When she was 15, Harper Connelly was struck by a bolt of lightning. Now she can find dead people. It took time, but now Harper's made a life for herself, with a career, and a lover - her step-brother, Tolliver. But when ghosts from the past start making themselves known Harper's happiness is shattered. Tolliver's father is back, her lost sister has been sighted.... Problem is, now someone wants Harper dead.
©2009 Charlaine Harris (P)2009 Recorded Books LLC
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges
Usually when I enjoy a book I'd say I couldn't put it down but in this case I simply didn't know where the time had gone. Although at the start of the story it looks like it will mainly be romance there soon develops a very interesting plot with several twists and turns (which you can't always see coming a mile away). Charlaine Harris is brilliant at characterization and you are drawn in as much because of their faults as their good points.
Usually I prefer an English narrator but Alyssa Bresnahan is brilliant, reading in a very natural tone, with an accent that seems to suit the story and voicing the different parts very well.
It is important to know that this book is the last in the series. I hadn't realized this when I bought it in the sale and now the earlier books are spoiled for me, so I would strongly suggest getting those first. The order is: Grave Sight, Grave Surprise, An Ice Cold Grave and Grave Secret. As far as I can see at the time of writing this review, Audible does not stock the first title in this series. I would not be put off buying the other books because of that, even as a stand alone Grave Secret it is a great read and I will probably go back and buy the others at some point too.
The novel was well delivered, narrated ably by Alyssa Bresnahan. I'd been drawn to the book by its description of the main character's ability to communicate with the dead and I love a good supernatural tale.
Sadly, this ability is restricted to a quick conveyance of their means of demise and not much more, so the plot is mainly about her dysfunctional family's history and the pursuance of truth about a young woman's death.
As a mystery story, it was fine but as I'd been looking for something with a supernatural edge it was disappointing.
The most interesting aspect was the different characters and their interaction.
It was interesting how all of the people who had drink or drug problems had been lawyers or other high flyers. Why couldn't her family be simple "po' white trash"?
The least interesting aspect was her psychic ability: without it there would have been no mystery, but it was simply a hook on which to hang the real story.
I loved this story. A typical American story, from the heartland. Authentic, bright and very well written. Worth listening, over and over again.
This story is good, but not brilliant. There are long parts were you just wish the author would get on with it and you find yourself only half listening, waiting for something to happen. My real issue with this book however is the narrator. Her voice is horrible, it's got an annoying warble that makes it sound like she's got a cold or is about to burst into tears. I almost stopped listening several times because her voice irritated me so much. Might try the next book and see if the story and narration improve.
Great narration. I like to list this first as it can make or break a story.
Loved this story. Easy listerning and very entertaining. Will be impatiently waiting for any new books in audio from this author.
I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh, Coreene Callahan and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
"Great series as addictive as all her others!"
Yup! You can listen to it driving to work, grocery shopping etc. you don't have to 'put it down' for a second.
I love Topher!
Great! Well read!
Please make into a film!!!!!!
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