Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Asylum (Asylum #1) by Madeleine Roux

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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 feel like Madeleine Roux nailed the art of subtle creepiness in a horror book. I'm not going to lie here. I had to read this book with the lights on because this book was so descriptive that I felt like I was there in the asylum with Dan, Abby, and Jordan. i thought that it was cleverly done and there were times when I wasn't sure if I actually knew what was going on. I'm sure that that was the author's intention in order to put the reader in the mind of the characters  who are suffering through the creepiness that is the asylum. 
I think that the problem with the book for me was that there was too much focus on the teenage drama . I would have liked for the book to focus more so on the stories/pictures and old patients of the asylum. The mystery of what was happening was what pulled me into the story. I didn't care about the dating drama or one character being jealous that one of the others had friends besides them. 

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