Asylum by Madeleine RouxAsylum by Madeleine Roux


byMadeleine Roux

Paperback | August 26, 2014

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Madeleine Roux's New York Times bestselling Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-illustrated novel that Publishers Weekly called "a strong YA debut that reveals the enduring impact of buried trauma on a place." Featuring found photographs from real asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Asylum is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity, perfect for fans of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds 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 Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Don't miss Madeleine Roux's all-new gothic horror novel, House of Furies.

Madeleine Roux is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofAsylum, which has sold into nine countries around the world, and its sequel,Sanctum, whichSLJcalled "seriously spooky."Catacombis the third installment in the series about Dan, Abby, and Jordan. Madeleine is also the author ofAllison Hewitt Is TrappedandSadie Walker Is Stranded. A...
Title:AsylumFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:August 26, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062220977

ISBN - 13:9780062220974


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stick with it! It does start off slow but once it gets its stride it is very well done! I did enjoy it a lot. Bought the whole series after. Also a very easy read.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book!! The book was great. It was full of suspense and kept me turning the pages.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it Got into this series because I was looking for something similar to Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. Was a little unsure as I begun reading it because I felt it to be a little young for me (I'm 18) but then got hooked on the story line and couldn't put it down. The series gets better as it goes on.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I was not an avid reader but after getting back into reading, this book hooked me. I loved the suspense and it was thrilling to read. I couldn't wait to finish this series and read the novellas. I couldn't get enough of this series!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read! I ended up reading this book in one day due to it's easy to follow story line! The book kept me hooked with it's suspense and plot twist!!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Madeleine Roux's books are addicting and spine tingling, I can never put them down!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspensful Was very suspenseful and wasn't as scary as I would have thought.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Tame Horror Creeped me out but wasn't too scary
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it! I really liked this book. Entertaining from cover to cover. I'd recommend it.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Start After a lonnnnnnng Book Hiatus After years of not picking up a book because of the struggles of school and work, I decided to finally buy some new books and get into reading again. This was the perfect choice for my first book. It wasn't too complicated or confusing to follow along and very unique with including all those pictures. Plot twists were expected though in the very beginning which was a little disappointing but still enjoyed it either way.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite books I love this series, great book, not too scary and not too dark but enough to interest the reader.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It A wonderful story line that is riveting and suspenseful. Intense scenes and well thought out characters. It is a dark and mysterious read. I highly recommend this author.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Worth the Hype So many of my friends and reviews were raving about how creepy and great this book was, so I gave in and bought a copy....It was not even remotely worth the money. The concept and background was creepy, but it was so poorly written. The author spent most of the book writing about how great Montreal was; "look at this historical building", "look at the beautiful landscape", etc. I agree, Montreal is a gorgeous place but those descriptions didn't make you feel a part of the city, more like a tourist bragging about how they went or lived somewhere and you didn't. While creepy, especially since it was based on true event, the author did nothing to build tension. I give it 2 stars only because of the history behind the book and the creepy concept
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh It isn't the most thrilling book to read, I won't be continuing the series.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good read! I love horror books and this one was not bad! It was easy to read and quite interesting
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good. The book started out a bit slow; mostly succeeded with the creepy factor. The characters were okay. I loved the plot. Creepy asylum turned into a college dorm (although my immediate reaction is that was a crazy bad idea! But it makes for a fantastic storyline for insane things to occur... No pun intended) and all the creepy foreshadowing leading up to whatever was connecting Dan and his friends to the place. I just felt like overall there was something missing. I'm not entirely sure if it was the writing or the character depth but as a whole it was a pretty good story.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poorly Done YA What a terrible book! This is an insult to YA, to professional writers, and the industry in general. I don't understand why HarperCollins published this. I hate that I bought the entire series and now have to finish it because I couldn't stand this novel at all. It felt like a fanfic written by a small town teenager who was bullied by the 'cool kids' for being a nerd and this was a self-insert where the smart and nerdy character meets other like-minded teens at a place meant just for smart people like them and everyone is accepting and please stop. I hate abandoning books so I just had to rush through this one and get it over with, but there are two more in the series and from what I was presented with here I don't believe it'll get much better. There was promise in the kindles of the idea. I like the concept of interweaving historical photos with a story but everything was so poorly done, from the writing and the plot with the characters in between. It felt terribly organized and the pacing was absolutely terrible! It went into horror real fast <spoiler> with Joe's murder </spoiler> and that was a bad plunge. I should've gotten that sort of feel from the very start with this novel but instead I got 'creepy' and was slammed in the