I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
What a nice surprise. I have read Harris' Sookie series and thought this might be along the same lines. It kinda is, but it has a darker feel to it than Sookie. I guess one "knows" that Harper will survive, but... every scene that came up I wondered if she was going to get hurt, or arrested, or... something.
There is a lot of character development, but it was slipped right into the story without making you feel like you were getting a time-out to learn something.
I never try to figure out a plot before the end so while I was not really surprised at who the bad guy was, I spent the book not fully convinced it wasn't Harper's boyfriend all along. Though I will admit that Harper could have figured it out just a bit faster than she did... but anyway... I'll certainly read the rest of this series.
The narration is well done, but the narrator's voice is too mature for what you'd think Harper should sound like.
Mystery & Suspense
The characters are interesting. The story is great and as realistic as expected.
She was great & fit the part perfectly.
I couldn't stop listening with book 1, book2, book3 etc. you'll love it!
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
I would. It was a new concept and I liked Harper's voice.
I figured out the ending- all of it- pretty early. Not that everyone else would.
I don't know if the mic was too close of what, but I heard every page turn, every time she swallowed, every thing her mouth did. I couldn't listen to this wearing headphones.
I enjoyed it overall. And have already continued the series
While this is not the Sookie Stackhouse series, I still enjoyed this book. I do have to say that I am not thrilled with the narrator.., she is so precise when she speaks, she seems to enunciate everything. That is not a bad thing, but to me it just does not fit the character. Anyway, the book was good nonetheless.
Have always enjoyed the ones reads by Johanna Parker. Alyssa Bresnahan's reading was too flat, with little emotion, spoken/read in clipped, rapid staccato fashion. Did not enjoy this at all!
Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.
The main characters are a pair of step siblings. The girl, Harper, is the one who having been hit by lighting can now find nearby dead bodies and pinpoint the manner of death. Her stepbrother Tolliver acts as her manager/bodyguard. One critic says, "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". That sounds like a reasonable way to describe it. Something is a little off with the pair of them. I found them interesting despite this more from their background. Her mom married his dad, but the parents were lawyers who descended into poverty, crime and child neglect due to drug addiction, and her sister was abducted and assumed killed as a teen. I guess they are sort of interesting like a car accident is interesting so I felt compelled to keep listening. I figured out who did it and the motive in this one close to the end but it was close enough to the end that I didn't feel gypped.
Say something about yourself!
At first I had a hard time getting started with this book. I found myself starting then changing to another audio. Once I gave it some time I enjoyed trying to figure out what type of book it was going to be. Mystery..? Supernatural? both? I think the problem was the reader, she seemed so dry in the beginning, but I think that is part of the story. By mid book I was very interested and trying to predict the end.
It turns out to be a Mystery that is started by Harper do to the fact that she can find bodies.
There are 4 books in the series so far. I will defiantly move to book 2.
I am really enjoying these characters. I have to say though, that Harper is a VERY similar character to Sookie... kind of a variation on a theme. That said, I like Harper as a character better than Sookie. Just personal preference. This mystery was fun and different and I have started to buy all the books.
I picked this book because I love Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. Admittedly, I haven't read a mystery in a while. I liked the story, definitely got caught up in the drama and was intrigued by the relationship between the main character, Harber Connelly and her brother.
But I found the story dark and weirdly depressing, not sure why.
I definitely wanted to finish the book, got a little confused by the conclusion- I had to rewind a few times but I rationalize it was because I was cleaning and multitasking during the read.
Is it worth the credit? yes. Have a bought another book in the series? No so far.
A bit surprised because I'm such a huge fan of Harris' other series, as I mentioned before.
I liked the characters and premise so will listen to more in this series if I get a chance. This wasn't a waste of time - just not great. Hopefully the series will "grow on me" which is sometimes the case.