Saturday, September 9, 2017

[Book Review] A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave

Book Review of A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave

A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave is an incredible crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Once I picked this one up, I really struggled to put it down; I just couldn't wait to see what happened next! This is definitely going to be one of my favorite books of the year!

A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave book photo

A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave

A new thriller from the Edgar-nominated author of Trust No One and Joe Victim about a blind teenager who receives new eyes through corneal donation and begins to see and feel memories that he believes belong to the previous owners a detective and a serial killer.

Joshua is convinced there is a family curse. It's taken away his biological parents, robbed him of his eyesight, and is the reason his father Logan, the detective who raised him, is killed while investigating the homicide of a young woman. The suspect, Simon Bowers, is killed by Logan's partner Ben, whose intentions are murkier than expected.

After this tragedy Joshua is handed an opportunity he can't refuse: a new pair of eyes. But a mishap during the surgery leads to Joshua unknowingly getting one eye from his father, and the other from Simon. As Joshua navigates a world of sight, he gets glimpses of what his eyes might have witnessed in their previous life. Memories, truths, and lies Joshua discovers a world darker than the one he has emerged from. What else has he failed to see?

Meanwhile, Simon's accomplice Vincent is bent on revenge, going after the loved ones of those involved in Simon's death and Vincent is drawing closer and closer to Joshua.

Thriller virtuoso Paul Cleave is back with another riveting story of hidden secrets and unspeakable horrors that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

My thoughts:
This is going to be another rather short one, as I don't want to give too much away!

I thought the plot was so interesting! The storyline started with a bang and then slowed for a bit as we dove into character development. But then there's a point soon after where the action picks up and it doesn't let up until the very last page. Once I hit that point, I couldn't put the book down!

There were so many twists and turns that I absolutely did not see coming, along with many A-HA moments sprinkled in. Needless to say, I thought the suspense was incredible! I was almost constantly feeling anxious while reading and just had to keep going to find out what happened next.

The way this author drops important info into the story was incredible. For example, there was a quick scene in the beginning of the book that is referenced near the end.

The characters were all so lovely and wonderfully developed. Even the “bad” characters were incredibly intriguing! I loved the connection that was created between the "bad" guys and one of the characters from the beginning of the book.

As a reader, I felt protective over Joshua because he was such a lovely character. His thoughts and feelings were also so perfectly written that I found myself getting angry with his mom when he did, I felt nerves when he did.

My favorite passages: 
... looking at his watch again, as if to make sure it hasn't been lying to him.

Today the lie is going to be massive. The man they are here to see is going to tell them he was on the other side of the planet visiting his sick mother in hospital. He was on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean rescuing dolphins. He was orbiting the moon. He was anywhere except for the one place they know he had been…

Monday does what it does best- it arrives quicker than any other day. Joshua is sure the physics behind that is something neither Albert Einstein nor Stephen Hawking could get a handle on.

That’s the thing about the Scott Bullies of the world - they do what they want because they can, because they don’t care, because their empathy chip has been switched out with an asshole chip.

My final thoughts:
Definitely one of my favorite crime novels of all time! If you enjoy gritty and dark crime thrillers, you have to pick this one up!

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite crime thriller?


  1. This sounds incredible. I love it when a book can create real tension in the reader. Interesting bad guys is always a plus as well. I'm glad you found yourself so in sync with the protagonist as well. Great review!

  2. I love it when the beginning of a book has some symmetry with the end.

    This sounds really good! I haven't read anything by Paul Cleave before.

    1. Me too!! :) This was my first book from Paul Cleave, but I will definitely be picking another up soon!!

  3. I got this in my Page Habit Box. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

    1. Oh! I just checked out the Page Habit box, that is definitely going on my wish list when our budget loosens up! It looks awesome!!