Forsaken: A Novel of Art, Evil and Insanity

Forsaken A Novel of Art Evil and Insanity YOU RE LIVING THE DREAMA beautiful house a loving wife Two kids a dog and a tenure track professorship teaching art at the local university Your name is Daniel Rineheart You ve got it all BUT ALL D

  • Title: Forsaken: A Novel of Art, Evil and Insanity
  • Author: Andrew Van Wey
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • YOU RE LIVING THE DREAMA beautiful house, a loving wife Two kids, a dog, and a tenure track professorship teaching art at the local university Your name is Daniel Rineheart You ve got it all.BUT ALL DREAMS MUST END.For this autumn heralds the arrival of a mysterious painting No name No date No signature or frame A disturbing work of grotesque perfection two cYOU RE LIVING THE DREAMA beautiful house, a loving wife Two kids, a dog, and a tenure track professorship teaching art at the local university Your name is Daniel Rineheart You ve got it all.BUT ALL DREAMS MUST END.For this autumn heralds the arrival of a mysterious painting No name No date No signature or frame 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 BEGINS THE NIGHTMAREWhere 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 pastAND A HORROR THAT WILL DEVOUR ALL.Curl up, if you dare, with a dark novel readers are calling Beautifully written A Must Read Stunning The Scariest book EVER FORSKEN 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 rest.Lock your door Turn on the lights Do NOT read FORSAKEN late at night.

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    1. If you’re looking for that near-perfect Halloween read, 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.This is a book that really messes with you, contrasting surreal horror with ordinary tragedy in such a way as to keep you guessing (and doubting) as [...]

    2. See that last paragraph about Forsaken being a dark novelts beneath the skinicking 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 time [...]

    3. This book is indescribable. I stayed up all night reading it despite the fact that the only two activities I should be doing are sleeping and studying (exam season), which shows that's how thrilling it was. The book centers around a painting, which can only be called disturbing. What's masterful was how the Daniel (the protagonist) slowly breaks down under the influence of the painting, while others are merely affected by it. I think the attention to detail (such as how the other characters perc [...]

    4. Big brothers can be a pain in the ass sometimes. I ought to know; I am one. As a boy, I had spurts of tormenting my little sister, but at least I never locked her in a trunk until she had a nervous breakdown, which is precisely how this novel begins with young Daniel tricked by his older brother, David, during a game of hide-and-seek.Daniel Rineheart's quaint, albeit tiresome, family life and professional life are turned upside-down when his former student and lover, Karina, returns from Europe [...]

    5. This book is good and creepy! If I didn't already sleep with the tv and one light on, I would after reading this one. I love a good scary book! The painting!!!! First off, there is no way I would bring that into my house! I would crap my pants :) I started to figure it out toward the end though. I never would have guessed it throughout the book.Creepy kids, creepy noises, different realities. I'm messed up enough as it is, if this stuff happened to me like Dan in the book I would have went off t [...]

    6. I was surprised by the intensity of this book! I was very quickly pulled into the tale and the threads of Daniel's life began to rapidly unravel around him. This book was very "psychological" in parts, which really helps when it comes to put it down--you really don't want leave off anywhere because a part of you is just beginning to wrap around some new aspect that's been uncovered. Chilling--a great Halloween read!

    7. Today we are taking a seriously creepy journey into a rather twisty world full of brothers, secrets, darkness, and the evil that lies in the hearts of men… (How’s THAT for an opening?) My review copy was kindly provided by the author, Andrew van Wey. Oh – and take the time to check out the link on You are in for a treat if you do – for 48 delightful hours (from 1/17-1/18, 2012), starting today, you can get your very own copy for free!! Thanks so much Drew!Forsaken opens with hide-and-see [...]

    8. I read "Forsaken" about three months ago. I have read plenty of other books since then, but the story line of "Forsaken" is still clear in my head. I love reading horror but I find it hard to find a truly scary book. So I was delighted when "Forsaken" scared the life out of me!My best advice to people is read the free sample of this book. That is what I did and I was instantly hooked. Straight away I got an eerie feeling while reading the free sample. So I downloaded the book and I didn't put it [...]

    9. "Wow" is all I can say about this book. I had read "A Hollow Dream of Summer's End" and thought it was quite good, so I bought this book. I couldn't put it sown from the moment I started, and would only stop reading when I had to. This is probably the scariest book I've ever read, and books don't usually scare me but this one freaked me out. It is so well written, and the characters Van Wey creates are so intriguing and memorable. This book is a roller coaster ride right from the start, it's a s [...]

    10. A spooky and creepy horror centered around an unusual painting that is large with many questions unanswered, like who painted the piece. Daniel is an art professor who selects outstanding students for re-furbishing older paintings. His knowledge of art proves to be a great help to him.I enjoyed the characters in this book. They all seemed to be not so perfect and filled with doubts, fears and anxieties. Daniel was a complex individual and as the protagonist became multi dimensional in my mind.I [...]

    11. 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. W [...]

    12. Really thought I would love this - horror, mystery and art? Instead it was just OK, a bit repetitive in places and, a personal pet peeve, (view spoiler)[ includes repeated, if short, scenes of the torture of an animal (hide spoiler)]. Dan seems to have it all - wife, family, a fulfilling career, but he's really just a step from the edgehe's having an affair with a student and he comes from a, well, a difficult background. The arrival of a mysterious painting appears to push him over. Dan keeps u [...]

