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“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.”
James P ...more
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 ...more
I liked how this tale was rel ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
.......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...more
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" ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
J.D. Barker has quickly become a favorite author for me. I enjoyed this, his ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
After a difficult start to their lives, everythi ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Thad McAlister is a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
|Goodreads Librari...: Please add new version||3||22||Apr 19, 2015 08:16AM|
|Horror Aficionados : FORSAKEN by J.D. BARKER - If you're a Stephen King fan, you'll love this.||4||49||Nov 25, 2014 05:08AM|
|Horror Aficionados : Strong first novel. Perfect for King fans||1||21||Nov 20, 2014 06:10AM|