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review 2017-08-17 19:21
Giveaway & Review – Dark Harvest by Chris Patchell @chris_patchell @partnersincr1me
Dark Harvest (A Holt Foundation Story) (... Dark Harvest (A Holt Foundation Story) (Volume 2) - Chris Patchell,Mark Cooper,Monica Haynes

Dark Harvest

by Chris Patchell

 

 

 

Dark Harvest by Chris Patchell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

 

Dark Harvest is an appropriate title for this bone chilling thriller. Think about it…

 

As soon as I opened the book, I felt sad for Becky and what’s about to happen to her. I’m not sure exactly what it will be, but I know it won’t be good. And I was right. It was worse than bad.

 

Marissa and Seth hooked up after rescuing Brooke, her daughter from a kidnapper in Book I, Into The Dark. It is not necessary to read Into The Dark first, but if this is your first foray into Chris Patchell’s work, why not?

 

Brooke and Marissa’s story picks up from Book I, but I will leave that for you to discover for yourself.

 

Seth & Brooke are flawed, damaged, carrying sad terrible baggage, doing the best they can as they struggle to bring their lives into some kind of balance. You don’t know what you would do in their situation until you walk a mile in their shoes, so don’t judge them too harshly.

 

Seth and Marissa work at the Holt Foundation, helping victims of crime when the police seem to be unable or unwilling to follow it through to the end.

 

Now, they are teaming up to investigate the disappearance of a very pregnant Becky. Of course, they’ll look at her boyfriend first. He’s got problems and secrets and I aim to learn them too.

 

We have a narcissistic self serving doctor…bury him under the jail.

 

Tory, is so damaged, desperate. I don’t know how to feel about her sometimes. Why do women fall into these love traps?

 

Human trafficking is terrible all by itself, but this goes to another extreme. And harvesting, I can see that escalating in a horrific manner as those with selfish agendas so easily cast others aside for their own agenda.

 

I love these dark and horrible suspense novels that have my emotions raging and running the gamut. Frustration, anger, sadness, empathy…The more I read, the more I can’t wait until the villains are discovered and whatever happens to them can never be enough.

 

On page 214 and…

 

I don’t want to go on, yet I can hardly wait. A race to the finish because nothing is going to stop me from knowing how this will end. I know good, bad, and horrible, terrifying things are coming. How it will play out, I don’t know and it’s the journey, as much as the end, that keeps me going. I am amazed how Chris Patchell, and all the other authors who write such fabulous novels, are able to weave a story together, adding this mystery, that horror, culminating in a tale that grab me from beginning to end.

 

Political and ethical questions come to mind, but that’s the great thing about fiction. It gets you thinking, questioning, pushing the envelope, because all things are possible.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Dark Harvest by Chris Patchell.

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review 2016-02-10 14:44
In The Dark
In the Dark - Chris Patchell

No one seems to take Marissa Rooney seriously when she tells them that her daughter is missing. Brooke is in college and it's not like her to miss classes. Or not tell anyone where she's going. Or go anywhere without her insulin. Brooke is not the only one reported missing in the area. Kim Covey hasn't been seen or heard from in weeks. But Brooke doesn't have weeks without her insulin, if she's not already dead.

Marissa's fear and determination were palpable. The characters were well-developed and for the most part the writing was good. Great epilogue. It was definitely a suspenseful page-turner.

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review 2015-12-12 17:12
from FictionZeal.com re: In The Dark by Chris Patchell
In the Dark - Chris Patchell

Is there anything worse than being abducted by a killer?  For Brooke Parker, it is.  She’s diabetic, dependent upon insulin.  If he doesn’t kill her, the lack of insulin will.  She has one pen with her … make it last.  Of course, Marissa Rooney, Brooke’s mother, is burdened with worry for Brooke and runs out of her office to pursue the search a search for her daughter.  She ends up losing her job.  But, karma was on her side, at least on the job front.  She was rehired nearly immediately by Elizabeth Holt who wanted to begin a new foundation of which the purpose would be to help victims of violent crimes and their families.  The first case?  Brooke Parker.

However, time keeps slipping away.  It becomes a horrendous nightmare for Marissa as the police seem to have very little in the way of leads.  Detective Seth Crawford finds a mutilated body in the trunk of the suspect’s car … along with the MedicAlert tags that Brooke wore around her neck.  He had to ask Marissa to ID the body.  Was it Brooke?

This is an excruciatingly real look at what it must be like from the version of the victim as well as the victim’s family.  This book definitely grips the reader’s attention.  You won’t want to put it down until you reach the last page.  There are many twists and turns in this mystery and every one of them further grabbed my attention and made me want to know more.  Reading between the lines, I expected romance to blossom between Marissa and Seth.  However, at the time it happened, I felt it was a bit displaced.  I’m not sure a mother who is actively looking for her abducted daughter can even fathom a sexual encounter.  Even still the story line was strong and I could easily see this developing into a series as the foundation continues to help families who are victims of violence.  I’d certainly welcome reading a new case handled by the agency.  Rating: 4 out of 5.