face with a general aura that didn't fit well with everything that came before it. I was expecting a psychological horror and it didn't even deliver on that. Not enough foreshadowing to make sense of Dan's condition being related, but more so there were so many moments that were predictable - and not in the good way where the author gives you the hints and you get to piece it all together satisfactorily. The characters were terribly unbelievable - every single one of them. Not only were they poorly developed ("we're nerds and everyone here understand us and we're all geniuses and this is our place to shine"), but the dialogue was atrocious! Nobody speaks like that - not the adults, and definitely not the teens (really, officers wouldn't act like that). There were so many scenes and lines that didn't need to be added, it was just boring and awkward interactions between the main three that were so painful to experience. It's as if the author was a socially awkward kid that would imagine conversations with similar people who'd of course have the perfect responses and are so understanding and they'd get along swimmingly. Another reviewer mentioned that these kids bonded far too quickly and blew up too soon and that is absolutely right. They barely knew each other and acted far too open with each other so soon (like Jordan opening up with his feelings on occasion), and that romance happened way too quickly and unnaturally (also, their first kiss was ridiculous - that just wouldn't happen). The characters were terribly one-sided, too. Look at Jordan playing with his 20-sided dice and being so good in math, isn't he such a nerd? Look at nerdy Abby with her art and her fashion sense. Look at history nerd Dan wanting extra credit so badly. Aren't they the perfect nerds? The author was absolutely terrible job at fleshing out the characters - great job at stereotyping, though. Let's not forget that OOC moment for Abby when she bawls her eyes out at Joe when she tries not to get in trouble. With how her character was built, she should've been making fun of girls like that not stupidly using what a stereotypical woman would to get her way. And again, they all got irrationally mad at each other and blew up far too often (we still didn't get an explanation for the scene in Jordan's room, did we?). Yes, even teenagers don't act that fiery - especially not with friends they bond with on the first day. The three friends were also pretty isolated, too. There weren't any conflicts worth talking about that happened around them except for the asylum. In a school full of teenagers, everything went great and the only things that affected them were directly related to them already (either conflict between them or conflict related to the asylum). Did saying it twice make it any more believable? Oh, and it doesn't make sense for Felix to go from spindly to muscular in the short period of time that passed. There is a complete lack of disconnect from the real world and the author's perception here. The entire situation was unbelievable, too. So there's this school-but-not-a-school where smart people can enrol in classes that aren't graded as sort of a college prep situation but the characters aren't finished with high school yet and somehow everyone there is a genius in one subject/field and can be taught by professionals for just a few weeks...for no real purpose. Like a nerd summer camp - but for all the nerds - and everyone is pretty cool with each other. Oh, and there is conveniently an asylum turned into a dormitory that exists where nothing has actually been moved from there or taken for collections. It's not torn down because of its historical significance? Well there aren't any preservation methods in place at all. You can't have something needing preservation being placed in a situation where just anyone can fool around - and just anyone did. There would not be a college on the grounds of a place with historical significance; nobody would do that! Not without wanting to tear the place down. Can't tear it down? They'd be building elsewhere. Everything was just so convenient and not well thought out at all. I don't even think I want to get into the plot and how unorganized it was. Even if I were to suspend my disbelief with the characters and the setting, I still would not have enjoyed this book at all. Dan's condition, the group's adventures, the history of the asylum, and actions from the outside were poorly interwoven. Dan also kept thinking up things - clues and 'coincidences' - that would not have come to him organically and would not have been made by the reader; the author had to make him think it so that something could be explained and it should've been something hinted towards then realized instead. I'll say it again: I can't believe this book was published. It should have been worked and reworked over and over again before submission. As it is now, it simply doesn't cut it. YA can be hit or miss when it comes to quality so I don't want anyone to think this reflects the genre in its entirety. If you want creepy YA, try elsewhere. If you want a good read, try elsewhere. The only people who will enjoy something like this simply don't understand that they're being cheated out of better experiences - better books. So keep looking and you'll see that you can find more enjoyment out of well-written and well-plotted work and not something that hits just enough things you like to grab your interest. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Pageturner I bought this novel in hopes it would offer the same thrills and entertainment as the Miss Peregrine's series. Though the stories are beyond compare, the overall effects were the same: a page turner full of twists and thrills. The story was incredibly entertaining and impossible to walk away from without picking up the second instalment.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this booked i really enjoyed the pictures
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Way too much advertising I had heard such great things about this book and was super excited to read it since I love a good creepy asylum story. I was very disappointed.... I really really wanted to love this book and it did have some very good moments. The main plot backbone about the orphans was great, but everything fell apart from there. There was so much advertising for Montreal that it ended up being exceptionally awkward with the author having to mention multiple times how great Montreal is and the exact location and how much the character loves living there. A location can be used to set a scene, but it was less about the scene and more about the name of a place and how much it's loved. Don't tell me facts, describe it to me and make me feel like I'm there enjoying it with the character. The author came across a great plot, and it was so unbelievably disappointing that the writing didn't make it as amazing as it could have been.
