#BlogTour Dark Harvest – Chris Patchell

Book blurb:

“The deaths of innocents, the birth of evil…

When a single-mother-to-be goes missing on a snowy Seattle night, the investigators at the Holt Foundation fear that the police have zeroed in on the wrong suspect. With the baby’s due date weeks away, two lives hang in the balance as the harrowing search for the missing woman unfolds.

For single-mother Marissa Rooney, the case feels personal. With her own daughter still recovering from the trauma of being kidnapped, Marissa is torn between trying to help her daughter recover and her growing responsibilities at the foundation. Her fragile new relationship with the scarred widower, Seth Crawford, adds another layer of complication to an already difficult situation.

Then a second pregnant woman goes missing.

As the Holt Foundation’s chief investigator, Seth desperately races to unravel the threads linking the two missing women and their babies. His success or failure could mean the difference between life or death for another innocent woman and her unborn child. Then a chilling clue surfaces, revealing a sinister motive behind the crime. With time running out, Marissa has a secret of her own that could make her the target of a madman and throw all their lives into jeopardy.

Entangled in the roots of a growing madness, Seth and Marissa are in a race against time to stop a killer before he can reap his dark harvest…

My thoughts :

Well, welcome back to book two of two dear readers and listeners alike.

As this story opens, we find the Holt Foundation getting its first case without Elizabeth at the helm, her son now in charge.

I feel this one started as strongly as the last one ended,the progression of the characters stable and believable.

I can only imagine being pregnant is hard enough, but when you are taken for your babies gene’s to be harvested for someone else’e gain that just makes things so much more complicated.

I wouldn’t have said straight away the doctor that the doctor was evil, not at first,he was simply trying to help himself and help his mind not melt away.

He of course doesn’t do his own dirty work, enter the mysterious redhead nurse, who I am glad to see is very human, she develops a concsious.

The more I listen, the more the character of Marissa grows on me and since the last book her daughter is falling apart, but Marissa juggles it all beautifully.

All the characters evolve in such a way that it was easy to follow.

Returning for an encore on the narration front it is Lisa stathopolis and Corey Gagne, again they provide brilliant story telling and keep the quality high.

All in all these are 2 books in a great series, I am hoping there is a third, I Am sure I am not alone.

You can buy it here:

#BlogTour In The Dark – Chris Patchell

Audible In the Dark

Book Blurb:

“Marissa Rooney stands in her daughter’s empty dorm room, a half-used vial of insulin clutched in her trembling hand. Brooke has been missing for days. Her roommate hasn’t seen her since that night in the bar. And if Marissa has Brooke’s insulin, it means that Brooke does not.

But Marissa isn’t alone in her terror. A phantom from her past is lurking in the shadows, waiting in the night, and holding her family captive…In the dark”

My Thoughts:

After reading the description of this book I was hooked, welcome to book one of two.

The story is loaded with atmosphere from the word go, I wanted to keep listening as every turn something even more sinister happened.

Marissa’s life as a busy working single mom with two teenage daughters, takes a dark twist as the older of the two disappears, and if that wasn’t bad enough the medication she needs she doesn’t have, Marissa’s life falls out from under her feet.

I loved how the author squeezed every bit of life out of the characters, I felt every emotion along with Marissa and her family as she frantically searched for her missing child as the shadow of the past reached closer with every chapter.

It’s soon all hands on deck as the police follow leads to find the missing girl, I really enjoyed that it wasn’t solved and tied in a neat little bow really quickly. Many times I thought “oh they have it solved”, then something else would send things in a totally different direction.

Into the story enters Elizabeth Holt, founder of the Holt foundation alongwith her Son. They pull together resources, and through various circumstances Marissa soon gets on board.

The two narrators for this are, Lisa Stathoplos and Corey Gagne, each play their part excellently and together they make the story complete.

As far as openers for a series go I really enjoyed this one, I will talk to you again in a few days when I review book two.

you can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Holt-Foundation-Story-Book-ebook/dp/B00YNKHFI8

You can follow Chris Patchell here: @chris_patchell