Painted by Kirsten McKenzie
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…
Perfect for horror lovers of early Stephen King, and Willow Rose.
What readers are saying about PAINTED:
“Caravaggio meets Poltergeist.”
“The chapters where she is alone in the house are so unbelievably spooky.”
“I’ve finished! OMG it got so tense towards the end.”
The Inspiration Behind My Latest Book:
After writing two time slip novels, I’ve tipped one bloody toe into the realm of horror. My first horror novel, PAINTED, will be published on the 30th June 2017. PAINTED is centred around an art appraiser sent to catalogue a collection of portraits. PAINTED touches on all things antique. The genesis for the book was the upstairs art room at Antique Alley, our antique shop. It’s the sort of room you don’t want to be in with the lights off… One reviewer has called PAINTED ‘Caravaggio meets Poltergeist’, and I couldn’t ask for a better review than that!
About The Author: Kirsten McKenzie
Now a full time author, her historical fiction novels ‘Fifteen Postcards’ and ‘The Last Letter’ have been described as “Time Travellers Wife meets The Far Pavilions with a dash of Antiques Roadshow”. As well as “Antiques Roadshow gone viral”
Her first horror novel ‘Painted’ will be released at the end of June 2017.
She lives in New Zealand with her husband, daughters, and her SPCA rescue cat, and can be found procrastinating on Twitter.