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J.D. 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.

“J.D. 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 J.D. writes.”
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Paperback, 386 pages
Published November 30th 2014 by Hampton Creek Press (first published November 14th 2014)
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John M Laney It shows to be #1 in the Shadow Cove Series. So hoping #2 comes out soon.

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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
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
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 is more than 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
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“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 hangnail.”

----Terry Pratchett

J.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 i
Tara Rock
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-1/2 Stars. This was an excellent story which took me back to the good old 80's. Very clever, and I love Mr. Barker's structure - all chapters are very short which serve as a catalyst to propel the story and reader along. Very successful as one can't put the book down; you know that something big is gonna happen in the next few pages. AND it does. ...more
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Heart Pounding

Mind Spinning


Couldn't put down

Above are a few definitions of this book.

Book – Forsaken (Shadow Cove Saga #1)
Author – J.D. Barker
Publication Date – November 30, 2014
Genre – Horror/Thriller
Type – Part of Series
Cliffhanger – Yes
Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts - Story
When I started to read the Prologue and saw “Needful Things”, I honestly rolled my eyes and thought this was going to
......."From the witch trials of centuries past, an evil awakens"....... That blurb and the creepy book cover caught my attention years ago when first published, and after reading J. D. Barker's THE FOURTH MONKEY about a year ago, (that I loved) I thought it high time to retrieve FORSAKEN from my ebook library.

.......Unfortunately, FOR ME nothing much scary or creepy here....not the witch....not her lame "clickity click click click" sounding nails....and certainly not the silly little minions m

Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars full review to come.

I confess, as I began this book, starting at the prologue, I double-checked I was reading Forsaken by J.D. Barker. I had a split second of confusion as the author with the permission of Mr. Stephen King name dropped one of my favorite books.

Then after a short prologue Barker jumps into his novel introducing the reader to successful novelist Thad McAllister, his wife Rachel and young daughter Ashley and lest we forget another key character Ashley's "imaginary friend"
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I liked this book.

Thad McAllister suddenly becomes a best selling author following his wife's purchase of an old leather journal as a gift for him from a store called "Needful Things".

And like all other gifts from this store, there is a price to be paid - not a monetary one.

Thad has had a story haunting him ever since he received the journal. It virtually wrote itself, and now it is time for it to be published. It is his greatest work, one that will guarantee him an exalted position among the l
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Forsaken By J.D> Barker was awesome was a little slow at the beginning but once it got into the storyline it drew me in from beginning to end. This is a dark horror book delving into witch craft & the unknown, J.D. Barker wrote the complete horror story he is up there with Stephen KIng & Dean Koontz.

Thad MCallister is a too bit author who is going nowhere until he writes a best seller & suddenly he is taken over by the journal IS IT HIM WRITING IT OR SOME FORCE CONTROLLING HIM!!

His world seems t
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

A great story of an ancient witchcraft, with ties to the Salam Witch Trials. This was one of those stories that you keep telling yourself "just one more chapter", and before you know it, hours have elapsed.

Rachael McAlister wants to get just the perfect gift for her struggling writer, fiancé, Thad. Little did she realize the repercussions that would come years later as a result....

Thad is now a bestseller author, but he isn't quite sure if his latest story came from his imagination or
Kat (Books are Comfort Food)
“Not all witchcraft is evil, and certainly not all witches are akin with the devil,” she began. “Most are healers, utilizing methods passed down from each generation to the next. Herbs and spells, remedies known only to a few but meant to help the many… this is what true witchcraft is borne of.” I felt her fingers tense within mine, her grip hesitant, yet firm. “There is a book, but it is not what you believe it to be.”

J.D. Barker has quickly become a favorite author for me. I enjoyed this, his
Mark Matthews
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this story that brought past and present together in a very imaginative and exciting way. An unfortunate family are thrown into a frightening and deadly encounter with a long dead witch and her creepy modern day followers. The end had a twist that I did not at all see coming, and then the prologue was completely unexpected. Very good, smart writing that made the unbelievable, believable. The narration was good but I did speed it up to 1.25, for me the regular speed made the ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
*This book was on the read now list at Netgalley*

This book is creepy!! I'm going to have to add a few **SPOILERS**

Ok, so the cool part is Thad's wife stops into the shop, "Needful Things". Does that ring a bell? She picks up this journal for Thad to do his writing in, he's an author. The journal belonged to Clayton Stone from the Salem witch trials, but was never written in besides his name. Thad seems to have no trouble writing out this new horror novel, which is actually true. The book brings
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of Forsaken from the publisher for an honest review. Rachel McAlister was looking for something special for her author husband Thad. Rachael walks into this little unique store located in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. The proprietor of the store Mr. Gaunt claims to have something for everybody. He shows Rachel three things. The last one caught her eye. It was a journal of Clayton Stone from 1692. The Journal was about the Salem Witch trials. Thad McAlister was writing hi ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nominated for the ‘Bram Stoker Award’ in 2014, “Forsaken” is the first in ‘The Shadow Cove Saga.” This fast paced novel takes place over an action packed few days and concerns horror writer Thad McAlister, his pregnant wife Rachael and their young daughter, Ashley. Many years ago, Rachael bought her young, aspiring writer fiancé, Thad a journal in a small, Oceanside town – hoping to inspire him – with disastrous consequences. Many years later, Thad is a bestselling author and about to jet off to ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
It's been a long time since I've read a witch-themed horror book - I recognize some of the ideas used in this one, with a few of them being new. There was something familiar about it, almost like the characters themselves were haunted by something they recognized in the back of their minds. The book goes back and forth through brief experts in the novel of something that happened back in the day with the original witch trials, to the current day where an innocent family now has to pay the price ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jules by: Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Forsaken is a great book for horror fans. I’ve loved reading horror since I was a child. Although I don’t read horror as much these days, I do enjoy a good horror from time to time, and I definitely enjoyed this one.

Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga tells the story of an author and his newest horror novel. One that is different to any of his previous novels, much darker, yet it came to him so easily, almost as if the story had written itself. Remember that saying “Sticks and stones may break my b
Malina Skrobosinski
“Sometimes the most frightening of thoughts can be found hiding among the shadows of our own minds.”

This quote has appealed to me long before I opened the pages of this fantastic novel. This is such an ominous, but powerful statement. The majority of us living inside our own minds, the truly sick and demented trapped by their thoughts like a prison. The mind is something that for centuries that we have longed to understand, to understand behaviors and predict patterns of psychotic behavior,
11811 (Eleven)
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I finished this weeks ago and forgot to add it. It was one of the better witchcraft themed books I've read in recent years. I definitely intend to read the sequel. ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can not believe this was a 1st novel read in two sittings.J.D.Barker certainly has a amazing future a head of him.
And with 4MK just published and read (bloody brilliant by the way) I can't wait for his next novel.
Nev Murray
Forsaken by J.D. Barker has been on my Goodreads “wish list” for a long long time. Other things just kept getting in the way of me acquiring it and reading it. When a friend of mine and fellow blogger/reviewer, Maxine Groves, messaged me to let me know she was helping with the promo for the book and would I be interested in a review copy, I decided enough with the waiting and let’s get it in the “near future” to be read pile. Why the hell did I wait so long! Thanks Maxine (she knows her books pe ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a big horror movie fan. The creepier it is ..the better. I also love books by Stephen King, who I believe is the master of horror books. Spine-tingling, sometimes gory and most definitely creepy. And then I read this book! JD Barker knows how to write horror!! I found this story to be eery, creepy, and frightfully good.

What I really enjoyed was the pace of the story...kept me hooked throughout. What I also found extremely clever was the story within a story. A hard concept to master correc
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was such an atmospheric and spine-chilling read; J.D. Barker has produced a unique and disturbing tale and I highly commend him for his creation. My main interest in this book came from the comparisons with Dean Koontz and his writing, which I tend to love, and so my expectations were high when undertaking ‘Forsaken.’ Not only did this book deliver on its promises, it surpassed them and took me on a terrifying journey I am unlikely to forget.

After a difficult start to their lives, everythi
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
First of all I want to point out I was contacted over reading this book - so yes I have been asked to review it but all my comments are my own made after reading the book. For that I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book.

So here goes. I have read more than my fair share of books, including horror books so the feeling of deja-vu when reading a new title especially a new book by a new author is all too easy (and sometimes unfair) to make assumptions and links to othe
John Hennessy
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, 2015, horror
Great horror storytelling doesn't just get under your skin, it stays there, merging with your flesh and bones like this was how it was always meant to be.

Forsaken, by author JD Barker, takes us into a world where the writer may have created something very nasty - very nasty indeed. Not only that - it threatens to harm our hero - Thad - and his family.

Things are not looking good for the McAlisters.

Thad is a writer, and as with most writers in the Stephen King universe, if you are a writer, you wi
Jen La Duca
One quick glance at the excerpt and I knew I HAD to read Forsaken: Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga. I’m a big fan of scary and spooky stories and couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into this. So why then did it sit in my Kindle for a few months collecting dust? I honestly don’t know and I’m ashamed to have waited this long, all I can say is that sometimes titles get lost in the shuffle! If I would have realized what a little gem I had I definitely would have read it months ago :)

Thad McAlister is a
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engages immediately!

This book immediately captured by interest. D
Starts well and gets better and better. The Stephen King reference is perfect. This is a start early as it's hard to stop until the ending.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I grew up reading horror novels by the likes of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and James Herbert, to name but a few. J.D Barker deserves to have his name up there with them.

A horror book that grips you from the start. I actually recommend if your brave enough to read this on a night time in a dark room as for me, reading this on my kindle in my bedroom with no lights on made the story really come to life.

The McAlister family are strong characters though I felt more drawn to Rachael the mother and Ash
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

I'm not too sure how to rate this novel.

Its plot managed to be "simple" enough without being boring, able to bring enough elements to keep readers entertained, as well as interesting twists, especially at the end. This isn't something easy to achieve. The wink to Needful Things made me go "wait, what?" for a second, but it all made sense, and was in fact a nice addition, all things considered. (I a
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J.D. Barker is the New York Times and international best-selling author of numerous novels, including DRACUL and THE FOURTH MONKEY. His latest, A CALLER'S GAME, released February 22. He is currently collaborating with James Patterson. His books have been translated into two dozen languages, sold in more than 150 countries, and optioned for both film and television. Barker resides in coastal New Ha ...more

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