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Monday, September 5, 2011

Deadly Harvest - Heather Graham

Format read: Print copy, borrowed from library

From Goodreads: 
When a young woman is found dead in a field, dressed up as a scarecrow with a slashed grin and a broken neck, the residents of Salem, Massachusetts, begin to fear that the infamous Harvest Man is more than just a rumor. But out-of-town cop Jeremy Flynn doesn't have time for ghost stories. He's in town on another investigation, looking for a friend's wife, who mysteriously vanished in a cemetery.
Complicating his efforts is local occult expert Rowenna Cavanaugh, who launches her own investigation, convinced that a horror from the past has crept into the present and is seducing women to their deaths. Jeremy uses logic and solid police work. Rowenna depends on intuition. But they both have the same goal: to stop the abductions and locate the missing women before Rowenna herself falls prey to the Harvest Man's dark seduction.
I liked this book more than the first book, Deadly Night. I felt the action was pumped up, the drama was pumped up. I liked the characters more.

Jeremy Flynn, the middle Flynn brother, has come up to MA to help his friend and ex-partner find his missing wife. While there he and the woman he swore to himself that he should stay away from, Rowenna, become involved in an investigation on a larger scale than they had initially expected.

The female lead, Rowenna, who may or may not be psychic. That was something I never really felt there was a definitive answer, but moreover left up to the reader to decide for themselves. I only say that because through the whole book she is swearing up and down she is not, but then she goes and has "visions" which she claims are just logic, but reek of psychic prowess. My vote says yes.

The main male character, Jeremy Flynn, is an overbearing jerk for much of the book - at least from the outside looking in. When you get a glimpse inside his brain, you see that he is being so overbearing because he is worried and falling (collective awwww).

I think this story was more interesting than that of the first book. The Salem backdrop was perfect. The New England colors definitely added to the scene. However, I do feel that the leaves were kind of beating me over the head. Yes, I know there is the Harvest Man, and I know there is a Harvest Queen, but it seemed like the leaves were a whole other character. And the corn.... Ok, so the corn can be allowed, since so much took place in cornfields and with the scarecrows. But I did get tired of hearing about the leaves.

Will they get together or won't they? That question is pretty much a slam dunk. I really feel in this series romance takes a back seat to the mystery and thrill part of the story, which is a nice change of pace. The romance scenes are glossed over, at best. Yet you still feel like there is chemistry between the two leads.