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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 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.”
For many years Kirsten McKenzie worked in her family's antique store, where she went from being allowed to sell the 50c postcards in the corner of Antique Alley as a child, to selling $5,000 Worcester vases and seventeenth century silverware, providing a unique insight into the world of antiques which touches every aspect of her writing.
Now a full time author, her historical fiction novel 'Fifteen Postcards' and its sequel 'The Last Letter' have been described as Time Travellers Wife meets Far Pavilions. With one reviewer describing them as Antiques Roadshow gone viral.
Her horror novel 'Painted' was released in June 2017.
She lives in New Zealand with her husband, daughters, and her SPCA rescue cat, and can be found procrastinating on Twitter under the handle @Kiwimrsmac.