Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux


Title: Asylum (Asylum #1)

Author: Madeleine Roux 

Release Date/Publisher: August 20th 2013 by HarperTeen

Finished: September 12th 2013

Pages: 310-Hardcover-owned


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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.

What I thought:

If you’ve been looking for a creepy read, this is definitely it. And the fact that these students are staying in an old asylum, you just know it’s probably be hard to sleep at night. Then they went and added pictures and just made the book dark and eerie. If you find a copy at the bookstore, go ahead and flip through it, and you’ll know what I mean.

I like hearing about ghosts and watching those shows where they try and find evidence of them, but I always regret it later when I try and fall asleep. Now this book did deal with the possibility that something was happening in that old asylum, but the added psychological effect that it was having on our characters really brought the whole thing together. As I read I kept wondering what was really going on, and although I won’t say anything revealing about the ending, I will say that it was good.

If you’re looking for a great book for Halloween or just to give yourself a good scare, definitely pick this one up!

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2 comments on “Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

  1. Asylums are GREAT places for horror stories … you never know what’s going to happen! I liked the psychological aspect that was brought into this story, too. The pictures were good sometimes, but other times I felt they could be better. Still, this is a very good book for Halloween! 🙂

    • Some of the pictures were edited, but before I found that out it was definitely creepier for sure. I wouldn’t want to go to an old asylum, I’d be too scared lol.

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