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Asylum by Madeleine Roux – Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger

Asylum-book coverIt is said that children pay for their parents’ actions and therefore no one is able to escape their past. Daniel Crawford and his newly made friends, Abby and Jordan, learn this the hard way as they are faced with their family’s darkest secrets at New Hampshire College Prep, a college which once used to be an asylum for the criminally and mentally insane. It is no coincidence how and where they meet. As terrifying secrets of their dark family past refuse to stay buried, the author creates a story which borders the fine line between genius and insanity.

I appreciated how Madeleine Roux, author of Asylum, made the characters easy to relate to. They were all outcasts from their school and hoped to seek a better future with people more like themselves at a college prep school. The constant struggles of teenagers and the desire for social acceptance has been such a large problem for as long as I can remember and Roux brilliantly captures the struggles and the actions one might take to overcome them. From homosexuality to transformation of image, Roux captures the greatest fears of teenagers in such situations and uses them to develop the perfect horror story.

Not only was Roux able to use the most realistic fears of teenagers to create a twisted, thrilling and horrific story but she also increased her fear factor by including several sinister photographs throughout the book. I would flip each page excited to see whether there was or wasn’t an eerie photograph waiting to be seen. The photographs were so realistic that I swear I could feel myself being drawn closer to the images hoping that the book would devour me right into the pages.

Sanctum - book cover

Asylum is just the first book of the Asylum series. There are two more sinister stories created by Madeleine Roux: Sanctum and Catacomb

And, if you like books such as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children then I would advise you to pick up Asylum at the Halifax Public Libraries.

For more information about the author and/or her books visit the official portal to Madeleine Roux.


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