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Asylum

by Madeleine Roux

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | August 12, 2013 | Hardcover

Asylum is rated 5 out of 5 by 4.

Once you get in, there''s no getting out.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, a summer program for gifted students is the chance of a lifetime. No one else at his high school gets his weird fascinations with history and science, but at the New Hampshire College Prep program, such quirks are all but required.

Dan arrives to find that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline dorm-formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline''s twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum''s dark past. Because it turns out Brookline was no ordinary psych ward. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring haunting found photographs from real asylums, this mind-bending reading experience blurs the lines between past and present, friendship and obsession, genius and insanity.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.38 × 6 × 1.12 in

Published: August 12, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062220969

ISBN - 13: 9780062220967

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I finished this book in one day. I just couldn't put it down! I really hope there is a sequel!!
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected, Yet Wonderful Discovery The setting and atmosphere of this book was amazing ! For the first several chapters I got a beautiful classic beginning to a horror/ thriller book and of course when both the suspense and, for me, the anxiety was building you're saying the whole time; "Don't look at those pictures, Don't look into the asylums past !" It was a great read and I truly recommend this to any lovers out there of creepy books like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real gem! I picked this book up by chance off the stores "recommendation" shelf and was taken back by how engrossing it was! I ended up reading it in just two sittings - and I still couldn't stop thinking about it in between that! I also enjoyed the pictures that accompanied the story, which were both strangely interesting and eerie to glimpse at between chapters. I felt strongly connected to the trio of main characters as if I were a part of their group from the very beginning, so needless to say, it was a definite page-turner for me. I'm happy I discovered this author and now to look forward to checking out some of her other books!
Date published: 2013-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 Straight Jackets! Do you like to be frightened? This book ups the Creep Factor to the nth degree! The photos are enough to keep you awake at night and make your skin crawl! I'm a horror book/movie junkie. I like to be taken to levels of horror that I've never been before. In Asylum, Madeleine Roux takes us to New Hampshire College, where the dorms named Brookline have been converted from an old asylum. That's the first creep factor. Could you imagine living in a dorm that once housed homicidal maniacs? Yup. That's creepy! Add in strange happenings and bone chilling pictures that Roux artfully weaves into the story and you're going to be reading with the lights on and cuddling your Teddy Bear! Without giving away too much of the story, I enjoyed Roux's characters and the relationships that they build. The ending was not without suspense, however I would have liked a little more information as to the motivation of the "suspect". I also felt that the Professor could have added an added element to the story and I thought she could have helped the ending a little bit. I did enjoy this book and would recommend it to readers who like a good horror. The story stands alone, but the pictures definitely help to give it the 4.5 Straight Jacket rating! Happy reading and don't forget your Teddy Bear!
Date published: 2013-08-27

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Asylum

by Madeleine Roux

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.38 × 6 × 1.12 in

Published: August 12, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062220969

ISBN - 13: 9780062220967

From the Publisher

Once you get in, there''s no getting out.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, a summer program for gifted students is the chance of a lifetime. No one else at his high school gets his weird fascinations with history and science, but at the New Hampshire College Prep program, such quirks are all but required.

Dan arrives to find that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline dorm-formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline''s twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum''s dark past. Because it turns out Brookline was no ordinary psych ward. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring haunting found photographs from real asylums, this mind-bending reading experience blurs the lines between past and present, friendship and obsession, genius and insanity.

About the Author

Madeleine Roux was born in Minnesota. She received a BA in creative writing and acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, she completed an honors term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Afterward, she began the experimental fiction blog Allison Hewitt Is Trapped. She is the author of Allison Hewitt Is Trapped, Sadie Walker Is Stranded, and Asylum.

Editorial Reviews

"The plentiful illustrations both advance the story line and immeasurably contribute to the spooky atmosphere. With its abundant jump scares, horror readers and fans of the TV show American Horror Story will delight in the fast-paced plot." (Booklist)
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