Rachel Abbott was born just outside Manchester, England. She spent most of her working life as the Managing Director of an interactive media company, developing software and websites for the education market. The sale of that business enabled her to fulfil one of her lifelong ambitions - to buy and restore a property in Italy.
Rachel lives full time in the completed property with her husband and two dogs, and is now able to devote time to her other ambition - to write fiction.
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Smashwords book reviews by Rachel Abbott
- Harvest of the Heart
on Jan. 06, 2012
A tense and disturbing thriller with a unique female protagonist
Harvest of the Heart begins with the murder of Elsa Danforth's mother on her fourth birthday. This would be traumatic enough for any child, but Elsa has a strange connection with her mother, and this bond results in Elsa experiencing the horrors of her mother's brutal murder through their psychic connection. Elsa's mother is just the first victim in a killing spree that lasts for years, and the serial killer becomes known as The Harvester. The killings happen in September or October each year, and the FBI are struggling to understand the motives of the killer, and what is so special about this particular time of year.
Meanwhile, young Elsa is growing up. She becomes a strong and spirited girl who excels at running. The story follows her life as she grows, and gradually it becomes clear that her principle objective is to kill the Harvester, so that he can't destroy the lives of any more young women.
A young FBI agent has similarly developed an obsession with the Harvester - but despite some intricate planning and warnings to people to stay off the streets in the danger period, the Harvester continues to elude him.
Michael Selmer writes well, and the book flows from descriptive passage to dark and terrifying revelations about the Harvester. Some of the scenes of murder are gruesome in their detail, but cleverly written. Elsa's character develops nicely from childhood to adulthood, and the novel has an excellent climax, with an unexpected ending.
For me there were one or two slight gaps in the story. We learn of Elsa's connection with her mother early on, but the relevance of this disappears on her mother's death, to be reignited momentarily towards the end. It felt as if this could have had more significance as the story progressed. We know what the Harvester does, and some reference is made as to why - but I never felt that I entirely understood his motivation, or why this only happened once a year. What Selmer did very well, though, was demonstrate the escalation in the horror of the murders, if not in the frequency.
During Elsa's growing up period, the writing was fluid and the story was interesting, but it became slightly disconnected from the main theme, with the focus moving away somewhat from the Harvester's activities.
That said, I would recommend this book as a very good read, and these are minor points in an otherwise excellent story.
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