Forsaken by J.D. Barker (2014)

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Successful horror writer Thad McAlister has just written the best book of his career. While in New York to sell the movie rights, Thad discovers that his book may not be as fictional as he thought. The creatures from his novel have invaded the real world and now Thad must race against the clock if he is to save his family.

The plot of Forsaken takes the witch trials of olde and creates a contemporary horror story with an interesting plot. I particularly love that excerpts from the fictional story written by Thad McAlister are interwoven with the rest of the story. The reader gets an all encompassing overview of the events in the “novel within the novel” while also getting an omniscient view of what’s happening in the “real” world.

There are some delightful references to Stephen King’s work in Forsaken. As a fan of King and the horror genre, I’m always a happy to geek out when I spot an author making an homage to the master of horror. However, those unfamiliar with King’s work shouldn’t be discouraged. Barker has threaded the references into his story so well that you won’t be left in the lurch if you don’t get them.

There are some really good examples of character development in Forsaken. There are examples of good becoming twisted and bad receiving redemption, but there are also cases where the character delves further into their own extreme with seedy becoming evil and good becoming heroic.

If you enjoy a good suspense novel with horror themes, then Forsaken is definitely worth taking the time to read. With interesting characters, an enjoyable plot and interesting structure, it will put a spell on readers.



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