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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Forsaken by J.D. Barker

"J.D. Barker's Forsaken is a remarkable debut, a gripping tale of suspense in the tradition of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Saul. Truly the birth of a new master in the genre."

Bram Stoker Award Nominee - Superior Achievement in a First Novel

"A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind!"
Jeffery Deaver
#1 International Bestselling Author 

"Incredibly written, supremely creepy. I don't say this lightly: J.D. Barker is a force to be reckoned with."
Tosca Lee
NY Times Bestselling Author

Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga

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. Upon being stripped and examined, on her right side is found a bluish mark, much like a clover leaf; it was thrice pricked therein but she felt no pain and no blood flowed from the wound. 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 with the Forsaken. @ goodreads



Read from April 22 to 26, 2015

*This book was on the read now list at Netgalley*

This book is creepy!! I'm going to have to add a few **SPOILERS**

Ok, so the cool part is Thad's wife stops into the shop, "Needful Things". Does that ring a bell? She picks up this journal for Thad to do his writing in, he's an author. The journal belonged to Clayton Stone from the Salem witch trials, but was never written in besides his name. Thad seems to have no trouble writing out this new horror novel, which is actually true. The book brings the witch to life and all kinds of horror ensues as you can imagine.

I'm not going to put too many spoilers from here on out because what would be the point of telling you everything! So, Thad goes out of town to push this book to get released and a movie, etc and so forth.

His wife, who is pregnant, stays home with their daughter Ashley, the housekeeper and dog Buster :)

Well now that the witch is out and all these people are involved they make Thad go and get this old ancient box and they want his unborn baby so the old crone can live in the child.

The creepy stuff are these little minion things that run around attacking them at home but they collapse into dirt if you hit them etc. They are there to keep the family from getting away.


The thing is, when his wife was in Needful Things she told Mr. Gaunt she would give her first born child for Thad to have a great book, something along those lines. Soooo, all the people that show up to steal the baby at the house, since she goes into labor, it's not the baby they take! Can you guess who it was?

So, a lot of people die and the evil witch is in the new body. There are going to be more books to the series so I'm wanting to see what happens! 4 Stars

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