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I continue to struggle to care about Harper Connelly. But, I'm trying.
on October 15, 2009
In Grave Surprise, Charlaine Harris picks up the story of her new heroine, Harper Connelly, shortly after the end of Grave Sight (book one). Harper -- a lightning strike survivor who can now locate the dead and see their last moments -- has been called to an old graveyard to do an exhibition for a college professor and his students. But she finds a missing 11-year-old that she's been looking for for 18 months instead. This introduction sets up a mystery with many twists and turns and lots of surprises.
I'm trying to like Harper Connelly, but the deck is kind of stacked against her. I really adore Harris' character Sookie Stackhouse and the books in that series, and the Harper Connelly mysteries are definitely written to tap into that existing audience of readers. But I just don't get drawn into the stories in the same way. I didn't have a hard time putting down Grave Sight. I didn't seek out times to read, just squeezed it in when it was convenient. Thus the three-star rating. It's a solid story, and enough to peak my interest for the third book, Ice Cold Grave, but I'm not in a rush to add it to my collection.