Review - Asylum

Title: Asylum
Author: Madeleine Roux
Series: Asylum
Book #: 1
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: August 20th 2013

My Rating:

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.

My Thoughts

After reading 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' I got this book as a recomendation because appearantly it fits under the same subject, or theme.

At first this book was quite exciting, with all the suspense and mystery surrounding Dan and the Asylum, but after a while, most specifically towards the end, it got a bit disconnected. Something was missing from this book, a little explanation on why Dan and the others could be 'possessed' by the people that used to live in the Asylum, should have been considered in order to keep the integrity of the book, in my opinion. Asides from the 'they were related' to eachother there was no explanation on why this could happen.

It was almost like 'Asylum' went from a suspense book to a paranormal with no warning what so ever.

Don't get fooled though, I rated it 3 stars for a reason. 'Asylum' is not a bad book, it was quite interesting still and the photos that were connected to the plot gave it a little kick, making it even more mysteryous and creepy. The characters were nice, and there was the ability to connect to the main character Dan, since he was a bit of an outcast.

All in all, I am still looking forward to read the next book on this series, mostly to see if there is a little more insight on how and why the situations in the first book came to be.

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