2017 Book 397: DARK HARVEST by Chris Patchell

Dark Harvest by Chris Patchell
ISBN: 9781546428442 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781543672374 (audiobook)
ASIN: B06XK11GY4 (Kindle edition)
Publication date: May 30, 2017 
Publisher: Kindle Press 

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  

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Marissa Rooney, Seth Crawford, Henry (the hacker), and Ethan Holt are the current team at the Holt Foundation. The foundation, begun by Ethan’s aunt Elizabeth Holt, is charged with helping the victims of crimes and their families. The foundation’s current task is to help find out what happened to Rebecca Kincaid, a missing pregnant teenager. The police presume her former boyfriend has something to do with Becky’s absence, but the more Seth, the foundation’s investigator, delves into the case, the more he has a hunch there’s something more going on. Then a second pregnant woman goes missing within days of Becky. The police don’t believe this could be serial abductions related to the women being pregnant, but Seth is beginning to have his doubts. His doubts are redoubled when he finds out that unusual blood tests were run on both women, healthy women with no red flags in their family histories. In the midst of the investigation, the Foundation seems to be floundering without a real leader at the helm, Marissa and Seth’s relationship also seems to be floundering, and Marissa’s daughter Brooke is having a difficult time adjusting to life after captivity. What more could possibly go wrong? (Never, ever ask that question!)

Dark Harvest is the second book in the Holt Foundation series by Chris Patchell and the first that I’ve read. The first book, In The Dark, apparently introduces all of the major characters and deals with Brooke’s abduction and subsequent release. I found Dark Harvest to be a relatively fast-paced and engaging read, it did slow down at times when dealing with details from the previous story and the intermittent flashbacks from characters in this story. Did that detract from the story? Not at all. The story is filled with the mystery behind the abductions of the pregnant women, the suspense in wondering if someone will figure out what’s going on and save the women before it’s too late (no I won’t tell you if it’s too late or not, read the book!), the normal drama of being a single-parent attempting to have a relationship, the abnormal drama of dealing with a child post-abduction, the ups-and-downs in a relationship, the stress and drama at the workplace, and more. Yes, there’s a lot going on this story with bad guys, really bad guys, and just plain evil and crazy guys not to mention the good guys fighting against bad and evil/crazy. I enjoyed reading Dark Harvest and will have to find the time to read In The Dark and hopefully any other books in the Holt Foundation series that may be coming.

Disclaimer: I received a free print review copy of this book from the author/publisher via Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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