I picked up this book randomly a few months ago at The Strand Bookstore, because the cover and title really grabbed my attention.
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.
I’ve been searching for a long time to find something eery and creepy to read just to get out of my usual genre choices and it hasn’t been easy. I’ve read and heard mixed reviews on this book. I saw a friend read it and she said it was amazing so I was really expecting something amazing. Now I’m not trying to be picky or anything but when you give a book a cover like Asylum; I really want to be scared or at least amazed. The one and only reason to why Asylum was bearable was the plot. It was horribly executed but the mystery was somewhat there and interesting enough for me to want to know the resolution, and the potential of this book is great it just wasn’t reached. The writing itself is not terrible, just forgettable. In my opinion, it read more like a middle school book then YA. The book fails as a suspense because the things that occur become very predictable. There is no character development in this book. We don’t really get to know who these characters are or what their purpose is. Everything happens very quickly with no description in between. It felt like Madeleine Roux just threw a bunch of characters together and hoped something amazing would come from it but it felt very generic and cliche. Now I’m not saying don’t read this book. If the synopsis interests you definitely give a try and let me know what you think but I don’t think its a must read. It can definitely wait compared to all the other books that are currently out or being released.
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