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Grave Surprise. Charlaine Harris

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A bolt of lightning struck Harper Connelly when she was 15, leaving her with a strange spider web of red on her torso and right leg, episodes of weakness, shakes and headaches - and an ability to find dead people.Harper is summoned to Memphis to demonstrate her unique talent, but there are still plenty of sceptics, even as Harper stands atop a grave and announces there are two bodies buried there. The police are convinced there's something fishy going on when the grave is opened to reveal the centuries-dead remains of a man, which they'd expected (that being his grave, after all) and a dead girl, which no one expected - except Harper, of course. And suspicions are raised even further because Harper had failed to find eleven-year-old Tabitha Morgenstern when she was abducted two years before.Harper and Tolliver need to find the real killer to prove Harper's innocence, especially after their nocturnal visit to the cemetery in hopes that Harper can sense something more is followed by the discovery, the following morning, of a third dead body in the grave ...

Charlaine Harris is the author of several NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series. She is married, with children, and lives in Arkansas.

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Charlaine Harris(Author)
  • Gollancz (September 1, 2012)
  • English
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  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Cherise Everhard on January 14, 2008

    This is the second book in the Harper Connelly Mystery series.When Harper Connelly was a young girl she was struck by lightning. Since the lightning strike there are several oddities that are now a normal part of her life; weakness in one of her legs, a spider web pattern on her leg, headaches and oh yeah, she can locate dead people. If Harper is in a reasonable distance of a corpse she can find its exact location and see the deceased's final moments.Harper and her stepbrother, Tolliver, travel to Memphis to hold a demonstration of her talents at a very old cemetery whose records have just been located. Professor Nunley brings her out there thinking to prove her a charlatan in front of his class, only to have Harper accurately name the deceased and their causes of death. When she stumbles on a recent burial of a young girl, the professor thinks he has won. But, of course, Harper is right and memories of a case she wasn't able to solve come flooding back when she knows she finally found the poor girls body.Harper and Tolliver are then the center of a media storm as Harpers gift is scrutinized and the search for the killer begins...I admit to being a little put off by the unusually close relationship Harper and Tolliver seem to share. I don't know why, maybe it's because I have a brother and if he did half the things that Tolliver does, I'd scream, flee, then vomit... and I am sure the feeling is mutual. During the first book, Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1), I had to repeat "they are step siblings; there is no blood between them." I think half way through this book I finally got over it. Halfway through this book I began to see beyond the "step" label and just see two people who share an intense past and who love and care for one another, deeply.This was a great follow up to Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1). I was pleased to find the mystery a little more challenging then the first one and found myself flip flopping through the list of suspects. I thought the characters gave the reader an interesting mix of feelings, often times both sympathy and suspect. I already ordered the third book, An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 3), and then went on Charlaine Harris's web site to see when I might be able to get the fourth book. It's safe to say, I am hooked!

  • By clifford on November 6, 2010

    The main character here is named Harper. The story starts off in a graveyard where Harper is demonstrating to a University classroom her ability to connect with dead people. While at the graveyard, she uncovers a girl who had recently been killed. It turns out that this is a girl that Harper tried to find over a year ago.Harper, her brother, the parents of the child, the brother and aunt of the child, all of these characters then become suspects in a mystery. The mystery is probably one of the most silly I have ever come across. First of all, Harper and her brother dont sleuth... Charlaine Harris puts her characters in a few situations where it might seem like they are solving the crime through deductive abilities, but they are really just having everything handed to them on a silver platter. All they have to do is hang around their hotel room and every fringe character there is manages to stop by and add to the investigation. And the ending... Just nasty.I was kind of excited by the first few pages. I thought that this was going to be a great story. Sadly, Grave Surprise falls apart fast and becomes less than mediocre. Characters do strange things that push the plot along. Its like this story could not have unfolded unless implausible coincidence piled on implausible coincidence occurred at just the right moment.Another thing that got me down was how the characters are always internalizing dread or misgivings. Its sort of like in the movies when you get that psycho music every time a character is about to open a door and they hesitate. This happens over and over again, either in extreme situations or in small ones where Harper has one jerky doubt after another. I think this is a cheep ploy to ratchet up the suspense. I also don't think it worked very well.What struck me as funny was that Harper thought to herself a couple of times in a couple of different ways how this person or that was hyper-critical or a snob. What I have to say about the character Harper, is that she is one of the most dis-likable characters I have ever come across. She has her nose pointed straight up in the air, is looking down on just about everyone, just a terribly gross inner person. She is also 100% full up with self pity. If Charlaine Harris is at all like Harper, this is one person I want to keep in another room.The police are as 2-dimensional as you will ever come across. There is an FBI guy who got so attached to the young missing girl, he fell apart and the case ruined him (cliche to the extreme)... Everyone here is not developed well.

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