JD 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 JD Barker is a one of a kind writer and that s a rare and special thing Stephen King comes to mind and Lee Child, John Sandford All one of a kinds Don t miss anything JD writes James PattersonInternational Bestselling Author Bram Stoker Award Nominee Superior Achievement in a First Novel Barker s ambitious debut is aimed squarely at fans of classic horror Witches, spells, miniature demons, and personal doubt give plenty to latch on to the plot moves at a brisk pace a promising start to a planned series Editorial Review, Publisher s Weekly A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind Jeffery DeaverInternational Bestselling Author After reading Forsaken, I completely understand why Stephen King would grant this author permission to reference his world from Needful Things Barker is that good You do not want to miss this book The Haven Herald Incredibly written, supremely creepy I don t say this lightly JD Barker is a force to be reckoned with Tosca Lee NY Times Bestselling Author 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 Perhaps the best measure of any book I read is how enthusiastic I grab the kindle, and reading this book, I looked forward to every moment I could power up Forsaken is a unique story with two intertwined plotlines A brief backstory of Witch trials from hundreds of years ago is linked to a horror writer who has just written his greatest piece of work yet Only this book is different, and the price for putting it on paper and unleashing it onto the world puts his children and pregnant wife at ri Perhaps the best measure of any book I read is how enthusiastic I grab the kindle, and reading this book, I looked forward to every moment I could power up Forsaken is a unique story with two intertwined plotlines A brief backstory of Witch trials from hundreds of years ago is linked to a horror writer who has just written his greatest piece of work yet Only this book is different, and the price for putting it on paper and unleashing it onto the world puts his children and pregnant wife at risk The author and his family in isolation from each other worked so well, as did so many other elements in ths story Supernatural elements blended perfectly into the tangible world Escalating conflict turned the volume up with each page, and it all built to a suprise ending and an unusual and perfectly blended shout out to King s Needful Things Highly recommend this great accomplishment What a fantastic horror novel this is I devoured this book, no matter how creepy or chilled I felt, I just kept going, I had to know what was going to happen This is my first book I have read of J.D Barker but it will not be my last, absolutely exceptional writing 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 t What a fantastic horror novel this is I devoured this book, no matter how creepy or chilled I felt, I just kept going, I had to know what was going to happen This is my first book I have read of J.D Barker but it will not be my last, absolutely exceptional writing 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.Are you ready to be scared The book that Thad is writing is supposed to be fiction, we get insights into what he is writing in the book, it essentially tells the tale of witchcraft long ago The doorway from that side to this one opens in his home and his life and things are never going to be the same again It s creepy, scary, terrifying and disturbing I had moments of sheer edge of my seat terror, visualising what the family were going through It doesn t take long before strange and ugly nasty things start happening in the McAlister home The dark has been unleashed and it is coming for what was promised to it.The book is atmospheric and wonderfully dark and spooky, we get a taste of evil creatures, strange growths, witchcraft, curses, evil, all because of a promise made that changed everything Just a stunning horror novel that had me hooked in and on board for the entirety of this book I could SMELL the rotten, meaty, rank evil smells in the home Urgh Are we sure this was not a scratch n sniff book The pace is fast and the tension is awesome from early in the book, it just does not stop, it gets better and better, the imagination of the author is on display and it s totally fantastic You will feel everything the characters do I found it to be a book of depth, with sophisticated characters and a really strong plot Plenty of heart stopping scary moments in this book.I loved, loved, loved the build up to the ending of this book, it was so fantastic, my eyes were popping out of my head and I was holding my breath My God It was so good Better than I could have hoped for I don t want to give too much away from the clever plot, but if you love horror or even just like books that take you to the dark side for a while, don t hesitate on getting this one, beg, borrow but don t steal it It s worth it I loved it Rave over 5 easy peasy stars I received a copy of this novel from the author and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review, it was a book I had wanted to read so it was fantastic to be able to review it, many thanks. This was a fast paced novel that I enjoyed It s a story about a horror writer, oh no, not another one you may be thinking , but this one is slightly different A story comes to the protagonist, Thad, almost completely whole streaming through him like lightning, it comes out on paper This story isthan just a fictional, historical account of the witch trials in Salem, MA It may not be fictional, for one thing, and it may not take place entirely in the past I liked how this tale was rel This was a fast paced novel that I enjoyed It s a story about a horror writer, oh no, not another one you may be thinking , but this one is slightly different A story comes to the protagonist, Thad, almost completely whole streaming through him like lightning, it comes out on paper This story isthan just a fictional, historical account of the witch trials in Salem, MA It may not be fictional, for one thing, and it may not take place entirely in the past I liked how this tale was related, with chapters featuring the present alternating between chapters from The Journal of Clayton Stone It took a little while to get into the flow of things, but not too long That s because the pacing in this book was very fast and the chapters were short Before I knew it I was speeding along and then I just had to finish it, right You know how it is , because I was so close to the