Forsaken: Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga

Forsaken: Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga

by J.D. Barker


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ISBN-13: 9780990694922
Publisher: Hampton Creek Press
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Pages: 436
Sales rank: 178,635
Product dimensions: 4.37(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Dylan Barker holds a B.A. in English from Beaumont University and currently lives in Shadow Cove, Massachusetts where he is hard at work on his latest novel.

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Forsaken: Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I would like this at first but it turned out to be very good!
ApexRev More than 1 year ago
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 McAlister’s 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. Meanwhile, his wife struggles to keep their family alive at home, secretly wondering if she caused it all...a deal she made long ago...a deal with the Forsaken. Forsaken is quite the compelling read. An adept storyteller, author J.D. Barker does a commendable job of interweaving the dual elements of mystery and suspense to create a fast-paced read that reveals just enough at a time to hold the reader’s interest until the very end. With a nod to the fantastical, Forsaken is a sci-fi/thriller fan’s dream come true, worthy of Barker’s literary namesake, Clive. A titillating tale sure not to disappoint. Tanya Morgan Apex Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. A great read.
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
I've been in the mood for a good horror story lately. I just haven't found one that hasn't had be rolling my eyes in annoyance. Enter Forsaken by J.D. Barker. Introduced to me as a novel that was "short-listed for a Bram Stoker Award," I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read this. I have an affinity for novels that start out with a bang, especially when they're horror stories. Our first introduction to Her is when she is haunting the dreams of Rachel, telling her time is running out and She's coming for the baby. Immediately She is creeping me out. The way J.D. writes about Her is so commanding we don't need her to actually be present to be terrified. Sprinkled throughout the novel are excerpts from Thad McAlister's newest novel Rise of the Witch. These excerpts give us a bit of a back story regarding Her and, along with the experiences of Thad and Rachel, we soon learn that maybe She isn't just a figment of Thad's imagination.While these excerpts aren't scary, they add to the atmosphere of Forsaken and create a rounded out story. One of the things I really appreciate in Forsaken is that the horror isn't constantly in your face. There are moments of big bang horror, but there are also moments of "There's a possibility this is all in my head." Overall, the horror bits are gradual and slowly build over time and these people learn too late that they are in some serious trouble. That dream wasn't simply a dream. The grass dying wasn't simply the grass dying. This book isn't simply just a book. The characters are realistic and flawed with fantastic pacing, a dark atmosphere, and nail-biting tension. There are witches, dirt minions (which are creepier than they sound, I promise!), and maybe a possession or two. J.D.'s masterful storytelling pulls readers into this story and is guaranteed to give you the heebie jeebies, even long after you finish.
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Anna_Reads More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to be one of the “First Readers”, and it really is a great book! I do not like scary books or movies and I go out of my way to avoid them. But the favor was asked and I decided to finally be brave and de-virginze myself to the “scary book” genre. I’m so glad I did! It was suspenseful, creative, smart, and just the right amount of scary. The story was so engaging that I kept on reading through my heebie-jeebies and found myself on the other side of that book going “damn! how long until the next book?!”
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel I have had the pleasure of hearing written by J.D. Barker. The mention of the store “Needful Things” in Castle Rock captured my attention first. Having read Stephen King’s novel Needful Things, I knew Forsaken had to be as interesting and captivating. Thad McAlister an author tells the story of Shadow Cove and its inhabitants during the Salem Witch Trials. Unfortunately, writing his book releases an evilness bent on revenge first and foremost at the same time endangering his family. This novel which practically wrote itself will be the novel that puts McAlister on the established and legend writers list. One would not expect writing a book would result in so much darkness and fear. But for Thad McAlister and his family, they experience the fear and horror of things best left unwritten first hand. Rachel McAlister realizes early on that she has brought this horror upon her family with a casual comment made at the mysterious little shop in Castle Rock but has no way to stop it. Thad figures out much later that his writing has opened a door best left closed and sealed. Can he save his family? Can he save himself? The answers will terrify you! We are given a small amount of insight into the mind of Barker and it is a deep, dark place: minions that crawl forth and smother everything with vile rotten dirt, plants that rip the flesh from anyone brave enough to venture through them. Even a most innocent noise “click-click-clickity-click” becomes terrifying! The one phrase that made my blood run cold was “her soul crept in.” The imagery of this was jaw dropping. This is a small phrase and not entirely unique, the manner in which Barker uses it makes it frighteningly creepy. The storylines flow fluidly, interwoven expertly and horrors are described with a rich vocabulary that leaves one with images burned deep in their minds. Just using “click-click-clickity-click” invokes terror in one’s mind resulting in goose bumps. Barker develops each character to its fullest, both main and secondary ones. I can still see the small minions with their yellowed teeth and long nails. I can even smell their vile rotten dirt that is their physical essence when destroyed. Barker is a master wordsmith. This story will leave you looking behind you at each and every snap, crackle and pop your house makes night or in broad day light! Christina Delaine does an excellent job of narrating. Her “click-click-clickity-click” is so softly spoken time and again, that one hears it in their minds throughout the book. She translates the fear, darkness and chilling atmosphere clearly with her voice. The audio production by Audible Studios was excellent and clearly done, I had no issues at all. Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]