17 April 2013

Asylum; Madeleine Roux

AsylumAsylum by Madeleine Roux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great creep factor!

Dan is a former foster child with no idea of his birth parents or background. He's in a good home now, adopted by nice parents, and this summer he's heading to NHC for a high school/college prep class where he hopes he'll make friends. His roommate, Felix, is ok but not great friend material, but Abby and Jordan? Definitely going to be BFFs. The only problem is that their dorm is a former insane asylum... and we all know what that means. Nightmares. Unexplained happenings. Mysterious messages and photos.

The text is intercut with a lot of photos and copies of the journals, definitely adding to the sense that there's something Not Quite Right. As Dan delves into the history and what happened, we learn along with him. There's a lot that could have been added, but leaving out just enough helped.

ARC provided by publisher.

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