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Forsaken - A Novel of Art, Evil, and Insanity [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Van Wey
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Book Description

"Finally! A True Horror Novel!"


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


On the cusp of autumn a mysterious painting arrives.  No name.  No date.  No signature or frame.  Only a note that reads: Here in art, denial.  It's 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 gift.

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

Editorial Reviews


"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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1473 KB
  • Print Length: 459 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098401571X
  • Publisher: Greywood Bay (November 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LT35MA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good! September 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Creeping Horror October 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scared out of my wits! September 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars slow start... really slow, not that ...
slow start...really slow, not that scary :(
Published 22 days ago by Trina C. Kadesky
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed
As I have found in our new world of "e-literature," just about anyone can pen a book these days and market the carp out of it. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Rosa Durham
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written horror story but could have used more character depth.
Well written. Would have liked more details of the characters. The length of a book has never deterred me and I would have liked more background. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Denise P. Insinga
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enthralled
This was a creepy book. Reminiscent of Steven King but with a voice all its own. I couldn't put it down and would highly recommend it. The ending will bite you with sharp teeth.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Feltenstein
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost interest...
After slogging through about half of the book, I had to give up -- hence the two stars for what I read. I felt confused most of the time trying to figure out what was going on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was a good read. Good throughout. A bit confusing at the end but it was well written and kept my interest.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Stedman
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Van Wey's works are worth reading
This book was a good way. I am a horror junkie, and hard to please. So many novels these days rely on the sexual relationship(s) of the protagonist, and forget to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kerri G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Two of my favourite things
Interesting book! Mister VanWey has an excellent command of horror fiction I think that a bit more restraint could help in fining down the progress of the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Oldbroad
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and scary
Well written, creepy and sad and visual. Good twist at the end, too! The characters were very...human and realistic. Will read more of this author's writing!
Published 1 month ago by K. S. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! I'm so enthralled that I've got to ...
A true horror novel! Could not put it down! Although I don't write reviews well, I think the fact that I've been a horror fan since I was a very young child qualifies for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kk
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More 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.

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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