Date published: 2016-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Weird!! I loved this series (Asylum, Sanctum, Catacomb)!! I loved everything about it!! I have been into a lot of books lately that have the super weird, kind of creep factor to them and I don't know if that makes me have a twisted mind, or an interesting mind, but either way, I don't care because I loved everything about these books.!
Date published: 2015-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totes Creepy and Amaze-ballzzzz!!!!! This book was so creepy! I knew when I bought Asylum and its sequel, Sanctum, I was going to love them. Dat plot-twist tho! I didn't see any of it coming. Is book is filled with the most creepiest things ever. Daniel Crawford expects to have fun on his summer prep program for gifted students seminar, put trouble lurks around ever corner and behind every closed door. The usual dorm is unavailable for the summer due to recent renovations. So Dan and his friends have to stay in the old, crumbling former psychiatric hospital Brookline. While exploring his room, Dan finds an old photograph of a man with his eyes scratched out. His roommate informs him of an abandoned office on the first floor that used to be the warden's. It's been off limits ever since the hospital shut down decades ago. Felix tells Dan that he has been exploring down there recently and found several different photos like the one Dan found. Dan's curiosity gets the best of him and eventually leads he and his friends, Jordan and Abby, down into the office. Dan and his friends uncover very shocking secrets of what went on back when the psychiatric hospital was up and running. Secrets that connect Dan to the warden and his experiments. A serial killer named "The Sculptor" was once a patient at the asylum and could still be out there. Soon after leaving the office, Dan sees things that aren't there, has visions through the warden's eyes, and starts to lose pieces of his memory. Asylum was a very satisfying horror story for me. It gave me goosebumps. Do not read it at night! But give it a chance anyway!
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very good book Creepy in all the right parts though at times it can be a little "house on haunted hill". In the end it was probably more predictable than I thought it was, but if you just sit back and enjoy the story it can definitely suck you in!
Date published: 2015-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Edge Of Your Seat Read I cannot begin to express just how much I loved reading this book. I wasn't even halfway through it and I had already purchased the second book in this series. This is truly a creepy read as it blends young adults, an old and abandoned asylum with portions of it turned into dorm rooms, vintage pictures and of course an eerily paranormal factor. Edge of your seat, spine tingling read that pulls you in right from the very beginning and overwhelms your senses with a strong storyline, well developed characters and the world building was fantastic. I can't wait to start reading the second book as I must say that I was completely impressed by the author's skill at storytelling and the goosebumps I got while reading this book.
