Title: A Killer Harvest
Author: Paul Cleave
Genres: Thriller
Release Day: August 1st 2017
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A new thriller from the Edgar-nominated author of Trust No Oneand 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.

3 stars!

I left the entire blurb intact, that is a huge blurb for a book shelved as Thriller/Mystery people! I started reading A Killer Harvest more than a month ago, the process went like this: binge read up to 30% and then leave it for about a month and then speed read the rest because it’s still sitting on my NetGalley shelf and it’s messing with my feedback ratio.

The story starts with a murder, Joshua’s dad dies while investigating another murder and in return his partner kills the guy. Talk about a powerful opening to a story, I was immediately drawn in because I could already tell there was more to these characters. After his father’s death Joshua is pulled from his class and rushed to the hospital for an eye transplant, taking his father’s eyeballs. Shortly after his recovery, and after his friends abandon him because he’s not blind anymore, he goes into semi hiding due to the press. And then everything goes to shit.

I’m going to stop here and point out something from the blurb, But a mishap during the surgery leads to Joshua unknowingly getting one eye from his father, and the other from Simon.” That’s not what happens, at all. Obviously from the blurb we know that he got one eye from his father and one from the killer, the reason why that happened ruined the entire thing for me. This is the kind of book that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. The minor details, from the detectives investigating a murder on the first page and being totally careless, doing stuff that even I, a civilian, wouldn’t do, from the medical stuff that handles surgeries and transplants. I was in a constant state of WTF and this would never happen are you kidding me. 

If the book had been promoted as Horror since the scenes on this book are hilariously over the top, bloody and just something out of a cheap gore horror movie, I would have gone in with a different mindset, had I requested this at all. I though this would be a mystery, crime book with a twist around the eye situation, what I got instead was incompetent people in very important situations fucking up all the time so it could work out for the plot. I did like roughly the first half, the nice set up for something good to follow that never did and the way Cleave wrote, it was the only thing that made me push through the later half of the book.

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