Sunday, May 22, 2011
Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Challenges: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance Challenge, Buy 1 book and read it
My rating: 2/5
Harper Connelly and her boyfriend/partner Tolliver make a living talking to the dead, thanks to a lightening strike Harper suffered when she was a teenager. This left her with the ability to "hear" the dead and be able to find buried bodies and tell how they died.
Harper and Tolliver work a case for a rich family where Harper gives them more info than they expected. They then take some time off to visit their younger siblings (Harper and Tolliver are step-siblings). This visit makes a turn for the worse when they find out Tolliver's father is out of jail. Then it makes another turn for the worse when Tolliver is shot and then the police man guarding Harper is shot.
Mix into this the fact that Harper and Tolliver are still searching for their missing sister and they are getting closer.
Hmm..what to say about this one. I had actually thought I would stop with the series after book #3. I just didn't feel the relationship change between Harper and Tolliver. Sure..they aren't blood related but it was still weird. I decided to give the series another chance and read this one. While the relationship between the two didn't bother me..I didn't like the book any more than I did the last one.
One of the issues I had is that it seems the author is forcing the relationship between the two. Sure..it's weird for them still and weird for their family but it's constantly brought up and constantly talked about. That's not needed. Then the author adds in some sex..nothing graphic, just enough so you know they did something. However it doesn't flow. It totally feels forced and out of place. After each time I was left going..ok..that seemed really odd and out of place for the story.
As for the rest of the story, I don't know. I just didn't feel it. I wasn't totally in to it. I did finish it, I did want to know what happened, but I didn't like it enough to plan on continuing with the series (if the author writes more). I think the series could have promise, but for me the writing needs to really improve before I give it another chance.
I've read several positive reviews of this one though, so don't just take my review.