end All of the characters here were flawed, but for me that made themreal There were a good bunch of creepy times going on in the house where Thad s daughter and his pregnant wife waited for him to return from the sale of his book As this story went along those creepy times graduated up to scary as hell Thad wasn t having the best time with his book agent either This is a story of witchcraft, the first in a series I have sworn to myself that I wouldn t start another series until it was finished, but here I am A friend of mine on Goodreads mentioned that he liked this book, I took a look, claimed it for review at HAD and here we are I m glad that I did choose it, because I found it to be well written, fast paced, scary and imaginative I will be looking forward to the next in the series because it s been a long time since I read such a damn fine witch story As an added bonus, this novel is sandwiched between two nods to Needful Things There may have been other nods to SK as wellGrady s But that might be just my active imagination Highly recommended A free copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review This is it This and other reviews like it can be found at www.HorrorAfterDark.com If you really want to upset a witch, do her a favor which she has no means of repaying The unfulfilled obligation will nag at her like a hangnailTerry PratchettJ.D Barker, an American author, pens a heart stopping and extremely hair rising story, Forsaken that is the first book in the Shadow Cove Saga series, that accounts the story of a writer who writes horror thrillers and want to be one of the best writers this world has ever known, but little did he knew that the story that he iIf you really want to upset a witch, do her a favor which she has no means of repaying The unfulfilled obligation will nag at her like a hangnailTerry PratchettJ.D Barker, an American author, pens a heart stopping and extremely hair rising story, Forsaken that is the first book in the Shadow Cove Saga series, that accounts the story of a writer who writes horror thrillers and want to be one of the best writers this world has ever known, but little did he knew that the story that he is penning with his words could actually happen parallely in his own family home.BEWARE Because this book is definitely going to be a bumpy ride through witchy drama, spells, curses, creatures of the nigh, blood, goth and shall I continue Everything that is sure to give you the chills and the thrills Synopsis Book One of the Shadow Cove SagaFrom the witch trials of centuries past, an evil awakens.Inspired by Actual EventsExcerpt from the Journal of Clayton Stone 1692She 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 WitchWhen 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 Thad McAlister is an author who writes ghost stories and stories from the horror fiction genre He sets to write his new book which is pure evil and the way he writes his story it feels like he has forever knew this terrific and horrifying story about witches and their curses Upon finishing the book, he was sure that he has created a masterpiece in the world of horror fiction, but little did he know that his story have put things into motion, like his words became a window to this scary story into his own home And the power wants Thad as their right hand to take that revenge that they wanted to take for so long, resisting them might have to cost his precious family of a beautiful and very pregnant wife and his lovely daughter Rachel McAlister knew that she is the one who is responsible for the evil in their home since she made a promise that she shouldn t have made ages ago.There are two stories that run in parallel or rather say in a perfect tune The present day revolves around the McAlister household where situation turns bad to worse with every passing minute, then there is the story world, where we could see the excerpts from Thad s book or rather say like a journal, which is evensinister than the reality The story takes place in a three day s time span and it is enough to creep the hell out of not only the McAlister family but also out of us The darkness and that eerie mood is evident right from the very first page, and immediately it hooks us right into the very heart of the story What I loved most about the book is the timing of the occurrence of each event in this book which is so much in sync with one another.There were moments when I had to close my eyes to stop myself from visualizing those scenes and the author s attention and keen to every minute details is enough to give me a nightmare in the night The writing quality is exceptional and one of a kind and honestly I hardly read anything so evil and filled with darkness which is enough to drown us into it s wickedness The narrative is engaging and has an ability to create a sense of fear into our minds Since the plot is layered with twists and unexpected turns and events, it keeps us on our edges till the last page thus resulting to a very fast pace.The characters that are perfectly etched out with layers of flaws thus providing a realistic edge to their characterization and thus somehow we could relate to their mental fears and all the issues closer to home The grip that the author have on his characters is something really brilliant to watch it unfold once the creepy things start happening in their household The character s developed like anything and with the progress of the story the depth to their demeanor increased thus letting us wide into the minds of his characters both evil and good ones Most striking characteristic of this book is that not for one single moment the book makes us feel like the story is so vague or even fictional, since the author has layered with valid logic to justify the events and surprisingly each creepy events from the witch trials to the events happening inside the house all feel very real, sometimes I even had to look up The mystery and the horror are depicted with sheer perfection, especially the fact that we know what is going to happen next still couldn t stop ourselves from reading the story, like thoroughly arresting The mystery unravels like a movie on a slow motion, thus giving us an adrenaline rushing feel The climax is brilliant and ends with a slight cliffhanger and whoever readers this book will be forced to wonder what will happen next, which I m doing eagerly.Verdict Horror fans do grab a copy of this book now if you want to have a bone chilling experience Courtesy Thanks Maxine once again for this great book