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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 sacri 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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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 sacri 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?

30 review for The Harvest

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Fanestiel

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review through LibraryThing's early reviewers program. I shall now attempt to review it using the "sandwich" technique of offering feedback.... It's not the worst thing I've ever read. But it did teach me to be much more selective in what I volunteer to review. Apparently e-books do not use the same vetting process for their authors as actual published books. I received this book with a note that it had been pr I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review through LibraryThing's early reviewers program. I shall now attempt to review it using the "sandwich" technique of offering feedback.... It's not the worst thing I've ever read. But it did teach me to be much more selective in what I volunteer to review. Apparently e-books do not use the same vetting process for their authors as actual published books. I received this book with a note that it had been proofread by multiple editors, but the SECOND page contains the word "orientate," which is, more accurately, not a word at all. The first half of the book is dismally poorly written. Clancy's technique is to use phrases that are meant to sound lyrical, but just sound ridiculous instead. "Animalistic/primal scream/cry/wail/growl" is one example. She also takes an already overused, mostly nonsense phrase like "muscle memory" and uses it into the ground. She uses phrases like "she rose the bottle back to her lips," which is so agrammatical I don't even know where to start with it, "it was a method that had been trained into him," and "his unfocused gaze started at the canopy above them." In other words, if you're a stickler for the English language, you'll want to skip this butchery. All that being said, the second half of the book is significantly better, primarily due to the appearance of a character who is genuinely amusing and almost believable. The dialogue goes from abysmal to mildly entertaining, and there is some legitimately scary imagery in it. Overall, I'd give it 2-2.5 stars, and I will not be continuing with this series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amit

    Can anyone tell me what is the scariest think about this book anyway? Completely wasted my time. This is my first book by this author and obviously it is my last. Totally bogus story and didn't expect it... Judging and reading the good and excellent review I have decided to read this book out but 8 disappointed me completely with utter frustration. I didn't find it anything scary about this book. The book was for me so irritating that at some point I just wanted to throw it at the ground I don't care who you Can anyone tell me what is the scariest think about this book anyway? Completely wasted my time. This is my first book by this author and obviously it is my last. Totally bogus story and didn't expect it... Judging and reading the good and excellent review I have decided to read this book out but 8 disappointed me completely with utter frustration. I didn't find it anything scary about this book. The book was for me so irritating that at some point I just wanted to throw it at the ground I don't care who you think that is a bad idea or not I just explaining my feelings toward this. 2 to make my review in very short term I hi I just want to copy and paste the good reads review in here - "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?"... Before I end this review I want to say something about Basheba. The prime female character of this book and the author tried her best to create har like something brilliant leader in the group. This character most certainly disgusted me very much and it was so frustrating that if I find myself happened to be there I would slap her on the face. And one more thing that really got me down by reading it, there's a lot of description about him, her I mean all the characters. Just couldn't find the link between them if you know what I mean. I just could not stand the side of this price female character. Sofia ladies event to boost result like this but very much I didn't so here is my final and last read by this author... Of course I resulting the read and of course it was my fault; I should have analyse the book more before reading it... Can anyone tell me what is the scary think about this book anyway? Completely wasted my time. This is my first book by this author and obviously it is my last. Totally bogus story and didn't expect it... Judging and reading the good and excellent review I have decided to read this book out but 8 disappointed me completely with utter frustration. I didn't find it anything scary about this book. The book was for me so irritating that at some point I just wanted to throw it at the ground I don't care who you think that is a bad idea or not I just explaining my feelings toward this. 2 to make my review in very short term I hi I just want to copy and paste the good reads review in here - "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?"... Before I end this review I want to say something about Basheba. The prime female character of this book and the author tried her best to create har like something brilliant leader in the group. This character most certainly disgusted me very much and it was so frustrating that if I find myself happened to be there I would slap her on the face. And one more thing that really got me down by reading it, there's a lot of description about him, her I mean all the characters. Just couldn't find the link between them if you know what I mean. I just could not stand the side of this price female character. Sofia ladies event to boost result like this but very much I didn't so here is my final and last read by this author... Of course I resulting the read and of course it was my fault; I should have analyse the book more before reading it...

  3. 5 out of 5

    David

    The premise of this book is that every year members of certain families find a mysterious music box that they must unlock before the time runs out. If they fail, all sorts of horror awaits them. The four young people chosen this particular year could not be any different. They set out in search of the Bell Witch, at least one of them hoping to end the harvest once and for all. Along the way, they face numerous terrors and near death experiences. Stories of sacrifices are common in the horro The premise of this book is that every year members of certain families find a mysterious music box that they must unlock before the time runs out. If they fail, all sorts of horror awaits them. The four young people chosen this particular year could not be any different. They set out in search of the Bell Witch, at least one of them hoping to end the harvest once and for all. Along the way, they face numerous terrors and near death experiences. Stories of sacrifices are common in the horror genre. This one tells it better than most. We get to know each of the four chosen people as they struggle to complete the quest. All have their own issues and as the story progresses, the reader is left to wonder which of them will break first. I liked this book - a lot. It has many of the qualities I look for in a horror read, especially people facing almost certain death. Highly recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pauline Pedley

    Sorry not impressed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lolapaige

