Becky Kincaid ventures out in the middle of a snowstorm to buy a car seat for her unborn baby and never makes it home. When a second pregnant woman disappears, Marissa Rooney and the team at the Holt Foundation fear a sinister motive lurks behind the crimes.
Lead investigator, Seth Crawford, desperately searches for the thread that binds the two cases together, knowing that if he fails, another woman will soon be gone. While Seth hunts for clues, a madman has Marissa in his sights and she carries a secret that could tear her whole world apart.
Can Seth stop the killer before he reaps his dark harvest?
This novel starts out with lots of action that keeps the plot moving. Later in the book, however, the plot does bog down. We read of the past experiences of a couple of the characters and their thoughts. Those sections did not move the plot along but did give us a deeper insight into the women. The action ramps up again towards the end of the book for an exciting finish.
The author uses the universal viewpoint so we have the experiences and thoughts of many characters. The narrative jumps back in time on occasion as the viewpoint changes. I don't like that style of writing and found it distracting.
Patchell has given readers a journey into the darker side of humanity. We delve into illegal adoptions and other aspects of what can be harvested from pregnant women. There was information about degenerative brain diseases included that I found very interesting.
There is lots of crude and vulgar language, as well as casual sex that was a little too descriptive for my taste.
There is a parallel plot line dealing with the daughter of one of the main characters. She had been previously kidnapped and recovered. Her experiences of stress in this novel take up quite a bit of the narrative. Because of that, I would highly suggest that the first novel in this series be read before this one.
I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a character driven novel of suspense centering on an investigative team facing those attempting to reap a dark harvest.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Suspense
Published by: Kindle Press
Publication Date: May 30th 2017
Number of Pages: 336
Series: A Holt Foundation Story, Book 2
Purchase Links: Amazon | Kindle Unlimited | Goodreads
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Author Bio:Chris Patchell is the bestselling author of In the Dark and the Indie Reader Discovery Award winning novel Deadly Lies. Having recently left her long-time career in tech to pursue her passion for writing full-time, Chris pens gritty suspense novels set in the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her family and two neurotic dogs.
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