Title: The Forlorned
Author: Angela J. Townsend
Category/Genre: Adult Horror
My Star Rating: 4/5
When Tom Doherty first laid eyes on the lighthouse he knew it was damned.
An advertisement lured him to the island, offering a job renovating the old lighthouse and ramshackle buildings. What he didn't know was that he was the only applicant. None of the locals wanted the job – no one dared.
Isolated and alone, Tom soon discovers why. Messages from disembodied voices; ghostly visitations and escalating horrors draw Tom deeper into the island's evil past—a darkness that forces Tom to unbury the truth and bring demons of his own into the light.
This book's premise was down right enticing to me. Pirates, curses and ghosties, oh my! An exciting and thrilling read, The Forlorned is action packed and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Personally, I wouldn't categorize it as horror; I'd put it more toward the paranormal genre. Everything unfolds exactly as I imagined a haunting would in an old lighthouse damned by spirits of the past. The main characters were endearing and had great backstories to put them right where they should be for the story to take off. That said, the dialogue was pretty far from believable. It felt scripted at best, forced at worst. The romance didn't work for me, either. In fact, I think the book would've gotten along just fine with out the girl. She didn't add much to the story line, in my opinion.