris kept dropping not so subtle hints about a future relationship…
The chemistry between the two isn’t sexual, but there is an overwhelming feeling that they both want more.
The Strange: when Harper was 15 she got struck by lightning and now she can sense the dead. It’s described as a vibration, that gets stronger as she moves closer to the body. What I loved about this is how simple that is. It’s very black and white and makes for a great Paranormal element, but also it is believable enough for a Crime reader to enjoy.
Recommended for: Crime Crusader, Paranormal Purveyor,