4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A supernatural sleuthing page-turner,
This review is from: Dead Harvest (Angry Robot) (Paperback)
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, and I literally had no idea what to expect: no preconceptions whatsoever. I was quite prepared to give up after a few pages, as I have absolutely no compulsion to finish any book, or to continue reading a book that does not grab me within a few pages.
Fortunately, Dead Harvest grabbed me. And how. It's an urban fantasy, so think angels and demons, but in a modern, gritty framework. The author skilfully fuses the noir, hardbitten crime novel genre with the urban fantasy element: no romantic vampires here! Our hero is Sam Thornton, a collector of souls. Not technically alive, he has the ability to inhabit the body of any living or recently dead human in order to carry out his grisly task. Until the day he tries to collect the soul of Kate, a young multiple murderer, and becomes convinced that she is innocent. He is soon on the run from the forces of both Heaven and Hell, trying to prevent a cosmic calamity. I found myself racing through the book in a few hours, completely caught up in the relentless drive of the narrative.
What I really liked about the book was the pitch-perfect evocation of Sam through the first-person narration. Honest and self-deprecating, he wins your trust early on. But we see things only through his eyes. Is Kate really innocent? Is Sam right to go against the angels themselves? We can't know these things, we have to wait for events to unfold to find out if our fears are realised. And there is a lot of unfolding. Events come thick and fast, nothing is predictable, and the ride takes your breath away.
In short, I loved it and I can't wait to read the next one!