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Drawn [Kindle Edition]

James Hankins
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)

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Book Description

* Reached #31 in the Kindle Top 100
* Reached #1 in Ghost Fiction

A mysterious little boy has begun appearing in the paintings of a New York City artist who can’t remember ever actually seeing him. A partially blind, disfigured agoraphobic who suffers crippling panic attacks if he even tries to leave his apartment is forced out by an unseen entity. A lonely widower begins to suffer terrifying nightmares that his long-missing son is still alive…and in mortal danger. A young runaway realizes that a man he thought was his traveling companion is actually his captor.

The lives of four very different people, driven by different but very powerful forces, crash together as they fight to solve their individual mysteries, to defeat a brutal enemy, and to save the life of an innocent boy.

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About the Author

JAMES HANKINS lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. He used to practice law. Before that he wrote screenplays. Now he writes books and helps raise his boys. Please visit his website at and like his Facebook page,

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  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ominous Treat for the Paranormal Thriller Fan December 27, 2012
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I just finished reading "Drawn" and I absolutely LOVED it. I couldn't put it down. I've spent the last two days gasping for breath, feeling a very macabre feeling as if someone were watching me, dreaming dreams where my feet would be stuck in muck even though I was trying to run away very fast from something, and fearing for my very life. I love when an author can bring you inside the story like that! And I haven't slept for more than a couple of hours a night because I couldn't put this book down and it kept me drawn inside it and would not let me go. And I LOVED every minute of it! Now that I am done, I feel my breath finally returning, and I can let you all know that if you love paranormal thrillers, this is an excellent, five star, four for one, paranormal thriller. One of the best I have ever read. This is a newer author, and after reading this, I can hardly wait to see what's next.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was drawn. December 5, 2012
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I've read all of this author's works and find each one so unique and spell-binding! I was hyper-aware of a connection in these characters and enjoyed the solution that I never expected! What a fantastic book. Please try to read anything this man writes....I know I will!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Suspense January 21, 2013
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Drawn is a well-written suspense novel by James Hankins, that dabbles in the paranormal. This is not the first James Hankins novel I have read, and it certainly wont be my last!! Hankins spends time on character development, so much that you are wanting more of more of them, and are literally 'drawn' into the storyline of each one. The story transitions with ease between characters, and comes together to an exciting, unexpected climax.

If you like suspense and thriller novels, this book is definitely for you!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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As I read Drawn, I was constantly reminded of two things. The Beatles' song, Eleanor Rigby, which contains the poetic refrain,"All the lonely people, where do they all come from? All the lonely people, Where do they all belong?" and Dean Koontz's book Strangers. Like Koontz's Strangers, the title and cover illustration imply that the characters will be drawn together into a macabre setting. As I started reading I wondered how many people would be drawn. One? Two? The answer turns out to be five. Four protagonists and one villain.

I became involved with the internal world of each character despite the fact that the ending was inevitable--evil gets defeated, and the good guys come out on top, better off even though they've gone through hell in this world first. What I wanted to know was how, and Hankins pulls that off with a plot that has more than a few twists and turns.

Let's look at how Hankins' characters motivated me to keep turning the pages:

"Alice Norville had no idea what the boy [in the painting she was showing to an art instructor whose class she desperately wanted to take to further her skills] was pointing at. She didn't even remember painting him....Yet, there he was, carefully rendered in acrylics in her own hand, one of several kids playing in the park." I wondered how Alice could do this. And, when the boy emerges again and again in different paintings, my conclusion is that she didn't paint him in. So who did? I wanted to know. Later, we discover this about Alice, "...she had to admit she was lonely. If she held a traditional job, she might have found friends through it...." ("All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER GOOD READ February 14, 2013
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grabs and doesn't let go March 15, 2013
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I recently read (and loved) Brothers and Bones by this author, so I downloaded this one. This is a different kind of story, very original plot with paranormal twists. The lives of four unrelated people are weaved together as the story unfolds. Instead of one main character, we have four, all equally compelling. Mr. Hankins is a gifted storyteller and he's two for two in page turners for me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 23, 2013
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A book you will not want to put down. If I had picked up a printed copy with no cover not knowing the author, I would have been surprised it wasn't a Steven King novel. It was that good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing you in with mystery and sympathy October 30, 2013
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James Hankins's Drawn uses a combination of mystery and sympathy keep you turning its pages. Hankins's novel Brothers and Bones used the same devices; however, Drawn, played with elements of horror and the supernatural. This is my kind of book. I'm a huge fan of horror writers like Stephen King and Joe Hill.

Another step up from Brothers and Bones is characterization. It blossomed in Drawn. This is hard, because getting a grip on good characterization while trying to tell it in four different perspectives can't be easy - someone is going to get short changed. The book started out in the perspective of the artist, Alice. She kept seeing a boy in her work and ended up following the boy. For me, Alice was the weakest of the characters, and at one point in the story she did something that made me not like her at all. It felt uncharacteristic after leading me to believe a certain way about her. I didn't have faith in her after that.

Miguel felt a little stereotyped, but it didn't matter because he had my sympathy simply because he was a kid who needed saving. I wanted to save him throughout the story and Miguel was over half the reason I finished the book. He was the sympathy turning the pages.

Nathan, the elderly widower reminded me of a Winslow Homer painting completely finished, beautiful touches on him. He had a fantastic back-story.

Boone, the agoraphobic, became my favorite character. Other than Miguel, he made me finish the other half of the book. He wasn't exactly fearless throughout danger, but the journey to becoming brave was heartwarming especially when everything stood in his way. Boone in a way reminded me of Bones from Brothers and Bones, so I could have been reminiscing a bit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it
Good read, highly recommend. Different.
Published 6 days ago by RSKH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not what I expected did not want to put this down....
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite different
Good read......not sure I liked Larry....too much detail for me,but I would recommend this book, loved all the other characters.
Published 8 days ago by joanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawn
I look for reasons,and questioned the title of the story. OK Alice liked to draw..and the blond boy was a mystery. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Ride by a Great Author
This review does not contain a plot summary. None of mine ever do and I am sure there are plenty of others that do should that be what you are looking for. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Brian S
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
It kept me reading way too far in the nights! It was a page turner with wicked twists! Good characters!
Published 20 days ago by Sunnie
5.0 out of 5 stars seriously good mystery
At the beginning it seemed like three stories that I couldn't see how they would merge. Very good storyline, but serious subject. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LVgal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this book... will keep an eye out for more from this author.
Published 1 month ago by Truckah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read...!!!
Loved this book , it had me hook , line , and sinker. Quick page turner , I couldn't put it down...!!!!! You won't be disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by elizabeth farabella
5.0 out of 5 stars Another " I can't put it down" book!
James Hankins has fast become one of my favorite authors. This is one of those books that intertwined the characters lives in an unbelievable story that grabs you and holds you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Candy Perry
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More About the Author

Bestselling author James Hankins pursued writing at an early age. While attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, he received the Chris Columbus Screenwriting Award. After career detours into screenwriting, health administration, and the law, Hankins recommitted himself to writing fiction. His first three books (BROTHERS AND BONES, JACK OF SPADES, and DRAWN) were all Amazon #1 bestsellers and spent time in the Kindle Top 100, while BROTHERS received a coveted starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was named to their list of Best Books of 2013. His fourth book, a suspense thriller titled SHADY CROSS (published by Thomas & Mercer), came out on February 24, 2015 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

James lives with his wife and twin sons just north of Boston. Please visit his website at Also, please like his Facebook page,, and follow him on Twitter at James_Hankins_.

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