by Charlaine Harris
Harper Connelly makes a living finding bodies and figuring out how they died, but she's not a cop. When she was young, she was struck by lightning, which gave her the ability to sense the dead.
Yup. That's right. She can sense the dead. They buzz in her brain until she's right over them and then she sees their last moments.
Cemeteries can give her a peaceful buzz or a major headache. The more recent the death, the louder the noise. The more violent the death, the scarier the picture.
And while she can see a murder victim's final moments, she can never see the killer. But that's ok with her. She doesn't want to solve cases (except for that of her younger sister's disappearance and probable murder); she just wants to find the body, declare the cause of death, get paid, and get out of town.
Unfortunately, while the residents of Sarne need her services, she's very unwelcome while she's there. And when she finds the body of a dead teenage girl whose mother is murdered soon after the discovery, she now becomes a key person in an investigation where no one wants her around, and someone really seems to want her dead.
With the help of her friend/coworker/stepbrother, can Harper solve a town's mystery when the town doesn't want her around?
Final thoughts: Nice change of pace from the Sookie Stackhouse novels. This book is aimed more at older readers (think college and beyond), so it's off my normal YA review path, but it's still decently written. Now that the basic premise has been set, I'm sure the next books in the series will have less exposition and more plot. Decent read all around.