    13. So, I picked this up as bargain kindle book. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one, as I had not heard of the author before. This was so well done, so crafty. The way it all came together was something rare, in my opinion. I definitely recommend that anyone interested in horror or thrillers should check this out. I am confident you will not be disappointed.

    14. I knew going in that I would love this book based on some friends reviews - and I was not disappointed. The tale is told with such great care that its easy to picture yourself right there along with the characters going through the struggles with them. Fantastically creepy horror. Loved it.

    15. Forsaken involves a painting, twins, and characters that divulge into madness. This was a pretty scary story. Will be well received by fans of King and Koontz earlier works.

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 'there are no happy endings here'That sums up this twisted and dismal, yet engrossing and ultimately VERY good horror novel. Although calling it just a horror novel is kind of selling this book short because it's a lot more than that. Part mystery, part horror, part psychological drama.'s really an amalgamation of several genres. What it is really is like a chronicle of a man with a haunted and dark past, slowly losing his mind and everything he holds dear. the quote says, no happy endings here. [...]

    18. Two young brothers had been left at an orphanage in Nebraska, thrown away by their parents who didn't want them anymore David Rinehart hated that his younger brother was such a loser, Daniel was ten years old and such a baby and he was scared of thunder. The kids in the orphanage were all playing hide and seek and Daniel whined and tried to keep up with him to see his great hiding spot, but he knew his brother would blab his good spot, so David hurried through the tall weeds and let his brother [...]

    19. Creepy painting. Tragic back-story. Psychotic girlfriend. Basically Forsaken has everything. I was really intrigued by the story, since I’m a big fan of horror, and Forsaken was definitely horror. Also, creepy painting with creepy children, I mean, come on.Van Wey does a good job of setting up the suspense and keeping you guessing. I really liked the mystery of it, and it was really, really creepy. The scares were good (not jump-in-your-face which I like) and it was really good at unsettling y [...]

    20. I haven’t read a scary book in a long time. After I read some Dean Koontz books (my Dad was a fan) I started taking different routes to and from work. I didn’t want anyone to be waiting for me and for me to fall into dangerous hands without throwing in a loop or two. So, I figured, “what the heck?” I dig the title. A bit off. Count me in! Well after I read it I dug more than the title. It was spooky in a way that Gotham City is spooky. It seems the characters don’t find the situation s [...]

    21. I wanted to like this book more than I did. I found myself eager to finish, not because I was gripped by the story but rather because I have other books that I wanted to start.It seemed to just jump from event to event without any real character development or world building. There are long swaths of the book where nothing of note really happens, which would be absolutely fine if these sections were used as build up or to set the atmosphere. As it is though, they just felt like watching someone [...]

    22. The story itself is amazing. I was completely drawn in almost immediately. There is believability to about these characters that I really liked; they could easily be that family that lives down the street. The story had so many super creepy parts that I did not want to read this book before I went to bed. Even when I was reading this book in broad daylight, I was very jumpy, kept shifting in my spot on the couch and nearly died when my dog hopped on my lap.There was a bit of a “whodunit” fee [...]

    23. Review by staff member Autumn:I had to walk away from this book several times while reading it. Not because I didn’t like it. It genuinely frightened me and I had to go and turn on every light in the house. I consider myself to be someone who is hard to spook, but this book did the trick. “Forsaken” seemed to be quite benign in the beginning, but amped up pretty quickly. There were several twists and turns in the story that quite literally had me gasping. Van Wey had a real grasp on his ch [...]

    24. There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad. - Salvador DaliI just finished this book and now I am afraid to turn off the lights and go to sleep. Paintings come to life, dark thoughts turn to dark actions and if I turn out the lights, I am afraid of what might come alive in the dark. I have been getting a few kindle books to prepare for some long trips. Most of them sucked and I was afraid this one would as well. It did not.I am no literary [...]

    25. To any outsider, art professor Daniel Rineheart's life seems like the American dream. After growing up as an orphan, he has worked hard to establish himself as a reputable restorative painter. He has a beautiful wife, two kids, and a dog. That doesn't mean he doesn't have secretske Kalina, a seductive and unbalanced student with whom he's having an affair. Or the mysterious and disturbing painting sent to him, entitled, "Here in Art, Denial." When Daniel seeks to find the creator of this paintin [...]

    26. This book is one of the best books I've read in awhile. It is so well written- it’s detailed but fast paced. It the story of an art restoration professor and the events that come to pass after he receives a mysterious painting as a "gift". This book had suspense, mystery, demons from the past, adultery, psychology, horror. all told in a descriptive way that kept me turning page after page. On occasion, the book switched from one narrator to another, but it did so in such a subtle and natural w [...]

    27. Wonderfully creepy. I couldn't put it down. It had a great surprise ending, and the horror stayed with me a few days after finishing it. A few complaints--the book could have had tighter editing; there were several typos and repetition of words that were annoying. (Calling Linda's deceased father "the old salesman." It really had nothing to do with the man and the title came off as an affectation.One thing that bugs me is how all horror novels get lumped under the Stephen King umbrella. I believ [...]

    28. Spooky, quick read-- but a little juvenile. Giving this book 3 starts cuz it was spooky enough. I thought it was a but complicated at parts, and I can't tell you how many times I read the phrase "balled fists"-- some12th grade creative writing, for sure. But, I thought the build up was creepy enough. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick spooky read, but it's nothing short of a good internet tale. The story took sudden turns, and I felt like the characters forgot a lot about what [...]

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