The first Harper Connelly mystery from #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris!
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. Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver are experts at getting in, getting paid, and then getting out of town fast—because the people who hire Harper have a funny habit of not really wanting to know what she has to tell them.
At first, the little Ozarks town of Sarne seems like no exception. A teenage girl has gone missing, but the secrets of her death—and the secrets of the town—are deep enough that even Harper’s special ability can’t uncover them. With hostility welling up all around them, she and Tolliver would like nothing better than to be on their way. But then another woman is murdered. And the killer’s not finished yet...
Ever since Harper Connelly survived a zap from a lightning bolt, she's been able to find dead people, a skill that makes the protagonist in the first installment of Harris's new series a tad more bizarre than the mind-reading heroine of the author's Sookie Stackhouse books (Dead as a Doornail, etc.). Harper travels to the Ozark town of Sarne, Ark., to find a missing teenage girl's body, accompanied by her stepbrother, Tolliver, who acts as her manager and bodyguard and with whom she shares a thinly disguised physical attraction that they manage to keep at bay by engaging in casual sex with various partners. Finding the body takes no time at all, but leaving town afterward isn't so easy. When Harper's life is threatened and Tolliver ends up in jail on trumped-up charges, it quickly becomes apparent that something sinister is going on in Sarne. Harris delivers a knuckle-gnawing tale populated with well-developed, albeit edgy characters. A nifty puzzle toward the end will challenge the most jaded mystery buffs.
This was a fun and spellbinding read. Lots of plot twists that kept me hating to put it down!
Couldn’t put it down
I got this book for free at my work. The cover and explanation of the story interested me. It took me a few months to finally have time to sit down and read. I brought it on a weekend long vacation. Finished the book in 2 days. The story was very interesting and something I’ve never read before. I seriously couldn’t put it down.
Too dark for me
One of the things I love about Charlaine is her sparkle and fun. Sookie, Midnight and Auroral are delightful! And I like her new Gunnie Rose series!
But this book is too dark and brooding. Depressing.
Look, I am no Pollyanna, but I just didn’t get the same pleasure as I get from her other series.