- File Size: 1496 KB
- Print Length: 402 pages
- Publisher: Greywood Bay, LLC (November 26, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 26, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005LT35MA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Forsaken: A Novel of Art, Evil, and Insanity Kindle Edition
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"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
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Young orphaned brothers David and his little brother Daniel are playing hide-and-seek with other orphans on a grassy hilltop with a large scraggly tree atop the hill. Daniel hears the "it" girl counting down to 50 and his young mind remembers the old film "Night of the Living Dead " and he pictures everyone the girl finds joining her army of undead ..."they're coming to get you Bah-bah-ra"...so Daniel follows his brother to an old dilapidated house at the foot of the hilltop to hide...
David is angry that Daniel won't find his own hiding place...he might give them away...so he makes Daniel go down into the storm cellar and hide in an old steamer trunk there. Daniel is afraid of the dark and small, tight places but...David makes him get in...
Once Daniel is crammed into the chest, David closed the lid and puts a railroad spike through the hasp to keep him inside...
Daniel is in the trunk for what seems like hours and has a panic attack...
Fast forward about 20 years...the story picks up with Daniel, now married with children, who is a professor at an art institute where the dean has given him a large painting...6 ft by 5 ft...to take home and research who the unknown artist is...
The painting is not very good; it depicts a boy and girl in a dilapidated room on either side of a window. The window looks out onto a grassy hill with an old twisted dead tree atop the hill. Daniel finds that if you look closer, you can just make out a black figure hiding behind the tree who appears to be watching the viewer (Daniel) and seems to be getting closer to the window in the picture every time he looks...
Also in the picture is a clock missing the 9, 10 and 11, a bird, broken toys...
It's hard for me to find a book that scares me but...this one did! At the 58% mark this story scared me while sitting at my desk at work in broad daylight...it was like a good episode of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone or Boris Karloff's Thriller with a little Jeepers Creepers thrown in. There was a satisfying ending worthy of the rest of the novel. Don't miss this one!
This is the type of book where you wish the author had not read and seen other horror, because the influences are clear and many scenes feel familiar (the psychic freaking out and saying "I can't help you" for instance) Everyone but the main character feels one dimensional with a few things tacked on to flesh them out to varying degrees of success, like the wife's issues and fixation on her roses. I'm not sure if my copy was an advanced one because it was missing things like chapter breaks, so occasionally you would be in a whole new scene with no warning, and on the subject of editing, it could have benefited from some, as when their house is broken into and things destroyed it's never mentioned by the wife again, and the ending is bogged down by Clive Barker style long descriptions of the Otherworld that just grow repetitive.
So that's the questionable stuff. Despite all that, it pretty much works. I found myself engrossed in the mystery and while the main character wasn't likable he wasn't so awful that I wanted to stop reading. There are some good scary parts and images that will stay with me. The ending was slightly a let down because it seemed to take a really long time to get to, again some tightening up I think was in order. But on the whole a good scary page turner, looking forward to reading more of the author's work.
Top international reviews
I loved this book...what a page turner!
when I read the blurb I was nervous to read it, thought I would be reading from behind the sofa with my hands over my eyes! lol but it wasn't soooo bad!
still quite chilling and gruesome in places though and really got your brain turning those cogs. I had in inkling of the twist about half way through but wasn't 100% til it happened right at the end so that proves it was well written. tbh I'm still not 100% sure if everything really happened or whether he was just derranged??
Well worth a read, a long one but I have it read in 2 or 3 days!
I wuld definately look out for this author again!
This is one of the best free books I have read in a long time and I will look out for more of the same by this writer.
As said before, it's very old style King, Koontz and Herbert but now! Totally enthralling and as the finale begins, I literally could not put it down. An intellectually written fantasy horror/thriller that totally blows your head up into all sorts of unthinkable imaginations. Keeps you mystified to the very end. ART..EVIL...INSANITY...indeed!
The descent of the main characters mind was so well portrayed that each chapter escalated the tension and made the book incredibly difficult to put down.
The suspense level achieved was superb and I would recommend this book to anyone.
So, the book started and I couldn't really get into it so I decided to read 100 pages and if I didn't like it I'd give up but just as I got to 100 pages I found I needed to see what was going to happen.
I didn't like Dan's seeded affair and how his poor student turned suicidal and maybe even homicidal.
I knew straight away who Daniel really was and who the artist was behind the painting. I thought the book could have been cut in half really as it dragged in a lot of places and you were just reading for the sake of it.
I did enjoy this book but I gave it 3 stars for a boring start, the obvious twists and being dragged out.