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review 2014-11-13 10:29
Deadly Lies
Deadly Lies (The Jill Shannon Murder Series, #1) - Chris Patchell

Author: Chris Patchell

Published: March 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Category: Crime/Mystery/Thriller

 

As a teenager, Jill Shannon fell victim to her stepfather’s cruel abuse. Now, as an adult, Jill’s made it—she has a successful career and a solid, if not static, marriage to Detective Alex Shannon. Together they live out what seems to be a perfect life in Seattle.

The vow she made as a teenager to never again be a victim lies dormant—until one day a reporter lures her to his hotel room under the pretense of an interview—and suddenly it all comes rushing back.

Jill seeks revenge on the reporter, triggering a series of events that leads Jill down a wormhole of retribution, forcing her to spin an ever-widening web of lies.

Meanwhile, Alex is on the case of a series of murders that began as cyber relationships. There seems to be a familiar fingerprint on these crimes, but Alex refuses to believe that the murderer could be so close to him.

Husband and wife stand on opposite sides of a divide created by lies and rooted in a dark and deadly past…

 

Alex and Jill are facing marital problems. Their jobs keep them apart for most of the week and it doesn’t help that Jill is having an affair with her boss, until, that is, he decides to move on to someone else. While trying to resolve the awkward situation Jill has manoeuvred herself into something totally unexpected and horrific occurs but after the initial shock she sees how this could work to her advantage. 

 

After the abuse at the hands of her stepfather, Jill resolved never to be at the mercy of another man. When she is compromised by a reporter supposedly wanting an interview she takes matters into her own hands. Jill’s behaviour, even as you feel for the young girl she was, is totally disproportionate and spirals out of all control.

 

“Ready or not, here I come,” her stepfather, Master Sergeant Samuel Morris, called out in that creepy, singsong voice, like this was some sort of sick game.

Her hands shook, and she clasped them in a tight knot under her chin. Her mother’s scent – baby powder and cinnamon – filled the small space, enveloping her like a warm cloak, and she wished she could hide here forever. Safe. Untouched.

Tears stung her eyes. God, she missed her mother. It was bad before. His punishments had always been harsh, but since her mother’s death, everything had changed.

 

Alex is a detective with the Seattle Police Force and is investigating the disappearance of his ex fiancée’s sister, which is linked to a serial killer. During the course of his investigations he begins to wonder how much he really knows his wife. He realises she has changed in an elusive way but can’t quite rationalise how or why. He is shocked and unbelieving at where the clues are leading him.

 

 

This is a very skilfully written debut novel, with strong, well-developed characters. The absorbing storyline is full of intrigue and suspense. Alex is someone I could relate to immediately and, for all Jill is a very complex and complicated character, and because of childhood suffering I could understand, up to a very definite point, what drove her. And Alex’s partner, Jackson, is a great character too, always having Alex’s back.

 

The detail and descriptive prose gives a very intense and realistic slant….and the ending! I didn’t see that one coming! There is nothing I dislike about this book, although the ending did leave me quite shell-shocked. Definitely an author to look out for. Many thanks to JB Johnson at Brook Cottage Books for sending me a copy. So glad I didn’t miss this one.

 

About the author

Chris PatchellWhen Chris Patchell isn’t hiking in the Cascade Mountains or hanging out with family and friends, she is working at her hi-tech job or writing gritty suspense novels. Writing has been a lifelong passion for Chris. She fell in love with storytelling in the third grade when her half-page creative writing assignment turned into a five-page story on vampires. Even back then Chris had a gift for writing intricate plots that were so good her father refused to believe she didn’t steal them from comic books.

 

Years later, Chris spent long afternoons managing her own independent record store and writing romance novels. After closing the record store and going to college, Chris launched a successful career in hi-tech. She married, had kids but amid all the madness, the itch to write never really went away. So she started writing again. Not romance this time – suspense filled with drama, and angst, speckled with a little bit of blood.

 

Why suspense? Chris blames her obsession with the dark on two things: watching Stephen King movies as a kid and spending ridiculous amounts of time commuting in Seattle traffic. “My stories are based on scenarios I live every day, distorted through the fictional lens. And my stories come with the added bonus of not having to be restrained by socially acceptable behavior.”

 

To learn more about Chris and her debut novel, DEADLY LIES, visit www.chrispatchell.com/

Join her on Facebook for book giveaways and more gritty fun at www.facebook.com/authorchrispatchell 

 

“Chris Patchell”s debut novel, Deadly Lies, is a taut, fast-paced thriller that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go. Patchell is a master storyteller with a real talent for creating pulse-pounding suspense.”—Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author of Unspeakable.

 

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