The Forlorned

The Forlorned

by Angela Townsend


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The Forlorned 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BunnySTx More than 1 year ago
Angela J. Townsend really brings on the creep factor with her novel - The Forlorned. Right from the beginning, we are thrown into the past and given a taste of the island's history. It's dark...morbid...better off unknown...history. But there is more to it than meets the eye. The author quickly shifts to present day and elevates the creepiness. When young Tom comes to the island for the job of repairing the old place, he has no idea what it is that he is in store for. His goals are to save up money to buy a new fishing boat for him and his dad to get back on the water with. He wants that for his dad whom he feels is wasting away with the sea under him anymore. Tom has no idea of the dark history surrounding the island. He has no idea that he is the only one who applied for the job. He has no idea what it is that watches him in the darkness of the shadows and the night. The Forlorned by Angela J. Townsend is an engaging horror story that will keep you reading long after the sun has set. You'll find yourself listening for your own haunting sounds in the dark as you read about Tom's ordeals. From creepy dolls to sharp-toothed rats, to even strange markings outside the house. You know that Tom has it far from easy. Tom has a lot of fortitude because most wouldn't even have stayed after the first night's excitements. But you really have to hand it to Tom for sticking things out. I like the various creepy and disturbing elements the author throws into this story. I am an avid fan of horror stories and this one suits me just fine! There honestly isn't anything that I don't like about this story. I like that it is well edited and error free. The story flows exceedingly well and is a story that I'm willing to bet many who love horror would love to pick up and read. I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author in the future. Well done!
Neesie315 More than 1 year ago
As a longtime reader of Horror, I had great expectations for this book. However, I was mildly disappointed by it. Tom Doherty accepts a job in Nova Scotia, repairing an old lighthouse on an island. His goal is to earn enough money to buy a boat in order to allow his father to be a fisherman again. The Prologue of the book hints at what has happened on this island and is actually the most interesting part of the book. Tom immediately starts to feel that something is wrong, but continues to do his job. After multiple attacks by ravenous rats, he still stays on the island to complete the job. (Really? This is worse than the horror movies where the ditzy girl goes into the basement by herself!). I was constantly reminded of a book/movie from the 1970's called "Willard". Full of rats.....YUCK! This book should definitely have a trigger warning on it somewhere. If a reader is deathly afraid of rats, this book would send them over the edge! The writing was wonderful at times, very descriptive and poetic. Then, at other times, I felt like I was reading a technical manual.....boring! The characters were pretty one dimensional and the most likeable one was the cat, Skipper. Even with all the scenes with the attacking rats, I still wasn't scared by this book. The first half of the book dragged, then when the true story started to emerge, it felt rushed. I was given the chance to read this book by a book review club and chose to review it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a page-turner which I much enjoyed. This is not a horror book, it is an excellent spooky book, with great atmosphere and characters living in a rich world, both likable and believable. This is a great "rainy day, curl up warm and read" book. Read it. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GreAt book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It failed to move me.
DesPutaski More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I reviewed this book in conjunction with a blog tour through Juniper Grove Book Solutions. This book was amazing! I almost left my review as just that, because really that’s all you need to know… but, I’ll give a little more than that. This book has just the perfect amount of suspense and horror mixed together. It’s full of twists and turns; many of them unexpected, but make sense in the story and keeps it flowing along the same path it’s been taking you down. Your imagination will run wild and have you jumping at the slightest noise and freaking out over small noises in the middle of the night. Since most of my reading tends to be done in the middle of the night, on more than one occasion I found myself rushing around flipping on lights because the dogs nails clicking on the floor freaked me out. Don’t read this in the middle of the night. If you choose to read after dark I would suggest leaving all the lights on for your own peace of mind. Tom, who the story centers around, is a likable character who doesn’t let the creepy things happening around him force him away. Rumor has it the island is haunted and the locals stay away. But because he needs money to buy a fishing boat to get his father back out on the water doing what he loves the most, he takes the job that no one in their right mind will touch. From the moment he steps foot on the island weird things are happening. But with each creepy thing he becomes more determined to figure out exactly what is going on and how he can stop it. There is a slew of support characters who are just as well written. This is a psychological horror that makes you think. As the weird events unfold you try to work it out in your head what could possibly be going on. There are descriptions of rotting corpses, but it’s not blood and guts gore that will scare you, it’s where your imagination takes you that will creep you out the most. The author’s words get into your head and hold you hostage until the very end. The Forlorned is fast paced and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. The writing is smooth and the story will suck you in until the very last word. This is the first in a series and I can’t wait to see where the author takes it from here.
Maribel_Platypire-Reviews More than 1 year ago
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*** Let me start off by saying that I had no idea this book was horror. I signed up based solely on my opinion of the cover. I thought, "Hmm, this looks interesting," and signed up. It wasn't until someone else's review popped up in my Facebook news-feed that I realized it was horror. Mind you, this was in the middle of the night the first night I was reading the book. I quickly realized the genre on my own shortly after the prologue, and by this time I was already getting creeped out. I debated waiting until daylight to continue reading, but I had already started it and I wanted to see how the story would pan out. I liked Tom. He seemed like a level-headed kind of guy and the fact that he remains on that island despite everything that keeps happening takes guts. I probably would have run screaming from the place the first night there. But the goal he has keeps him from running, and it's obvious he cares a great deal for his father if the thought of achieving his goal is the only thing that keeps him from running. Unfortunately, I didn't have time in the light of day to keep reading, so the second night found me picking up the book again, against my better judgement. I scared quite easily when dealing with the paranormal. I won't bore you with the reasons, but let's just say I was spooked enough that I kept checking my dark surroundings periodically, just to be on the safe side. I do feel that the plot built up quite nicely, but the ending was a tad bit lackluster. I had expected a more dramatic ending than the one given, but the details given were vivid all throughout the book, and the ending was no exception. I just wish the ending had been longer and not so rushed. I did enjoy this book, despite being scared and jumping at all the creaks in the night. The Forlorned gets 4 Platypires!
One-Loves-to-Read More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing read and I couldn't put the book down! The flow of the story keeps your attention locked on every word. It felt like I couldn't read the words fast enough and my mind craved for the next sentence, next page, next chapter. Angela Townsend's other books are all well written and suspenseful, and The Forlorned will not disappoint you. THIS IS A MUST READ for those who love a well written story with the perfect amount of thrill and suspense. I can't wait until her second novel in The Forlorned series is released!