Asylum (Asylum #1) by Madeleine Roux

asylum Published on: August 20th 2013
Genre: Young Adult | Horror

Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

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.



Wow. I like this book, although the only thing that infuriated me were the characters. Dan, the main character, acts and thinks like a 12-year-old teenage girl I couldn’t believe like he’s a freaking guy, Abby and Jordan, I didn’t get their actions sometimes. Also, some of Jordan’s actions weren’t explain really well. It’s like, “oh, the main character needs something to think about so let me mess his mind by using Jordan because reasons”.

The writing was really decent, shocker, I have read many negative reviews about Asylum and they always raved about how middle-grade the writing is.

The story was good and the mystery was really engrossing. Although, I already had an idea of what’s going to happen, there’s just something about the story, I knew I just have to keep on going. The pictures were not that creepy, but they were really interesting. I might read the second book because I enjoyed Asylum however I’m really hoping for some character development in the next book.



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