Book Review: Asylum – Madeleine Roux

13597728Asylum (Asylum #1) by Madeleine Roux

Pages: 313
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal
Publisher: HarperTeen, August 2013

Rating: 2/5 stars

Synopsis: 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 was expecting this book to be horrific and suspenseful as the image in the front cover and the synopsis says. More than halfway through the book, near the falling action, the book got a little bit better. A little bit.
The book was not as horrific or suspenseful as the cover or synopsis. For that reason, I give it a two-star rating. I won’t be continuing the series. Don’t read the book.

There are images throughout the book and the one on page 181 of the operating amphitheater has been helpful, but that’s it. The images don’t scare me. My six year old cousin wouldn’t even be scared by them.

The romance was random and unnecessary. Roux inserted it for the sake of having some romance in the book.

All in all, you shouldn’t read this book. Go on GoodReads and look at the reviews for this book if you’d like to see more opinions.


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