The Harvest (Scary Supernatural Horror with Monsters): The Bell Witch Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Amid the sweet sounds of a music box, their darkest fears will haunt them.... In Black River, Tennessee, everyone knows the legend of the Bell Witch...and the alleged curse that hangs like a dark shroud over the town. To some, it is just a local tall tale. But to others, it is terrifyingly real.
For centuries, four families have been forced into the ritualistic tradition of sacrifice and terror. Every year, a member of each family stumbles upon an antique music box they need to lock before the time is up. And a horrible fate awaits them once the boxes open.
Trapped in the witch’s sadistic game, the families’ young offspring are forced to journey into the dark and twisted woods of Black River in search for the keys to their salvation. But as they search for a way to end the curse, a haunting melody echoes through the trees. And each lost soul must wonder....
Will they survive the night? Or will the Bell Witch’s bloody harvest claim more victims?
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 16 minutes|
|Author||Sara Clancy, Scare Street|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 01, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #150,374 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#694 in Occult Horror Fiction
#2,027 in Supernatural Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,138 in Occult Fiction
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The twist? The witch picks the four contestants herself – after haunting them for weeks on end – and if they don’t complete the harvest within seven days, they die.
I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I started reading this (which is how I often throw myself over books), but this impressed me greatly. Right from the start it was terrifying and horrible, and Clancy has an incredible way of painting an image and setting a scene.
There’s something raw and real about horror that keeps pulling me back when I deep down also want to look away – be it in books, movies or video games. It awakens that instinct in me that makes you want to peek through your fingers, that makes you want to investigate the creepy sound from the loft, or call out for whoever’s there when you know you’re home alone – and Sara Clancy does it really well.
This book is part terrifying horror story and part YA adventure novel, and I’d say I liked the horror part the most. It’s not that I didn’t like when the four harvest contestants had to overcome their personal horrors and work together to survive – there’s a battle royale feeling to all of it that I enjoyed a lot – it’s just that I’m much more intrigued by the horror.
I have one quibble: I wish that I knew more about the witch beyond the bare facts that she stole children, the families rose up to kill her, and then she cursed them for all time. Sticking around to exact lethal vengeance on these families for generations after her demise makes it apparent that she's very powerful.
But, she must have been human once. How did she become so powerful? What's her motivation? Witch = evil isn't satisfying. I suspect there's plenty in her history with these families that could round her out more.
And where did the music boxes come from? I think more is explained in the following books in the series.
Thank you to Sarah Clancy and Scare Street for making the first book of the series available for free. Without being required to do so, I'm happy to give my honest endorsement of The Harvest. It's a good read!
With well-defined characters built in unhurried methods (no forced conversations to create backstories), a good story, and thrilling situations this book flows well. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
I'm not tooting my own horn, but I left over 150 book reviews of Kindle books in 2021. A four star is real good read. Grab your copy and remember to watch out for children under trees......
Top reviews from other countries
And this year's selections prove pretty promising. Among them is a psychiatric nurse from a maximum security facility, a clueless teenager who faints at the sight of blood, a cynic with a deadly secret in her backpack, and a spunky little lady who lives in her car with a massive Rottweiler. But with the keys required to break the curse hidden in the very objects that terrify the young people the most, and the town turning a blind eye to all the mayhem and bloodletting of 200 years (due to tourist dollars and bumper crops), will vengeful Katrina get to harvest the souls she craves, or will the young strangers bond together and face their fears?
Really well-drawn characters, creepy settings and nicely constructed dialogue make for one hell of a story. I would have liked a bit more of an emotional arc from cynic, Mina. She begins the story firmly believing in logic and all things scientific and, naturally a 200 year old witch-ghost doesn't gel too well with that. But then, after everything the team goes through, and Mina's shock as she feels and sees things she can't explain, led me to feel that she should have some sort of epiphany. Of course, she doesn't have to become a convert, but I think I would have liked her to address her feelings later in the tale.
A lot to like and good enough to put up with the usual flaws, in short a series to pursue
The four families are well-developed and I'm looking forward to chewing my way through the rest of this series.