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Grave Secret (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – November 2, 2010
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"Grave Secret" is a pretty solid conclusion to Charlaine Harris' short but sweet series about a woman able to sense the dearly departed. Mysteries are solved, plot threads are wrapped up, relatives are dealt with, and dirty little secrets are unveiled -- and while one pivotal secret is rather far-fetched, it handles all the loose threads deftly while keeping the door open for more possible stories about Harper and Tolliver.
After doing a job for the wealthy Joyce family, Harper and Tolliver face their toughest challenge yet: telling super-rigid Aunt Iona, Uncle Hank and their younger half-sisters that they're a couple. It doesn't help that this town is also where they lived as the abused blended family of neglectful junkies, and where Harper's beloved sister Cameron mysteriously vanished. As if their family relations weren't strained enough, Tolliver's creepy dad Matthew appears in town, claiming he wants to mend fences.
At the same time, Harper has been hired by the Joyces to find a missing baby that may be their grandfather's secret love child -- but someone is determined to keep her from finding it. People around her are getting injured, kidnapped and murdered -- even Tolliver has been shot. And as Harper tries to unravel the mysteries from years ago, she realizes that the Joyce family has a long-ago link to her own...
It's fairly obvious in "Grave Secret" that Charlaine Harris is ending the Harper Connelly series, although she leaves the door open for future adventures (if and when she ever wants to continue).Read more ›
The story moves along at a fair clip, and unfortunately relies on contrivance a lot to either prolong suspense or force resolution. At times, Harper and her brother/lover/whatever (and it's pretty weird that they haven't settled THAT bit of vocabulary) make mindblowingly stupid choices to further the plot. There's a lot of peppering description with "she saw someone suspicious out of the corner of her eye, but didn't bother to look closer" and a couple of instances when you wonder if Harper and her brother/lover/whatever have learned anything about caution from their previous run-ins with people who want them dead. These protagonists are not particularly smart, is what I'm saying.
The previous book in the series was far creepier and more suspenseful, and actually had me reading late into the night. This one takes a more Dan Brown route, building up a confrontation only to blow it within a few paragraphs. Read it to wrap up the series, there's nothing wrong with most of the story elements. But it's not as smoothly crafted as I think it could have been, with more time and editing.
I love this series for its bravery in tackling certain serious subject matter - child abuse and neglect, making one's own way in the world despite tragic circumstances - and I love the characters, who are portrayed in an immensely interesting and realistic way. I enjoyed the first installment (Grave Sight), loved the second (Grave Surprise) and was blown away by the complex and riveting third installment (An Ice Cold Grave). I enjoyed this fourth and final installment too, but I felt the plot relied a bit too heavily on contrivance and convenience. As the last book in the series, I know certain threads needed to be tied up, but this book could perhaps have used some additional editing, and it didn't flow as organically as other books in the series. [Obviously I can't speculate on the whys, but it seems like Ms. Harris must have a lot of demands on her time these days with the success of Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood. If that's so, then I for one thank her for making time for this last Harper Connelly book. I couldn't have stood not knowing how things turned for Harper.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you can get past the brother/boyfriend relationship, the book is a great paranormal read. There has been a lag between this book and the previous ones in the series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mallory
Ties up loose ends in the series. Enjoyed them all. Charlaine Harris is a wonderful writer. All her series are worth reading.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Harper Connelly is my favorite character created by Charlaine Harris. I only wish there were more Harper books.Published 2 months ago by bspeakes
Harper Connolly is a survivor. She is the product of a hellish upbringing with a drug addicted/alcoholic mother AND step father - she and her sister and two step brothers were... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kat Romeo
Grave Secrets is one of the best books I've read in a while. The story of Harper Connelly and Tolliver Lang has a lot of closure in this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another great ending by Harris to another great series! A must read - I read the whole series in a week!Published 3 months ago by Kimberlee D.
I love Charlaine Harris. I love Harper Connelly's character almost as much as Sookie's.Published 3 months ago by Sara Quinn