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A Killer Harvest

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  881 ratings  ·  197 reviews
A new thriller from the Edgar-nominated author of Trust No One and Joe Victim about a blind teenager who receives new eyes through corneal donation and begins to see and feel memories that he believes belong to the previous owners a detective and a serial killer.

Joshua is convinced there is a family curse. It's taken away his biological parents, robbed him of his eyesight
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Atria Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-publisher
Have you ever discovered an author that you felt was immensely talented but widely under appreciated? This is exactly how I feel regarding Paul Cleave. Don’t let the description suggest that this book contains a B-rated story; it’s precisely the opposite. I’m glad the cover includes the insinuation of cellular memory in the description, as I think many readers would be turned off if this was somehow the big twist of the book. Knowing that going in led me to open my imagination and suspend my nee ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: "It's all fairly routine," Mitchell says - only it isn't. None of this is. Mitchell is forty years old, and is fast approaching the date when he will have spent exactly half his life on the force, and in that time he's learned that the bigger the lie, the bigger the secret. Today the lie is going to be massive. The man they are here to see is going to tell them he was on the other side of the planet visiting his sick mother in hospital. He was on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocea ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gritty, dark and undoubtedly one of the best surprises of the year!

A Killer Harvest is a spine-chilling, often macabre, well-crafted thriller, with a side order of science fiction, that takes us on the hunt to find a missing woman and the vicious, sadistic serial killer responsible for her disappearance.

The characters are intriguing, well-developed, and complex. And the story starts off with a bang, simmers nicely with some mild action and character development, and then quickly spins at breakne
Sarah Joint
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is intense in every way. There are moments that feel like the grand finale... but the book just keeps going. It deals with a lot of really fascinating topics... cellular memory, questions of morality, the bonds of friendship, and a teenager experiencing vision for the very first time in his entire life. It's very twisted and definitely threw me for a couple of loops, I was almost having a hard time keeping up!

This is my first Paul Cleave read and I'm impressed. He's an author I plan
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good cops/bad cops.
Innocent people.
A doctor.

Good intentions.
A blind eye. Several, in fact.
Moral compasses turned off kilter.

Cellular memory. True or false?

This book started off with a bang. I honestly flinched a few times.

The book is really good, and parts of it are great. Cleave made me feel the wonder and amazement Joshua Logan experienced after his eye transplants. The changes in Joshua’s life as he enters the “seeing” world are things we sighted people would never consider.

The c
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

One thing after another happened to Joshua Logan so he figured he and his family had a life-long curse.

Joshua was born blind, his parents died, he grew up with his loving aunt and uncle as his parents, and then his father got killed in the line of duty.

A KILLER HARVEST was a very tense thriller. At first I thought it was going to go the route of Stephen King, and that almost scared me away, but I kept on going and am glad I did.

The characters were believable and authentic for their roles, but we
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
SO GOOD! As soon as I read the premise for this, I knew I had to check it out ASAP. Organ procurement/transplants has always been a topic of interest, one that I personally believe should have more light shed on. Anyways. This also included the concept of cellular memory, i.e. a person who was a painter---> person who receives their (organ) suddenly gets the desire to become a painter as well. But what I really appreciated in A KILLER HARVEST is the moral attributes Cleave brought to the table. ...more
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
I received a copy of A Killer Harvest from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked the premise of A Killer Harvest and was excited to dive into it. A blind teenager, Joshua, receives a double corneal transplant following the death of his policeman father but (and it’s a big but) something goes wrong and he receives one cornea from his father and the other from the man who murdered him. Soon after, Joshua begins to see things he doesn’t understand, almost as if these things he s
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Paul Cleave is severely underrated here in the US. He's a big deal, I think, in the thriller market. I've read four of his books now, and every time, I read that final page and shut the back cover thinking, "Damn, this guy is GOOD at writing." Seriously, he writes page-turners with good characterizations, twisted plots, and creative scenarios.

