Book #77: Grave Sight (2005)

IMG_2561.JPGAuthor: Charlaine Harris
Language: English
Length: 474 minutes (7 hours 54 minutes)
Finished listening on: 28 October 2014

I think I’m going to start recommending books based on some kind of memorability index. This one would score pretty lowly. Granted, the main reason I’d have cause to do such a thing is that I’ve been neglecting this blog somewhat.

Grave Sight wasn’t as bad as I’d thought it’d be from the blurb, let’s put it that way. I’d thought it’d be a whiny young adult novel about a teenager trying to find her place in the world, akin to Twilight, but instead what I got was a novel about a young woman in her twenties trying to make her way – this, at least, is more relatable to me.

The premise of the novel is that she has supernatural powers, the ability to sense dead bodies and relive their dying moments. Understandably, she’s a pretty fragile character after all that, so as she goes around America selling her services, she’s accompanied for emotional support by her stepbrother, with whom she has some barely contained sexual tension, however much of the book she spends denying it.

The small-town setting off the book definitely had a whiff of American Gods, dare I say it. The author did manage to create an appropriate atmosphere for the setting. But mostly, the book went in one ear, and out the other. I didn’t feel much sympathy for the girl, and lost interest after a while. I also couldn’t keep track of most of the side characters. But it was fine enough to keep going and accompany me during some of my longer bike rides. Just unremarkable.

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