The narrator did a poor job with the characters. Either Harper Connelly is a depressed person or the narrator portrayed her that way.
She's too dry. She needs to add some passion to her readings.
Love a well told story (all genres) with a flavor of romance.
Definitely page turner as all listeners and readers have remarked. Love the development of the storyline and characters. I find the narrator's performance perfectly fit for the protagonist, Harper Connolly. The narrator has different voices and tones for various characters; well done and easy to follow. Great listen! Looking forward to next book.
This was an interesting story. I love Harper and Tolliver. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
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.
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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.