- Rob Solka
Grave Sight, by Charlaine Harris, is an unusual and inventive twist on the classic genre of whodunit mysteries. The story follows Harper Connelly, a woman who has developed a unique ability after being struck by lightning as a child. Now, no matter where the bodies are, how old they are, or how well they are hidden, Harper can find them—and see how they died.
Harper, with her stepbrother Tolliver, makes her living by travelling across the country finding the missing dead. Her latest job brings her to the small town of Sarn, Arkansas. What at first seems like a simple case of a missing girl becomes more complicated when a new murder occurs and Harper and Tolliver's lives are put in danger.
There's an old saying that every small town has its secrets and Sarn, Arkansas, is no exception. In fact, Sarn has more secrets than it can contain and by the book's conclusion the skeletons are busting out of the town’s closets—skeletons named lies, murder, and adultery. As the mystery unfolds, the small town of Sarn descends into brutal brawls and shootouts in a final act that fires on all cylinders.
With the mystery of a murdered teenage girl in a small town, I was constantly reminded of the television show Twin Peaks, which is not exactly a bad thing. Though I have to be honest and say Harris’ Grave Sight is a bit slow to start, it finishes with a bang and is certainly worth a read. If you read this book and are dying to read more about Harper Connelly’s adventures then you’re in luck because this is the first in a series of books, all of which can be found in both the digital and print collections of the CRRL.