When I saw this book at the bookstore, I thought it was a once off tale, only to realize a couple of pages in that this was a continuation from three other novels, I was right in the middle of it all. Did I stop reading? No. Alex Grecian was able to fill in details from what happened before as hints and references, told with enough information that it is not completely necessary to start reading from the first book but knowing that is so much still to the story. I will say, however, that there is greater insight into the characters and their growth by reading the first books and of course a proper introduction to the antagonist Jack the Ripper.
From a story perspective The Harvest Man is well written and flows brilliantly from one tense moment to the next, offering insight from multiple characters to create a well rounded tale.
I will admit to a sleepless night when I’d read the Harvest Man’s methods and psyche, which is something considering I’ve been reading horrors since I was ten. That sort of mindset has always been my greatest fear.
A cliff hanger ending, an iconic antagonist who appears enough times to both frustrate and cause anxiety, as well as a well captured and re-created world where the characters live, makes this a worthwhile read.
A grand 4 out of 5.
PS: I will be purchasing the preceding and proceeding novels.