Date published: 2015-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanted Book Nook Review My Review: Dan Crawford is a 16 year old boy is attending the New Hampshire College Prep summer program. Although for Dan, it’s a little more than just that. At his high school, Dan is an outcast, and he’s hoping that this summer, being in a brand new place, will allow for him to make friends before he starts college. However, when he arrives on campus, Dan learns that the dorms he is being housed in all summer used to be an old asylum. A last resort for the criminally insane, a place where bad things happened. As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan explore the hidden parts of the dorms, they will soon discover that it’s no coincidence all 3 of them ended up there, for the asylum holds a key to a very terrifying past. WOW! I loved this book! I had a very hard time putting it down! For me, it was a total page turner, and I just had to see what was coming next. I live maybe 30 miles from the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, and have always let my mind wonder about the place. So this definitely up my alley. It has ghosts, mystery, a touch of romance, and old hidden secrets. This is one of the best books to set up for a spooky feeling or a great read for Halloween. The book moved at a great pace, not too fast nor too slow. There was just enough air of mystery to keep me turning the pages, and enough romance, that it didn’t overpower the rest of the story. Of course, I loved the photos throughout the book, if anything, there could of been more (again I’m just drawn to that stuff because of TALA). I think I finished this within a week, and went of over the weekend and got the 2nd book. I’m very excited to see where these characters are now, how they have changed (if any) from their time spent at Brookline, and what other terrors await them. I only had one problem with the book: How exactly did Jordan fit into the secrets of Brookline? The way the jacket read, Abby, Dan, and Jordan were tied in someway by the asylum, but unless I overlooked this, there was no explanation. With that being said, the book took a turn I never saw coming, and it ended in a way I would have ever expected. I just wished the book would’ve talked a little bit more with the aftermath of Felix, and and dug a little deeper into Dan’s family history. But, hopefully the next book will fill in a little bit of those gaps. Now, there are a lot of negative reviews for this book out there. Which is totally cool, everyone is entitled to their opinions. However, a lot of them state this book is great for fans of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which some readers feel it is not. I have to agree, I’ve read the book, but actually didn’t care for it, so maybe that’s where the problem comes from. The only similarity is the old pictures. But regardless if you are a fan of Miss Peregrine or not, this shouldn’t be compared, the only way to decide is to read! Positive Elements: Despite some of Dan’s “issues” he makes quick friends with both Abby and Jordan. Dan has had a pretty tough life, but he loves the family who adopted him and he wouldn’t trade them for the world. Negative Elements: There are swear words throughout this book. Of course, Dan, Abby, and Jordan sneaking into the old office. Jordan did some underage drinking for a page or so, because he got upset with Dan and Abby. Naked girls and boys are mentioned as being in Abby’s drawing class. Spiritual Elements: Ghosts are brought up a lot, with being in an old asylum and all. God’s name is misused several times, and Jordan mentioned praying to many gods. Dan suspects a pastor of a heinous crime. Other Thoughts: Let’s not forget the fact that the author references Doctor Who! I was so pleased with this book, and I can’t wait to being reading the second!
Date published: 2015-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An ok read I didn't hate this book, yet I did not love it either. I loved the altered photos, the cover, the chapter pages, all beautiful. I found the story to be incredibly simple, but that not a bad thing. This is not meant to be the next great piece of literature, its meant to entertain and scare and take you away. those are where my issues came in. I found the setting wonderfully done, the building captured in words perfectly. However there were some areas that felt forced, like those passages were forced around a photo rather then finding the right photo to fit the passage. I also had difficulty connecting with the characters. I think the story just needed to be more fleshed out, a little more fully realized. Really just longer. but still a good way to spend a couple hours.
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An ok read I didn't hate this book, yet I did not love it either. I loved the altered photos, the cover, the chapter pages, all beautiful. I found the story to be incredibly simple, but that not a bad thing. This is not meant to be the next great piece of literature, its meant to entertain and scare and take you away. those are where my issues came in. I found the setting wonderfully done, the building captured in words perfectly. However there were some areas that felt forced, like those passages were forced around a photo rather then finding the right photo to fit the passage. I also had difficulty connecting with the characters. I think the story just needed to be more fleshed out, a little more fully realized. Really just longer. but still a good way to spend a couple hours.
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked this book. This book was different from other book series I've read. I enjoyed the mystery! Gonna read the second book!
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very creepy Loved this book but I think I'll probably be sleeping with the lights on for a while. Hope there's another one coming to finish the story.
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Asylum by Madeline Roux Could not think of a better book, page Turner, I think a movie out of this story would be terrifying. Love love the pictures makes everything seem much real. Great job to the team, editors and you Mrs Roux for such a great read.
Date published: 2014-02-14
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 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Quick read, well written.
Date published: 2013-12-30
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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“I started reading this one at my desk in broad daylight and still got goose bumps.” -- Glamour