This creative scenario is based around th
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Paul Cleave is now on my MUST READ list and I feel he should be on every fan of thrillers book shelves, too!

I read “Trust No One” and loved it, so I was very happy to get this ARC of his new book. Now I can add A KILLER HARVEST to this year’s list of my favorite books. I am in love with this author’s writing, plotting and pacing. When you think you are at the climax or you have everything figured out Mr. Cleave continually throws an
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Did not Finish. One quarter of the way into this book and I can't read it. It is just too sick and depraved and I can only imagine what is coming. Nope, this one isn't for me. This book is so completely different from Trust No One which I thought was a very good book. This one borders on the horror genre, most defintely. I'm so disappointed :( ...more
Tina Woodbury
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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When I saw the cover of this book, I judged it and assumed it would be a very dark, heavy, creepy book. I was pleasantly surprised that it was not nearly as dark of a story as I had assumed it would be. Now don’t get me wrong, this is definitely a mystery/thriller, with many secrets to be revealed. It is dark at times and not for the faint of heart, but there is a lot more to this story than I had assumed there would be.

Joshua Logan
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Believe it or not, I have never read a Paul Cleave novel before! I know, I know, from what I hear, I am seriously missing out. I was pretty pumped when #cjsreads decided to pick up A Killer Harvest, the newest publication by Paul Cleave for one of our August reads. Chelsea, my good friend from The Suspense Is Thrilling Me, had raved about this one to me months ago so I was going in with pretty high expectations. I am glad to report that this novel met (and surpassed!) all my expectations. I bing ...more
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
What if you could see the world through the eyes of others?

A blind teenager receives the gift of bilateral corneal transplants. Joshua has been blind since birth and on his father's death, receives his eyes. A surgical mishap leaves Joshua unknowingly receiving one eye from his father and the other from another body. The retinas of these new eyes are like memory film in a camera, and suddenly Joshua has access to his father's memory and the memory of Simon Bowers, a killed murder suspect. Joshu
Judy D Collins
The 30 Best Books of 2017

Paul Cleave, the internationally bestselling powerhouse New Zealand author returns following Trust No One landing on my Top 10 Books of 2015 and Five Minutes Alone making its way to my Top 30 Books of 2014 with yet another jaw-dropping twisty suspense horror thriller — A KILLER HARVEST. It is indeed "Killer."

An avid Cleave fan: What sets this author apart from the competition? Many things. Tops: His creativity, talent, and his wicked dark humor!

Oh, and what
Did I have to suspend belief while reading this? Yep! But the author sucked me in and created enough suspense that I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens. There was a good twist I did not see coming!
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave

A blind teenager receives a corneal donation and begins to see and feel memories from their previous owner...a homicide detective who was also his father. Joshua is convinced there is a family curse. It’s taken loved ones from him, it’s robbed him of his eyesight, and it’s the reason why his father is killed while investigating the homicide of a young woman. Joshua is handed an opportunity he can’t refuse: an operation that will allow him to see the world throu
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is going to seem like a schizophrenic review. On one hand, I really really enjoyed this and was spellbound from beginning to end. On the other hand, I thought the basic premise so absurd that I had to keep myself from smirking. With full disclosure, I am medical so it prejudiced me in a way that might not affect other readers. A blind teenage boy's detective father is killed by a criminal in a horrific scene. However, his father's wish is that his son receive his eyes as a gift. When both t ...more
Jammin Jenny
I loved this story. Cellular memory is an interesting concept - two people are given new eyes, but there is a mix-up. Each person gets one eye from a killer and one eye from the detective on that case. They start having bad dreams about killing. Fun thrilling book.
Craig Sisterson
I fear I'm sounding like a broken record when it comes to Paul Cleave's thrillers - book after book he shows himself to be one of the world's finest authors when it comes to creating page-turners with real depth that dance along the darker edge of the crime and thriller genre.

