Asylum by Madeleine Roux

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 .

I’d definitely say that I had high expectations with this book given the fact that the title itself already elicited an unusual, chilling feeling from me. I gotta give Roux points for that. Same goes with the cover. It is pretty interesting. It just screamed “thrill/horror”.

“No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.”

The story is about three teenagers who happened to learn that their dormitory was once an Asylum. Okay, that definitely halted me. That seems something I’d encounter in the films. I looked forward on how the author would pull it off given that the plot isn’t something new or unusual.

I find it amusing that the book presented pictures that helped the readers imagine the whole scene and at some point it helped a little to heightened the chilling vibe. There’s something about seeing a picture of an old gurney or circus freaks that makes it like you’re reliving the whole scene.

Everything seemed too fast for me. The characters seems off to me. The friendship is too unrealistic for me. I’d be fine if they are all just friends but instantaneously bffs? I don’t think so. And it seems as if the supporting characters aren’t well presented. I guess I’m looking for more background since they’ve been vital characters as well.

I didn’t find anything special in this book but I guess I enjoyed the first installment since I’ve already finished the second and am looking forward for the third one to see how the story goes. In my opinion, I like how the twists and turns work. It’s baffling. Never saw them coming. It makes you want to scream and hunt Roux down and ask her for answers. It made the story a little bit interesting. I mean, you wouldn’t expect that this certain character has this secret and stuff so it’s really good.

I’d say that the cliffhanger in the end makes up for everything and helped in making the reader wanna know more.