Book Review: Asylum


Title: Asylum

Author: Madeleine Roux

Genre/s: Horror, Mystery, Fiction

Pages: 310

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


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 expected a lot of creepy haunted asylum shenanigans, however, most of the book is spent on establishing a strained relationship between the characters instead of progressing with the main focus of the book. This book wasn’t horrible. The premise was interesting enough, and curiosity kept me going.

I feel like the romance between Dan and Abby takes over the book and doesn’t leave enough room for the thriller aspects. The romance is done in a nice way; it just wasn’t what I was expecting the majority of this book to focus on. It finally starts to feel scary about halfway through when Dan goes down into the lower level of the Asylum by himself, but it doesn’t last long.

I’m still curious about a few things regarding this book, and I MIGHT read the second book, hoping it would be better than the first book BUT I really loved the cover because it was “creepy/scary”.

Rating: 3/5


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