    I feel like maybe this was more young adult fiction. The characters were annoying to the point that I hated all of them and it wasn't scary at all. The ending felt rushed. I was glad it ended so abruptly though because I was bored by that point.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    For centuries, the ghost of Katrina Hamilton has tortured the four families responsible for accusing her of witchcraft and her subsequent hanging.  Now, each year after her death Katrina picks one descendant each from the Bell, Winthrop, Crane and Sewall lineage to toy with.  Katrina delivers a demon infested music box to one member of  each family, that family member then must return to Black River, Tennessee and enter the Witch's Wood, the ancestral home of the Bell family to find the key and For centuries, the ghost of Katrina Hamilton has tortured the four families responsible for accusing her of witchcraft and her subsequent hanging.  Now, each year after her death Katrina picks one descendant each from the Bell, Winthrop, Crane and Sewall lineage to toy with.  Katrina delivers a demon infested music box to one member of  each family, that family member then must return to Black River, Tennessee and enter the Witch's Wood, the ancestral home of the Bell family to find the key and lock the demon box.  The chosen are tormented every step of the way once they enter Katrina's woods.  While in the wood they might die, they might find their key and survive another year or they might not find their key and unleash a demon.  This year, Bathsheba Bell is entering the wood for the second time along with first-timer's, Willimina Crane, Cadwyn Winthrop, and Osgood Davis.  I felt hooked from the beginning when Katrina was delivering the music boxes to each family member, preying on their unique fears and phobias.  Through the box delivery, the personality of each character was also brought out.  Cadwyn is physically tough with a heart of gold.  Mina is hyper focused and a skeptic of the Bell Witch legend. Bathsheba is demanding and intense and cares only about herself and her dog.  Osgood is trying to figure out who to put his trust in for survival.  Once the four chosen members enter the woods, the pace picks up.  I enjoyed seeing of the ways that Katrina came up to terrify the family, where their keys were ultimately hidden and the changing dynamics of the group in the wood.  The Bell farm was particularly grotesque as well as the location of Bathsheba's key. I definitely want to know more about Katrina, it seems that she was an actual Witch and tricked the Bell family even when she was alive and then got angry that they prospered anyway.  I would be interested in hearing more from her side of the story or seeing the four families finally getting revenge for the centuries of torture and deaths.  This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ayre Wilson

    I received this book for review from LibraryThing I enjoyed this book as a fun spooky season read. Its not scary and the characters are a stereotypical. The ending was very disappointing for me. While I liked the story I wasn't invested enough to continue the series. If you're looking for short spooky reads for Halloween and you like very standard slasher movie type stories without a lot of death or trauma this might be a good book to pick up.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janice E. Ryberg

    4.8 stars for The Harvest the best of the Scare Street! I love scary stories and horror in general (even with thrilling aspects). Without a doubt I enjoyed this one the most of the Scare Street stories. The reading is light and entertaining and before you realize it, you are holding your breath and reading as quickly as you can. Don't miss out on the series; it is worth your time!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    The Harvest (The Bell Witch Series book 1) I actually liked this story. It kept me wanting to know more, and it seemed my questions were answered at almost every turn. It kept me entranced enough to want to keep reading. I think I will complete the series with buying the other books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julie Donovan

    Interesting read Good characters and editing, I wouldn't call it scary (not gruesome, that I can do without) you aren't going to stay up at night in fear. Still interested in the characters and where the story goes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tammy N Bauer

    Really enjoyed the dynamic of the chosen four! I believe I've just discovered the next sleep deprivation page turner in my life. ! Not your typical witch plot, or what one might expect for the heroics, I loved it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Holmes

    Intense and terrifying! It took a little bit for me to keep the introduction of characters straight, but once we entered the town of Black River, I could not put this book down. I hope there will be many more to follow in this series!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Almaraz Robin

    Bell Family Generational and Witchy First in a Young Adult series that is easily readable for adults alike, this book follows four families in a rural town. Based very, very loosely around The Bell Witch (really only in name) it's a good Halloween book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christine Cottrell

    Terrifyingly macabre book, at times disturbing by the graphic detail. I did like the overall plot of the book. Not sure if I will read the rest of the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Wow This was an interesting story. The twist and turns, then showing how a situation can bring people closer. Really enjoy reading this author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Mostly boring, long and draggy. Not scary, no surprises. Not horrible.

  17. 4 out of 5

    James Wurth

    You dread turning the next page! One of the most frightening books I've ever read. Can't wait to start Book 2! What an imagination! Great stuff.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debbi Smith

    Scary, scary book! I read anything by Sarah Clancy but this outdoes its self. Read this book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tiggyleee

    The start of a new series doesn't let down.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Marble

    I recieved this book free to provide my own personal opinion on it. This book is very much a page turning thriller. You have to keep reading to see what happens next and if the person you thought would survive, does. The writing style was great and the characters themselves, very relatable. The imagery was powerful and horror-filled. I can't wait to read book number 2!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Harris

    Each year a member from 4 different families must go to The Witch’s Woods and try to defeat The Bell Witch. A Bell, A Winthrop, A Crane and A Sewall, will they work together or against each other? Can they all survive the horrors in the woods? This book had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath. Loved every minute of it, have downloaded book 2. This would make an awesome horror movie!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angelia

    A pretty good story. the characters are well thought out. The Ending.......wow! Didn't see that coming!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jolynn Young

  24. 5 out of 5

    Urika Polo

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Mosca

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Bedell

  27. 5 out of 5

    staci M King

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trish Franks

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erin Salada

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