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"Intricate, disturbing, unexpected, and scary!  I can honestly say that I haven't read something like this in a long time. I would highly recommend this book for all lovers of the paranormal and horror genres.

-Autumn @ Open Book Society-

"I cannot recommend Andrew Van Wey's Forsaken highly enough.  Not only is it one of the best electronic reads I've come across yet, but it's the kind of highly polished, well-written story that I only wish I could have on my shelf as a hardcover first edition.  Yes, it's really that good!"

-Sally @ Bibrary Book Lust-

"The story itself is amazing. I was completely drawn in almost immediately.  There is believability to these characters that I really liked; they could easily be that family that lives down the street.  So many super creepy parts that I did not want to read this book before I went to bed"

-Jenn @ Completely Booksessed

About the Author

Andrew Van Wey was born in Palo Alto, California, spent part of his childhood in New England, and currently lives as an expatriate abroad where he doubts his sanity on a daily basis. When he's not writing he can probably be found hiking, playing video games, or sleeping with the lights on. He considers gelato and pizza to be a perfectly acceptable meal and shorts to be business-casual if paired with a scarf.

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  • File Size: 1473 KB
  • Print Length: 459 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098401571X
  • Publisher: Greywood Bay (November 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LT35MA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew Van Wey was born in Palo Alto, California, spent part of his childhood in New England, and currently lives as an expatriate abroad where he doubts his sanity on a daily basis.

As a child of the late 80's and early 90's, Andrew fondly remembers a time when cell phones were the size of bricks, a good scare could be found in a stack of torn Stephen King books, vampires didn't glimmer nor hang around high schools, and a sleepover was best spent scaring friends with low budget horror on VHS.

Years later Andrew still takes that same joy in being a purveyor of frights and writes well into the night. He takes his cues from a foundation built on films like Jacob's Ladder, Angelheart, The Exorcist, and such fiction as The Shining, Ghost Story, and The Damnation Game. Readers have called his stories: "Beautifully written," -- "Stunning," -- "The Scariest Book I've Ever Read!"

When he's not writing Andrew can probably be found hiking, playing video games, or walking his Old English Sheepdog "Daenerys" along the rivers and hills of East Asia. He loves to travel, drink single malt scotch, and geek out about D&D and technology. He considers gelato and pizza to be a perfectly acceptable meal, and shorts to be business-casual if paired with a scarf.

You can visit him online at: ANDREWVANWEY.COM and sign up for his mailing list at: ANDREWVANWEY.COM/MAILING-LIST

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By serpentine13 on September 15, 2011
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I'm so glad that I downloaded this book! Forsaken is a supernatural horror/mystery revolving around Daniel Rinehart, an art professor at a prestigious university who is the receiver of an anonymous painting - a painting so malevolent that it causes his life to unravel before his eyes. Increasingly creepy, the book grips you early on, and doesn't let go until the end. I mean, I don't know about the rest of you potential readers, but the idea of a haunted painting scares the crap out of me, and this ebook didn't disappoint! The author states that he models his writing off of early Clive Barker and Stephen King tales, and I find that to be a pretty accurate description of his style. It looks like a lot of care went into making this ebook, from the creepy cover to the chapter illustrations that change as the book progresses. If you're a fan of horror books in general, I would highly recommend grabbing this gem. It's a page-turner, and I guarantee you'll have a couple of nightmares by the time you finish!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By DoskoiPanda on October 29, 2011
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Daniel Rineheart is a professor teaching art restoration at a small college in California. He has a family -a son, a daughter, a wife and the obligatory family dog- and a nice, respectable home. He also has had an affair with an unstable student, a problem with migraines and a tragic childhood, in which he and his brother were abandoned, then his brother locked him in a trunk during a game of hide and seek, which terrified him. A painting arrives anonymously for him at the college, a disturbing painting featuring a pair of frightening, weird children in a grim room, with a window and a tree beyond. Daniel embarks on a quest to uncover the painting's secrets, as his own begin to make themselves known. Forsaken is equal parts ghost story, treasure hunt, family drama and psychological crime, as it lures the reader into solving the narrative of the picture.

I really enjoyed reading Forsaken*. Andrew Van Wey makes use of language to differentiate character voices effectively; being able to identify a character's mental state by subtle changes in their word choices, rather than just being told that they were sad, angry, etc. I liked the references to roots growing into things, invasive root systems and the parallel of the dying rosebushes. I generally appreciate the kind of horror that creeps in over the shock value type, and while Forsaken has its moments of gore, it's the creepiness that sprawls throughout that I remember best. (The parts with Jessica were the creepiest, in my opinion - almost as insidious as the haunters in Henry James' Turn of the Screw. There were several other excellent instances of peripheral creepiness as well.) I also liked the detail of the chapter heading tree illustrated as losing its foliage, exposing it's core.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Calamity Jane on September 25, 2012
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This book is like Momento, Fight Club and Ju'on (The Grudge) had a threesome and gave birth to this novel!
Rarely do I ever give 5 star reviews. For a book to even qualify for a 4 star review, it has to meet the following criteria:
1) Excellent plot and subplots that flow easily together, and all must come together in the conclusion without unanswered questions.
2) Superb writing style that draws the reader in and keeps them immersed in the storyline until the very end.
3) The book must be edited. While this one had a few errors (I used to be an editor), they are few and far between and are not distracting enough to jolt the reader away from the story.
4) The characters must have depth and dialogue between them must be believable and flow smoothly
5) It must be an enjoyable read-one that is hard to put down and exciting to pick up again; and finally
6) The story must be unique and original.
This book meets and exceeds the above criteria giving it a solid 4 stars.
So why did I give it 5 stars? For me, a book is worthy of 5 stars if it stays with me long after I've finished it. I completed this novel a week ago, and I still find myself thinking about the book and the characters. When a novel has staying power, then it's a given that the author has created a masterpiece. I have no doubt that I will remember this book months and perhaps even years from now, unlike most other novels that I enjoy and then forget about right away.
This is my first experience with this author and I will certainly read more of his works. There is not much more I can say other than highly recommending that people read this book. Art, madness, horror, past mistakes...this book will pull you in and may never truly let go.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By ImaSTLCardsfan2 on September 24, 2011
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See that last paragraph about Forsaken being a dark novel...gets beneath the skin...sticking with the reader far after the pages are closed and the story's concluded? Ummm... yeah, that would be about right. It took me much longer to read this novel than it should have but not because I couldn't get into it. Oh no, it was more like I had to step away and digest. I actually had to stop reading it at night before I went to bed after a few nights of scary nightmares and I am not kidding, either! There were times while reading where my heart was racing and I had goosebumps all up my arms. It has been a while since I have read something that made me feel like this, actually scared out of my wits, and turning all the lights on to walk through a room. I absolutely LOVED this story and it had all the components that make up a true horror novel ie: little children, shadows, spooky sounds, suspense, missing people, and much more. I loved the characters and I loved that I had no idea where the story was going and how the author would wrap it all up in the end. And that cover! I loved the cover before I even read the book. I won't go into anything about the plot, because that can be found at the beginning of this post but I will say that the author did a great job all around, with character development and I love his writing style.

I wanted so bad to give this novel 5 stars on Goodreads but there were some grammatical errors and that is the one and only thing negative I have to say about this read. With Halloween coming up, this is the perfect story for a fall night. Thank you Andrew for giving me the opportunity to read Forsaken and share this terrifyingly wonderful read with my readers!
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