My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Teen pregnancies, kidnappings, unborn fetus harvesting, illegal adoptions, emotional hardships, cold, dreary, rainy days, human trafficking, sex trafficking, love lost, love won, cold-blooded murders, fiery explosions, scars (of both the mental and physical type), illogical medical madness, and the forcible will to live all contribute to the ensnaring suspense in this leg-shaking and enthralling page-turner of a mystery thriller.
Chris Patchell does a sublime job with Dark Harvest!
Loaded with tons of twists and turns, the poignant narrative, set in a very rainy Seattle, features an intriguing, however problematic cast of characters—each one deeply unsettled in his and her own right: They are as follows:
• Marissa Rooney, former teen mother and our main protagonist, whose life is a barrel of self-doubt and conflict—stemming from her youth.
• Seth Crawford, a troubled former cop and Marissa’s boyfriend—who battles with his own tortuous demons.
• Brooke, Marissa’s youngest teenage daughter—who incidentally survived captivity by a deranged psychopath (the same who murdered her best friend), and is struggling to return to a place of normalcy in her young life.
• Kelly, Marissa’s eldest teenage daughter—who wasn’t given a broad role in this great, movie-like novel, but who still has a sliver of importance, nevertheless.
• Henry, a brilliant computer hacker/coder at the Holt Foundation—and an annoying thorn in Seth Crawford’s side.
• Evan Holt, Holt Foundation heir and boss to Marissa, Seth, and Henry—whom all, by the way, are working together, although on haphazard terms with the Seattle P.D., to find two missing pregnant women: Becky Kincaid and Suzie Norwood.
• Dr. Xander Wilcox, an esteemed mastermind of a surgeon—who also happens to be a cancerous tumor on the medical profession.
• Victoria “Tory” Kaplan, a pretty, young half pitiable, half contemptible copper-haired nurse—who presents as both a hapless manpleaser and dastardly partner to Dr. Wilcox.
At break-neck speed, Patchell wraps this compelling ensemble around a plot so thrilling, unnerving, and mystifying—with an ending so well-written, smooth-flowing, and encapturing—that its readers won’t even realize that they’ve completed the book until they’ve turned the final page, only to find themselves at the “Author’s Notes.”
. . .That’s just how intense of a novel Dark Harvest is. It will leave you wanting more. I was so sorry that this story had to end, but it did. . .though not without a few tears shed, courtesy of mine eyes.
Chris Patchell has contributed a fine attainment that is Dark Harvest. And indeed, it is a fine attainment of which she can truly be proud.
• It is my kind pleasure to thank Kindle Press, as well as NetGalley, for the advanced copy of “Dark Harvest,” in exchange for my honest review.
Analysis of “Dark Harvest” by Chris Patchell is courtesy of Reviews by Cat Ellington.
Date of Review: Thursday, May 18, 2017