Apr 23, 2015

Review: Forsaken

Forsaken by J.D. Barker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I enjoyed this, my first read by J. D. Barker. The book was well paced and I loved the conspiracy / suspense of who is in on the evil of tryn to bring back a witch. The story of an author pretty much gaining his - story - or a book he wrote via super natural means was also very interresting. I liked that between the perspectives of the husband (writer) & his wife, parts of his book were also included detailing his "fictional" story about a witch from long ago.

The story quickly moves into the situation of him and his family being involved in some deep supernatural evil. I loved that there were so many twists and turns, then greed and betrayal from every angle. A real page turner. Loved it. I was given a free copy of the book I order to provide an honest review.

Book descriptin:

New from Master of Suspense, J.D. BARKER

Bram Stoker Award Nominee - Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga

From the witch trials of centuries past, an evil awakens.

Inspired by Actual Events
Excerpt from the Journal of Clayton Stone – 1692
She was examined today without torture at Shadow Cove township on the charge of witchcraft. She said she was wholly innocent of the crime and has never in life renounced God. I watched as they brought her out. A poor, sickly thing, worn by her time behind the walls of her prison. Her bared feet and hands bound in leather, her clothing tattered to that of ruin. Despite such condition, her head was held high, her eyes meeting those of her accusers. She still refuses to provide her name so we remain unable to search baptismal records, nor has her family stepped forward to claim her as their own. We have no reason to believe she is anything but an orphaned child. I find myself unable to look at her directly in the moments preceding her trial. She is watching me though; with eyes of the deepest blue, she is watching me.
Thad McAlister, Rise of the Witch

When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.

But was it really fiction?

He inadvertently opened a door, one that would soon jeopardize the lives of his family.

She wants to come back.

At home, his wife struggles to keep their family alive. Secretly wondering if she caused it all…a deal she made long ago. A deal

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