A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave

A Killer Harvest

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...

Title:A Killer Harvest
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ISBN:1501153013
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:400 pages

A Killer Harvest Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Have you ever discovered an author that you felt was immensely talented but widely under appreciated? This is exactly how I feel regarding

    . Don’t let the description suggest that this book contains a B-rated story; it’s precisely the opposite. I’m glad the cover includes the insinuation of cellular memory in the description, as I think many readers would be turned off if this was somehow the big twist of the book. Knowing that going in led me to open my imagination and suspend my nee

    Have you ever discovered an author that you felt was immensely talented but widely under appreciated? This is exactly how I feel regarding

    . Don’t let the description suggest that this book contains a B-rated story; it’s precisely the opposite. I’m glad the cover includes the insinuation of cellular memory in the description, as I think many readers would be turned off if this was somehow the big twist of the book. Knowing that going in led me to open my imagination and suspend my need for a realistic plot. If you can do that, you might have the same 5 star experience that I did while reading

    .

    So yes, cellular memory is the backbone of the theme of this novel, but it’s just a fraction of what makes this book so neat. Cleave has taken care in crafting a story that is both complex and layered, thus revealing a web of multiple POV snippets that complete the big picture. The first few chapters really gripped my attention, followed by about 25% character building scenes with a slow burning suspense. This worked

    well for me, as I’ve been craving contemporary mystery/thrillers with a combination of the slow burn and high action. There are quite a few characters in this story, which made me appreciate the way the author chose to ensure we had all the important details down and a connection to our characters before yanking the chain and pulling us quickly through the remainder of the book. I read 75% of this book in one sitting; I literally didn’t even break for the bathroom or food.

    I was also extremely pleased with the pacing between twists, big and small. There were lots of smaller

    moments alongside major, jaw dropping twists, and I can honestly say I didn’t see the biggest reveal during the final 100 pages.

    If you are like me and are tired of thrillers that boast a

    level twist which the entire plot depends upon, you’re in luck!

    is not one of those tales; the twists are fantastic and unexpected, but the relationships and emotions between the characters are what really drew me in to caring about what happened, more so than figuring out the ending. Speaking of,

    , but I

    love how he chose to end this book. Let’s just say it gave me the heebie jeebies and the creepy crawlies. :)

    I haven’t had the pleasure of reading Cleave’s series yet, but if it’s anything like

    then I’ll need to read them stat. The cover gives off such a creepy vibe and really portrays the tone of the book well. I think readers who are looking for a little variety in their thrillers will appreciate what the author has created with this story; while cellular memory has become quite a popular theme amongst psychological thrillers and mysteries recently, I feel this one stands out due to the sheer fact the author had me constantly questioning “But what if this COULD happen?” This book was able to take a science fiction like topic and ground it as a contemporary story unlike any I’ve read before. Highly recommended to the reader who is looking to expand their appetite for delicious thrillers and add a little variety to their TBR stacks. I can’t wait to find out if this book thrills you the way it did me!

  • Zoe

    Gritty, dark and undoubtedly one of the best surprises of the year!

    A Killer Harvest is a spine-chilling, often macabre, well-crafted thriller, with a side order of science fiction, that takes us on the hunt to find a missing woman and the vicious, sadistic serial killer responsible for her disappearance.

    The characters are intriguing, well-developed, and complex. And the story starts off with a bang, simmers nicely with some mild action and character development, and then quickly spins at breakne

    Gritty, dark and undoubtedly one of the best surprises of the year!

    A Killer Harvest is a spine-chilling, often macabre, well-crafted thriller, with a side order of science fiction, that takes us on the hunt to find a missing woman and the vicious, sadistic serial killer responsible for her disappearance.

    The characters are intriguing, well-developed, and complex. And the story starts off with a bang, simmers nicely with some mild action and character development, and then quickly spins at breakneck speed through unforeseen twists, well-timed surprises, murder, depravity, and unimaginable wickedness right up to the very last page and the fantastically creepy ending.

    A Killer Harvest truly is an exceptionally riveting novel that will not only fascinate, shock, disturb, and frighten you, but will also leave you contemplating the idea of cellular memory and the potentially horrific consequences of "evil" being stored in all cells.

    I have to admit when I requested this book I was expecting a good book, but this book is not only a good book it's a great book. I loved it, and I can guarantee this will not be the last time a book by Paul Cleave will be on my TBR list.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada (Atria Books) for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

    All my reviews can be found on my blog at

  • Sarah Joint

    There are moments that feel like the grand finale... but the book just keeps going. It deals with a lot of really fascinating topics... cellular memory, questions of morality, the bonds of friendship, and a teenager experiencing vision for the very first time in his entire life. It's very twisted and definitely threw me for a couple of loops, I was almost having a hard time keeping up!

    This is my first Paul Cleave read and I'm impressed.

    There are moments that feel like the grand finale... but the book just keeps going. It deals with a lot of really fascinating topics... cellular memory, questions of morality, the bonds of friendship, and a teenager experiencing vision for the very first time in his entire life. It's very twisted and definitely threw me for a couple of loops, I was almost having a hard time keeping up!

    This is my first Paul Cleave read and I'm impressed.

    The chapters are short and relatively concise.

    One niggle: some of the dialogue. I rarely hear anyone use the word "nor" but at least two of the characters did, one being a teenager. Some of the speech just sounded unnatural to me, especially coming for someone so young. Very small issue in an incredibly well done book, so it doesn't really affect my opinion.

    . In his defense, he has experienced a lot in his short life. He was born blind, and his biological parents both died very young in separate incidents when he was a baby. He's been cared for since by his aunt and uncle, who've become his mother and father... so I'll refer to them as such, as he does. They all seem to have a healthy and loving relationship... until his dad is killed in the line of duty. His partner Ben then kills his murderer, a man named Simon that was known to them.

    He had informed his partner that he wanted them given to his son. A local doctor has performed the groundbreaking operation several times. Left no time to grieve for his father or even begin to accept his death, Josh is rushed into the operating theater.

    Thanks to an inept intern, there's a mix up... Josh does get one eye from his father, but the other came from the man that killed him, Simon.

    Meanwhile, the best friend of the slain murderer is out for revenge. He's determined to get retribution for his loss, and it's not long before Josh and his loved ones are in his sights.

    Suspend any disbelief you may experience and enjoy the crazy ride.

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