Series: Asylum #1
For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.
As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.
Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.
The characters, Dan, Abby and Jordan I thought were handled well. Were they people I'd care if they lived or died? Not really but their primary personalities were established and you couldn't mistaken them for anyone else.
I really found I enjoyed the research that went into the asylum. Roux had a way of exploring the macabre practices used in sanitariums. Some of the most horrific tortures in the last century were performed there and she wasn't shy about exploring them. It wasn't gory, but almost educational.
The pacing was a bit stuttered. Sometimes I couldn't stop reading while there were moments where I had to force myself to pick it back up. I think it was Dan's constant denial to what was going on. Sometimes characters would force certain opinions to drive the story in a direction that felt uncoordinated.
When it came to predictability I'll admit, the author threw a few red herrings my way and it wasn't until near the end that I could guess the true culprit. The main thing I want to highlight is that I doubted myself a few times and that's a great twist in Roux's writing.
I thought it ended well. It wasn't the dreaded cliffhanger but left with a single, nagging question of "what if...?"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MADELEINE ROUX received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly after, she began the experimental fiction blog Allison Hewitt Is Trapped. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped quickly spread throughout the blogosphere, bringing a unique serial fiction experience to readers.
Born in Minnesota, she now lives and works in Louisiana.
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