Painted
If art can capture a soul, what happens when one of those souls escapes?When art appraiser Anita Cassatt is sent to catalogue the extensive collection of reclusive artist Leo Kubin, it isn’t only the chilly atmosphere of the secluded house making her shiver.Upon entering the house, Anita stands before a silent audience of portraits clustered on every wall. Every painted eye is watching her, including those of the unfinished portrait on the artist’s easel. A portrait with an eerie familiarity.Kubin’s lawyer didn’t share the detailed instructions regarding the handling of the art, and Anita and her team start work in ignorance of the very instructions designed to keep them safe.Disturbed, a man eases himself out of his portrait and stretches. Free at last from the confines of his canvas, he has no intention of ever returning. He has a painting to finish…

Painted Details

TitlePainted
Author
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 30th, 2017
PublisherSquabbling Sparrows Press
ISBN0473398435
ISBN-139780473398439
Rating
GenreHorror, Fiction

Painted Review

  • Vicky
    June 27, 2017
    I am not usually a reader of horror novels. I came to know McKenzie's writing through her historical fiction novels which display her love and knowledge of antiques. Painted continues her love of antiques with descriptions of the amazing rooms in this novel. Room by room, character by character and painting by painting the author delivers a page turning, gripping novel of a house that is haunted - if only they had listened to the owner who left specific instructions in his will.
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  • Nicole
    June 26, 2017
    Leo Kubin is dead and he has left the law firm headed by Alan Gates, some very specific instructions on how to dispose of his art collection. All paintings must be taken from the wall and immediately crated. Under no circumstances must they be leant against the wall or left on a table or crated with other items. Alan has no patience with such frivolities and arranges for a team from Nickleby's to visit the house and assess the artwork and other treasures in the hope that there might be a valuabl Leo Kubin is dead and he has left the law firm headed by Alan Gates, some very specific instructions on how to dispose of his art collection. All paintings must be taken from the wall and immediately crated. Under no circumstances must they be leant against the wall or left on a table or crated with other items. Alan has no patience with such frivolities and arranges for a team from Nickleby's to visit the house and assess the artwork and other treasures in the hope that there might be a valuable asset hidden there.Anita Cassett, junior assessor, and hiding a secret, is hoping to make a good name for herself by properly assessing the artwork. She arrives at the house ahead of the team to make a start with the paintings and totally unaware of the instructions for the crating of the paintings. She ignores the spookiness of the house but when Alan Gates arrives at the house to check on her progress, her uneasiness grows. Kirstin McKenzie has done a fantastic job with this book. Her first step into the supernatural she has created some very strong characters and her descriptions of the house and its contents are beautifully described and sent shivers down my spine. Painted is the spookiest book I have read in years. The chapters when Anita is alone in the house freaked me out in a way that I haven't been since the early novels of Stephen King. I really hope that Kirstin continues writing books in this genre as I think the has a real talent for it.
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  • Stacey Broadbent
    June 22, 2017
    When I saw that fellow New Zealand author, Kirsten McKenzie had written a horror, I jumped at the chance to read it! I’m a sucker for anything that will have me on the edge of my seat, and this book did that.First of all, I’d just like to touch on the wonderful writing style of Kirsten. This book was so beautifully written, with such attention to detail, you couldn’t help but feel as though you were right there with the characters. She painted such an eerie picture of the house and its surroundi When I saw that fellow New Zealand author, Kirsten McKenzie had written a horror, I jumped at the chance to read it! I’m a sucker for anything that will have me on the edge of my seat, and this book did that.First of all, I’d just like to touch on the wonderful writing style of Kirsten. This book was so beautifully written, with such attention to detail, you couldn’t help but feel as though you were right there with the characters. She painted such an eerie picture of the house and its surroundings, and don’t get me started on the creepy artwork.What I loved about this book was how it played out almost like a movie, where small things would happen but go unnoticed by the characters in the beginning. The fleeting shadows behind them, the objects shifting, the paintings… well, you’ll just have to read to see what happens with the paintings.There seem to be twists and turns everywhere in this book, and I love that! The ending was something I didn’t see coming either, which doesn’t often happen for me, but this was not predictable at all. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like this before, and it makes such a nice change. I will definitely be looking out for more books by Kirsten McKenzie!
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  • Kirsten McKenzie
    May 19, 2017
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