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Doesn't hold a candle to Sookie
on 24 May 2011
This is a series of books about Harper Conolly, who was a normal girl before she got hit by lightening. After the lightening strike she found she had the ability to feel dead people. Now she makes her living travelling around the country with her step-brother Tolliver, using her ability to find missing loved ones. Each book is a self-contained story of their adventures, though there are recurring characters and continuation, which means these are not stand-alone books.
I decided to try this series as I enjoyed the True Blood series so much. It provides the same kind of easy read and silly escapism as True Blood, but that's where the similarity ends. I'm sorry to say that this series is a lightweight in comparison. All the books feel rushed, the attempts at mystery, intrigue and drama are sometimes predictable and dull, other times laughable. Harper is nowhere near as charming and spunky as Sookie, and the rest of the cast is narrower, less colourful, less interesting.
Having said this, the concept is original, there is a tantalising theme of forbidden love, and it doesn't pretend to be anything it's not - a cheap and cheerful fantasy. Despite all my negative comments I read the whole series without any difficulty. It might be an unfair to compare the Harper series to a hum-dinger like True Blood but it felt unavoidable. And therefore disappointment was inevitable.