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