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Publisher's Summary

Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface. To make matters worse, Tolliver learns from his older brother that their father is out of jail and trying to reestablish contact with other family members. Tolliver wants no part of the man- but he may not have a choice in the matter.
Soon, family secrets ensnare them both, as Harper finally discovers what happened to her missing sister, Cameron, so many years before.
And what she finds out will change her world forever.
Crack another case with Harper Connelly
©2009 Charlaine Harris, Inc. (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By V. Sharol Cutrell on 10-31-09

Satisfactory final conclusion

This is the 4th (and last, [sigh]) Harper Connelly book. Harper is able to find dead bodies as a result of a lightning strike when she was a teenager. She and her "brother" travel from place to place selling their services to people who want more information about their deceased loved ones.

The best part of this series is the developing relationship between Harper and Tolliver. In this book, more family members become involved and the two of them try to figure out what happened to her sister years before. The characters are wonderful, and Bresnahan does a masterful job creating the character of Harper (the book is written in first person).

I'm glad that Harris brought the series to a logical conclusion. She had stated a few months ago that the series was finished after this book, and it leaves the reader satisfied that the lives of the characters have stabilized with the discovery of those "grave secret"s in the title.

It wasn't a typical Harris book, and I'm sure it will be criticized for that, but I enjoyed it very much. It was necessary to bring closure to the series to focus on Harper's personal tragedies, and that made the plot structure slightly more predictable than that of the previous books in the series. However, I REALLY didn't see the climax coming. Harris did a fantastic job of tying loose ends together and having a true conclusion to the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 10-30-09

Really liked it!

I have enjoyed all the Harper Connolly books from Charlaine Harris and this one was no exception. Alyssa Bresnahan did her usual stellar job in bringing Harper to life. Many loose ends from earlier books were tied up and Harper really grew as a character, since Tolliver was somewhat sidelined. I understand that there will be more books in the series, so this one is really an ending and a beginning for Harper and Tolliver. Not to mention that I was completely gobsmacked by the revelations at the end of the book!

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