Book Review: Shadow Harvest (A Sydney Rye Mystery #7) by: Emily Kimelman

Publication Date: August 8, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Sydney Rye is finally becoming comfortable with the vigilante network, Joyful Justice, that she inspired. On a private island in the midst of the Pacific she is studying hard, learning about the structure of the organization and their active missions, preparing to take on a leadership role 

However, when Sydney Rye’s good friend and fellow Joyful Justice council member, Merl, goes missing in Shanghai, she and her dog, Blue, rush to the People’s Republic to track him down. Following Merl’s trail leads Sydney into the darkest corners of China’s corruption where she witnesses atrocities that make her already cold blood freeze. 

With time running out and powerful forces closing in on her, Sydney has to risk everything to save her friend. The question is, will everything be enough?

Review: SHADOW HARVEST is the seventh book in the Sydney Rye series and now Sydney is preparing to take a more active role in Joyful Justice when her good friend, Merl, disappears in Shanghai. Sydney is quite unprepared for the violent nature in the darkest recesses of China, but she’s determined to find Merl no matter what. Yet, it just may cost Sydney more than will ever know. SHADOW HARVEST is well written and explores issues of oppression, abuse, and corruption. While Sydney has grown through the series to a point, she needs to come to accept with who she is and what she does now. The action is strong and consistent, but some of the characters need additional development to keep readers interested in their continued well-being. SHADOW HARVEST ends in a way which will make readers want the next book as soon as possible.

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