A teenage girl from a small Ozarks town is missing and feared dead. Hired by local police, Harper locates the girl's body in a nearby forest. But there's more than one corpse in those woods, and the second one raises questions no one wants to ask. Soon Harper and her stepbrother/assistant, Tolliver, are under suspicion. All they want is to get out of town, but they will have to clear their reputations first.
Charlaine Harris writes best-selling mysteries described by Booklist as "gripping and spicy", and praised by the Denver Post for their "goofy charm".
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"A strong debut that will have readers dying for more." (Booklist)
"Harris delivers a knuckle-gnawing tale populated with well-developed, albeit edgy characters. A nifty puzzle toward the end will challenge the most jaded mystery buffs." (Publishers Weekly)
I chose this book after finishing the Sookie Stackhouse series, which I loved. I knew from the description that this would be darker and more serious but I still had hopes. I did enjoy the story but had it figured out about an hour before the end of the book. The narrator's voice didn't match the character. She didn't sound in her early 20's, plus her voice has a nasal quality which was distracting and at times made me rethink wanting to finish the book. It's not that she's a bad narrator, but perhaps would be better for non-fiction. She sounds as if she has a head cold, plus her voice lacks animation if that makes any sense.
It was okay... The Sookie Stackhouse series is by far better than this book and the first aurora Teagarden book. I was not very attached to the characters by the end and the predictability of the plot made it seem to drag out too long. However, I will give the second book a chance.
I really like thrillers. My favorite type of movie or book is one that has a unique perspective instead of a different version of the same story repeated by many different writers throughout the years. Many books are fine for a one-time listen, but to find one that's good enough to listen to again and again is a rare find indeed!!
The premise sounded like a good idea -- a girl who gets struck by lightning and is left, along with some physical problems, the ability to locate dead bodies. The reader was okay when reading the female characters, but she wasn't able to do a good job with the male characters. The plot line had too many twists and turns and involved so many people who lived and worked in the small town, with a built-in prejudice about these people in this particular state, that I got confused as to which character was which -- especially when so many of them sounded alike due to the reader's vocalizations. I will not be trying any more of the books in this series.
I don't recommend this book, because I think there's many others out there that are much more enjoyable and that you'd want to keep in your library to listen to again and again.
I enjoy listening to my audiobooks while driving. If the book is good, I always stay gone alittle while longer than I should. This book was one of those stay gone all day books.
It kept me intrested. Not on the edge of my seat. It was just a really good book.
She played Harper the right way. She read it the way it was supposed to be interpreted. In my own personal opinion.
Lighting , blackout, and then came the dead.
Its just a really good series.
I love paranormal mysteries and this was no exception. A unique talent and relationships kept me guessing the whole time. I was entertained.
I like this series but she has no change in tone in her voice as Harper. Sad, mad, happy, scared same monotone no emotion voice. Almost makes me miss that something exciting is happening.
I liked this book and the new characters. But not so crazy about the narrator. Johanna Parker who narrated the Sookie Stackhouse books was terrific. I missed her.
Only if they don't mind the same plots
It was a good book for running to because I didn't have to use too much brain power to listen to.
When it seem like the deputy may have been the criminal
For someone who likes a light hearted
If a friend had already had the interest in the occults and extra sensory gendre, this book is an easy listening one.
The idea of being hit by lightening and then having extra senses is an interesting concept
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