Publication Date: Available Now from Orenda
Source: Review Copy
A young girl goes missing after getting into a car with a mysterious man. Soon after, a second girl disappears, and her devastated father, Witness, sets out to seek revenge. As the trail goes cold, Samantha Khama – new recruit to the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department – suspects the girl was killed for muti, the traditional African medicine usually derived from plants, sometimes animals, and, recently and most chillingly, human parts. When the investigation gets personal, Samantha enlists opera-loving wine connoisseur Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Bengu to help her dig into the past. As they begin to discover a pattern to the disappearances, there is another victim, and Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race to stop a serial killer who has only one thing in mind …
Deadly Harvest was brilliant and captivating, very haunting in places and absolutely captured my imagination, I read it in one sitting whilst gulping huge amounts of coffee.
The setting for a start was so beautifully described you could almost taste the air – I know nothing relatively speaking about Botswana, Deadly Harvest was a bit of an education for me in that respect and the authors here manage to convey that sense of place with some wonderfully descriptive prose that digs deep. The characters lived out loud, were full of depth and entirely fascinating, loved Kubu and Samantha and how they came together to investigate some very dark deeds.
The very real and very disturbing theme of Witch Doctors and Muti takes centre stage here – in places horrifying the novel has such an authentic sense about it that you are given much pause for thought – a difficult line between entertainment and realism is walked to perfection by these two writers, I was totally immersed into this world throughout the read.
Its not all doom and gloom, there are some lighter moments especially around the personaility of Kubu – a terrifically drawn character who I fell a little in love with. This is actually the fourth book in this series but the first to be published in the UK via Orenda but for me it was a great introduction and I’m really looking forward to reading the rest.
Overall then Deadly Harvest is, as I’ve come to expect from this publisher, a very different kind of crime read, intense and intelligent with huge amounts of heart. Loved it. Was slightly scared by it But loved it.
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