Author: Madeleine Roux
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Rating: 4 Birds
Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
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 actually picked this book up 8 months ago in the middle of a reading slump that would not go away. Some how it ended up getting pushed aside for all the things I HAD to read, so when I was able to pick it back up and read the rest I was thrilled.
Dan Crawford has had a rough life of foster homes. Now that he has found his "forever family" and is thinking about college, he heads off to New Hampshire College for a summer program. His main goal, is to make some new friends, to you know, just be normal for once. What he isn't expecting is what he finds in the depths of the dorm that he's staying in, because no one told them that the building used to be in insane asylum called Brookline.
Brookine's secrets are as deep and dark as what lies beneath it, and it hits home much too closely as he and his friends begin to unravel it's mysteries. Creepy photos, strange patient records and names that seem to be very familiar all stack the deck against Dan, Abby and Jordan – but none of them will go down with out a fight.
As the book came to an end, my first thought was THANK GOD I have the other books on hand ready to go , because Roux's writing is addicting. My second thought was something along the lines of this:
The creepy photos that are scattered through out the book really add something truly AMAZING to this creepy and twisty tale. If you love a creepy good thriller that will keep you guessing and turning pages, then this is definitely the book for you! Be sure to stop in on Wednesday to see my review for SANCTUM (Asylum #2)!
Also, do you remember this beauty that HarperTeen made back in 2013 to help promote it's release? Creeped me out then, creeps me out now – and I love it!!
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