ARC Review | Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris

Posted December 19, 2016 by Tina in Reviews / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review | Grave Surprise by Charlaine HarrisCharlaine Harris' Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly graphic novels, #2) by Charlaine Harris, Royal McGraw, Ilias Kyriazis
Published by Dynamite Entertainment on December 27th 2016
Pages: 136
Source: Netgalley

The official graphic novel adaptation of Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris, the author of The Southern Vampire Mysteries!
Harper Connelly, a psychic capable of finding dead people and reading their last thoughts, discovers a grave in Memphis with two bodies: a man centuries dead, and a girl recently deceased. How the two bodies ended up together would be perplexing enough... but the sudden appearance of a third body the next morning makes this a mystery that perhaps even Connelly can't solve!

I found Grave Surprise on Netgalley but I didn’t realize that it was book two in the series. That being said, I don’t really think you have to read book one because I understood what was going because they provided some good background information to help me understand the story.

The Story

Harper was struck by lightening and was given an amazing power. She has the ability to help the dead by reading their last thoughts. She goes across the country helping family members and the dead find peace except for one family the Morgenstern.

She has never been able to find the body of their missing daughter Tabitha until a recent trip to Memphis leads to Harper discovering Tabitha’s body. This starts a whole mystery as to how did Tabitha die and who is responsible.

I honestly loved the story from the moment I read the synopsis. I was even more intrigued as I began to read the story. I really loved the paranormal aspect along with the mystery. I wasn’t entirely sure where the story was going only that I needed to continue reading so that I could find out who did it.

The Characters

Harper is our main character and I really liked her. I loved her special power and that she was able to help so many families even when it was totally emotionally, physically and mentally draining. I was able to connect with her because I felt like she really cared about the families and she really wanted to bring justice for Tabitha.

Tolliver is Harper’s brother but he’s more of her stepbrother from what I gathered. I loved how involved he was with Harper’s ability. He was caring even when he didn’t always do the right thing.

I know they’re not real brother and sister so I ship it.

The Art

The art was dark and gritty. I personally really loved that it kept me turning the page. I loved the colors that were used and I felt like it really complimented the story and made it more believable for me.


I absolutely loved this graphic novel and now I want to read the first one so I can really understand the story. I would definitely recommend this if you like paranormal themed graphic novels.

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