Harper Connelly travels the country with her step-brother Tolliver, living in hotel rooms and moving from town to town. The pair are in the late twenties but their highly specialized services makes settling down in a normal lifestyle nearly impossible. They make their living by providing the unsual service of finding dead people. Since Harper was struck by lightning when she was sixteen she's had this strange and often unwelcomed ability to find the final resting place of a body and experience the last few minutes of that person's life.
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When a little town in the Ozarks calls her to search the woods for a missing teenage girl, she finds the body and is able to tell them that the deceased was shot twice in the back and left for dead but her abilities do not allow her to see who pulled the trigger. She is also able to tell the town folks that the dead teenage girl's boyfriend had not shot himself as believed but that he too was murdered.
As usual, Harper's special services are not entirely welcomed by all and some of the townspeople are openly hostile to her and her brother, despite the fact that she performed the task that they had asked of her. The duo would usually take their money and run before the hostility can grow but when the dead teenage boy's mother is also murdered, they are not quite free to go.
Harper feels compelled to help clear the mystery of these murders but the longer she stays in the town the more danger she feels that she is in and the more she longs for a 'normal' life especially after things heat up between her and the handsome, widowed police deputy. But romance takes a back seat when she is forced to fend off an attack by some of the local teenage boys and her brother is unjustly thrown in jail. Harper begins to wonder just who is trying to distract her from discovering the truth.
The review of this Book prepared by Patricia Sullivan