His tenth novel is something of a departure: there's a teenage protagonist (but this is very much an adult thriller with a teen hero, rather than a young adult novel), and Cleave veers towards his horror roots with the inc
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me just start by saying right off the bat : if you’ve never read a Paul Cleave book, you are seriously missing out! It seems to me like not enough people are talking about him and they should be as he’s a fantastic voice in the thriller genre! I was introduced to him a few years ago by my dear friend Dom and I’ve not looked back since. I always expect some level of uniqueness from this author and once again, he absolutely delivers.

Joshua was born blind and is convinced he’s been cursed from
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Paul Cleave is one of my favorite authors and his new suspense thriller does not disappoint. this is his 2nd standalone in a row, and I found this even better than last years very good Trust No One. the premise this time sounds like a supernatural b-movie, a cop requests his eyes be transplanted to his blind teenage son in the event of his death. this happens early on but is just the tip of the iceberg in this fast paced page turner. Cleave writes this in a believable way as the repercussions of ...more
Karen R
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A blind teenager named Joshua gets the opportunity of a lifetime, to be the recipient of a new set of eyes that will allow him to see the world. When his eye bandages are removed, Joshua is in awe of this new world. But then things go horribly wrong….

The reader knows early on something that Joshua doesn’t. The eye transplant surgery was bungled and he has received one eye from his murdered detective father and one from a serial killer. A struggle between good and evil ensues. The idea of cellul
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Maureen DeLuca
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A SOLID 4 star read- so why the 5 stars? Easy- Paul Cleave! The stories that this man comes up with is totally amazingly creepy! If you never picked up a Paul Cleave book- star with publication order- he has a few running series- but with the exception of his standalone novels, his books seems to intertwine with characters of the past.

It is amazing that Cleave can give you a creepy, insane, psycho-killer and yet at the same time you seem to LIKE him too! One minute a psycho - dude is doing the
Laura Rash
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well this was creepy as hell! If you start thinking of the cellular memory too much it freaks you out! What an interesting spin on organ transplant & donation. Quite a few twists and turns that really keep it hopping especially at the end.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm going to preface this by saying that I think if I had read this at a different time I would have enjoyed it much more and read it much faster. It just happened to be the book I started when a lot of life stuff happened and I didn't really feel like reading. I can't really tell if I just didn't find this that interesting or if it was my mood. Maybe a little of both? I did like the general concept and the multiple perspectives. I liked Joshua. I liked the ending. I thought the writing was a li ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cjsreads
Thanks to Atria Books for the advanced ebook copy in exchange for my honest review!

As another shock, I haven't read any Paul Cleave before (first Mary Kubica, then Karin Slaughter, and now this!) I will definitely be picking up more of his books. A KILLER HARVEST is about Joshua who is blind, but after receiving a new pair of eyes he quickly realizes that something has gone horribly wrong.

Joshua is a teenage boy who is convinced that he is cursed. His biological parents are gone, he is blind, an
Jessica White
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
So this was not quite the nail-biter as Trust No One.
Well, not until about 70% of the way through the book.

Joshua Logan is different. He is convinced there is a curse over his family. Maybe because he was born blind. Maybe because his birth parents died when he was young. Maybe because his new father is now dead too. But Mitchell Logan was on the police force and made su
Caidyn (he/him/his)
Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
This review is not on my blog, but you can check out other reviews here!

DNF at page 79


I mean, just wasn't for me. It had too many POVs, an odd plot, and just really didn't work for me. It definitely will be attractive to some, but it wasn't for me. What a shame since I read a book by this author and enjoyed it, but I don't think the supernatural aspect or multiple POVs worked for me. I could see where it was heading a mile away and it didn't interest me.
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Paul Cleave is an internationally bestselling author who is currently dividing his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all of his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He has won the Ngaio Marsh award for best crime novel in New Zealand, he won the Saint-Maur book festival's crime novel of the y ...more

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