When author Ashley Hill asked me to review her book, I was originally going to say no because my review pile is off the charts but when I read her email and saw it was about a short horror story I accepted. I easily could fit in a short and it was horror, a genre that I don't usually read but I wanted to try something different for a change and I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by how The Harvesters turned out.
Why should you read The Harvesters?
1. Less than 30 pages. Something everyone can easily read in one pull.
2. It's a horror short story. Horror. Yes. Even though not my usual genre, I quite liked it. Though, I must warn you not to read this at night.
3. Dual point of views. Score! I almost always love when there's more than one point of view (as long as authors don't go crazy with more than five of them or something, which was not the case in The Harvesters because it had two).
4. Male POV. One of the two narrators was Jason and I pretty much always like male point of views. So great!
5. Action! There was A LOT of action. I loved it. A feel like a good book, especially with horror, has to have a action at least.
5. Killer cliffhanger. I have a huge love/hate relationship with cliffhangers. But I liked this one. Very nicely done!
The Harvesters starts right off in the middle of the story. A girl finding her boyfriend shackled to a table. It screams scary movie right from the start, right? Well, it felt like one. While I was reading I saw this story unfold like a horror movie in my head. And luckily for me, I LOVE horror movies. Speaking of it, I know this story was supposed to be a horror short movie and I gotta say, it would be amazing like it. I just know it. It's all perfect for it. A house close to the woods, a shack in the woods with bodies in them. Creepy, evil little kids. I get chills just thinking about it! It all made for a very good, short horror read!
I have mentioned the dual points of view before. Love 'em! I especially loved Jason's part because I'm always more into the male point of views for some reason. Maybe because most books I read have the female point of view. Luckily this story had both. I actually hadn't counted on there being two point of views so that was an extra nice surprise for me. Which brings us to the characters Ashley and Jason. I liked them a lot. I loved their spirit to keep fighting against the bad guys and how they didn't give up. I love characters like that!
I only wished I knew what happened before Ashley found Jason shackled to that table. I would like to know the backstory and especially more about Jason's past because apparently he went through a buck load of shit and there's definitely more to him than meets the eye.
I have a lot of awe for authors and their ability to write books and The Harvesters being a short story doesn't mean it makes any less of a good book. Short stories are in my opion hard to write because there has to be a natural flow to it and you can't rush things too much but then again it can't all unfold too slow either. I feel like Ashley Hill did a perfect job of it and I'm once again so grateful she gave me the opportunity to read and review her story.
All in all The Harvesters was a really great and made me turn page after page because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. And after finishing this book and reading that cliffhanger I just know I need to read the next part of this series. I want to know what is going to happen after it. I need to know what's going to happen, really. It was that good and the cliffhanger nearly killed me! I would recommened this story to everyone, I'm sure you won't be disappointed! A great, scary read that'll make you think twice before turning off the lights at night. (Like me...)