Friday, March 1, 2013

{Review} Forsaken by Andrew Van Wey

ASIN #: B005LT35MA
File Size: 1289 KB
Page Count: 459
Copyright: October 31, 2011
Publisher: Greywood Bay

Book Summary:
(Taken from Goodreads)


A beautiful house, a loving wife. Two kids, a dog, and a tenure track professorship teaching art at the local university. Your name is Daniel Rineheart. You've got it all.


For this autumn heralds the arrival of a mysterious painting. No name. No date. No signature or frame. A disturbing work of grotesque perfection: two children with cruel eyes, a window onto an endless field, and a dying tree on top of a hill.

A work of art ... that changes with each viewing.


... Where wretched children crawl from a canvas prison to stalk the quiet halls of this happy home.

... Where painted clocks tick-tock away in the dark hours before dawn, and a missing dog whimpers from between the walls.

... Where all answers lead to a dark artist and an impossible creation, a cursed canvas with a twisted past ...


Curl up, if you dare, with a dark novel readers are calling: "Beautifully written" - "A Must Read!" - "Stunning" - "The Scariest book EVER!"

Forsaken is an intelligent blend of ghost story, suburban supernatural thriller, haunted house, and mystery. Perfectly written for fans of early Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Peter Straub, it's a terrifying tale of secrets and lies, of nightmares made flesh; where the scariest stories are the ones that coldly whisper into your ear until madness and death are a welcome rest.

Lock your door.
Turn on the lights.
Do NOT read Forsaken late at night.

Kathy's Review:

This book creeps up on you when you least expect it. You're reading along, sympathizing with Dan and his problems, which seem fairly banal: the next door neighbor who complains about his dog, his daughter starting kindergarten and being nervous. Then there's the mentally unstable grad student Dan can't seem to shake after their affair has ended. And, let's not forget, the spooky painting he brought home that completely ruins his life. OK, maybe not so banal.

As the plot takes strange and frightening twists, you will be afraid to turn the page, but at the same time, you will want to see what happens next. That's how I felt as I devoured this book as fast as I possibly could.

Even though I was able to guess a major revelation at the end well before it happened, I think this was a very enjoyable, memorable book that all fans of the horror genre will love. It will stay with you and haunt your dreams.

*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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