Painted by Kirsten McKenzie @Kiwimrsmac #GothicHorror #BookReview



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: A gothic horror novel


This is a story of one man’s cruse and another man’s greed. When artist Leo Kubin dies his isolated home’s contents have to be catalogued so that the paintings and other items of value can be sold. The task is given to Anita Cassatt to go to the house to catalogue the collection before it is taken away to be auctioned. What isn’t given to her is the explicit instructions which must be followed but a greedy partner in the firm of solicitors is prepared to cut corners to increase profits.

This is one eerie and creepy read that gets under your skin to raise those goosebumps! From the moment that Anita enters the house the whole tone of the atmosphere changes. For one thing, there is far more art work than was first thought and for another every person in every picture seemed to be watching her. Talk about the atmosphere changing, every page seemed darker as she was forced to face her own instability of past mental health issues. She was far from the right person for a job as she was questioning her own sanity with the strange happenings in the house.

There are some brilliant descriptions of the paintings and house which became more intense when nature seemed to be joining forces with much darker elements, making it an isolated house of gothic terror. There is also a feeling of less means more as there are only a handful of charters in the story, each one richly described both physically and by their thoughts.

This is an intriguing story, loved the end. I wish to thank the author for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.


Kirsten McKenzie

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.

Her historical fiction novels ‘Fifteen Postcards’ and it’s sequel ‘The Last Letter’ have been described as ‘Time Travellers Wife meets Far Pavilions’, and ‘Antiques Roadshow gone viral’. The third book in the series ‘Telegram Home’ will be released in late 2018.

Her bestselling gothic horror novel ‘Painted’ was released in 2017, with her medical thriller ‘Doctor Perry’ following closely in April 2018.

She lives in New Zealand with her husband, her daughters, an SPCA rescue cat and a kitten found in the neighbour’s shed.






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