Book Reivew: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

AsylumTitle: Asylum

Author: Madeleine Roux

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: August 20, 2013

Page Count: 310

~Goodreads Summary~

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 Review~

Of scary books, I’ve read many, but not in years. Not sure what happened, because they used to be all I would read of fiction, but I when I decided to try my hand at writing my first scary book I wanted to dive back in. Asylum is my first scary book read and I’m glad I started with this one. It is definitely creepy, but it takes a bit to really grab you with creepy claws. Of course, I don’t mean that it’s a boring beginning, but that the creepy well… creeps up on you. Haha 🙂

This 5 week summer program not only changes Dan Crawford’s life, but the life of his friends too. Madeleine Roux did an amazing job of incorporating the real-life  pictures in the book into the story. I thought they were just going to be unsettling pictures of insane asylums to hype up the creep factor, but Roux went one step further. There are pictures of letters found in an asylum, where every word in the letter is in the story. It’s amazing! It’s like she went into this place, took all these pictures, and wrote a story as an idea of what might’ve actually happened. Amazing.

I give this book:

5 stars 2

~ Sabrina Giles



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