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A Killer Harvest: A Thriller Hardcover – August 1, 2017
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Praise for A Killer Harvest:
"Starting with a macabre setup, Cleave keeps upping the stakes till any scrap of plausibility is left far behind and only an increasingly effective series of hair-raising thrills remains." (Kirkus Reviews)
“Edgar-finalist Cleave makes an implausible, but very creepy, premise work in this powerful, thought-provoking novel…impressive crime thriller." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Cleave, a master of dark and compelling thrillers, puts a moral spin on this twisting, chilling tale with its disturbing finale.” (Booklist)
Praise for TRUST NO ONE:
“A gripping thriller. TRUST NO ONE draws us into a world where truth blends with delusion. This story of a writer losing his memory and bearings pulls us into a maze where fiction blurs into murder. I couldn’t put it down.” (Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award winning author of Phantom Instinct)
"With an unexpected ending, this thriller is one to remember." (NY Journal of Books)
“This powerhouse novel plays with the subtexts at the core of the mystery genre.” (Booklist)
“On almost every page, this outstanding psychological thriller forces the reader to reconsider what is real.” (Publisher’s Weekly (starred review))
“A vivid, jangled exploration of mental illness, dark imagination, and the nowhere territory in between…. Cleave spins one nightmare scenario after another out of Jerry's homely malady, leaping with such fiendish élan between past and present tense and first-person, second-person, and third-person narration that you may wonder if you've killed someone yourself.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“This one will keep you guessing until the end.” (The Strand Magazine)
"A crime writer with dementia, who can’t tell the facts from his fiction – this very clever novel did my head in time and again. Don’t skip any pages."
(Michael Robotham, CWA Gold Dagger-winning author)
About the Author
Paul Cleave is the internationally bestselling author of ten award-winning crime thrillers, including Joe Victim, which was a finalist for the 2014 Edgar and Barry Awards, Trust No One and Five Minutes Alone, which won consecutive Ngaio Marsh Awards in 2015 and 2016. He lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. Visit his website at PaulCleave.com.
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Suspend a little belief in places but enjoy the diverse characters and non-stop action. This is a great, dark read.
This book is definitely a unique read. The basis of harvesting organs, with the recipients then taking on aspects of the donors' thoughts or mannerisms. Throw in a killer or two and you have the recipe for some page-turning scenes.
Part of the intrigue of this book is putting all of the pieces together. Who is who. Who is the killer. Who is after who. Getting all of the answers kept me turning the pages all of the way to the end.
I really had hoped that this book would have been of the same caliber as Trust No One in the sense that it would blow my mind, maybe leaving me a little dumb-founded. While I truly enjoyed this book, it did lack in those moments where my eyes were bulging and my jaw slack with shock. I think this story had the potential, however Mr. Cleave just didn't achieve that in this book.
The persistent string of misfortune in Joshua's life can come down to only one thing. His family is cursed. How else can the death of his mother and father be explained? Why has he been plagued by blindness? Some might say he's being dramatic, but Joshua has experienced a lot of trauma in his short life. That's why the death of the detective who raised him comes as little surprise. He was investigating the disappearance of a woman when the suspect murdered him. Joshua's Uncle Ben, who happens to be his dad's partner, brought quick justice and killed the suspect on the spot.
Out of the tragedy comes a miracle. Joshua's Dad had the dying wish to donate his working organs. His eyes, in particular, go to Joshua. When the bandages are finally removed, Joshua is able to see the world he's always lived in. He takes in the image of the woman who raised him, the doctor who cured him, and sees a photo of the man who's death afforded him new sight.
Joshua's new eyes also bring visions from his father. Cleave delves into the idea of cellular memory. Essentially, Joshua is able to see images that his dad saw because the cells in his eyes captured those moments. At first this ability reveals itself in harmless ways like recognizing people before they are introduced. Joshua soon begins to see more disturbing images. He bears wittiness to the kind of memories that cause him to question just how well he knew his father.
I'll be the first to admit some hesitance with this novel. If the premise sounds a bit far fetched, that's because it totally is. As I began reading, I was afraid that Cleave wouldn't be able to pull me in. Fortunately, he writes quick action with strong characters that are impossible to ignore. I quickly found my imagination gripping onto Cleave's story and rapidly turning the pages to see what would happen next. Cleave expertly mixes action beats with slower character development sections that give the novel an ever-mounting tinge of suspense. Each time I thought I had figured out the direction of the story, Cleave would throw a curve ball and sling the momentum into a new direction. With A Killer Harvest, Paul Cleave writes another contemporary thriller that is the kind of out of the box entertainment that I thoroughly enjoy.
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A blind eye. Several, in fact.
Moral compasses turned off kilter.