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"Three teens at a summer program for gifted students uncover shocking secets in the sanatorium-turned-dorm where they're staying--secrets that link them all to the asylum's dark past"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062220967
Characteristics: 313 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Nov 29, 2020

Sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford attends the New Hampshire College Prep Program. When he arrives, he finds that the regular housing is closed and they are forced to stay at Brookline Dorm which used to be a psychiatric hospital. He meets his new roommate Felix and new friends Abby and Jordan. Dan, Abby, and Jordan begin to explore Brookline Dorm and unearth disturbing secrets and photographs. The three begin to act strangely. When someone is murdered in the dorm, everyone becomes a suspect.

The author used photos to illustrate the book that did a great job of adding background to the story. It has a good storyline but the story was slow at times and I had a hard time following the story. I was left confused by the ending and it didn't seem to have as satisfying a conclusion as I would have hoped.

Oct 04, 2020

Dan Crawford is spending 6 weeks during the summer between his junior and senior years in high school involved in the New Hampshire College Prep Program in history and science. The regular dormitories on campus are being renovated, so the students are staying at Brookline, which is the former psychiatric asylum on campus. Right after Dan arrives, he meets his strange roommate, Felix along with Abby and Jordan who he spends time with. Felix tells Dan of strange pictures he found in the other wing of Brookline and practically dares Dan to go and look. Dan, Jordan, and Abby find the strange pictures along with lots of other documentation left there from when the hospital was still open. Not only are the pictures horrific, but the documentation describes horrible experiments performed on the patients. Abby is drawn to the picture of a girl who has apparently had a lobotomy. After leaving, all three begin to act strangely, and when one of the dorm monitors is murdered, they begin to suspect one another.

Asylum is a creepy book filled with found photographs from actual insane asylums that are very scary. The author did a good job of incorporating those photographs as part of the background in the story. Although the book is light on character development, the unique story is enough to keep the reader interested. Overall, a creepy tone in a scary story, ending with a bit of a cliffhanger leading into the next book in the series.

Kristin Gianna Iorio Apr 23, 2018

I couldn’t get past 30 pages of this one. I hated it so much.

Mar 19, 2018

This book was compelling. The dark theme throughout the book was not too overwhelming or overdone, as the characters and other elements added a lighter side at times. As the author herself stated, the readers can "sketch in their own fears and phobias in a way that you as a writer can't anticipate", basically saying that she puts forth the foundation for fear, which the reader enhances due to their own experience. This combination of adventure, thriller, horror, and mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat, with cliffhangers and twists every chapter. The use of images is a good way to guide the reader to imagine the setting based on one aspect of the place. I was, however, left slightly unsatisfied at the ending; it seemed a bit abrupt and the big reveal did not feel as exciting and horrifying as the reader could have hoped. Over all, though, this was a great read!

Feb 18, 2018
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OPL_KrisC Feb 03, 2018

Asylum is pretty dang creepy and has a lot of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. I loved the pictures included throughout of actual asylums. Since reading Asylum, I have finished the rest of the series and loved all of it. Madeleine Roux is definitely a young adult author that I will always read.

Nov 28, 2017

Asylum was a decent book. the story itself was somewhat interesting. as much as i loved the characters, i felt no connection between myself and the characters. the story lacks detail. the author did not describe the characters, or the environment efficiently. personally, I did not enjoy this book. the book took too long to get to the climax, it didn't get interesting until it was nearly over. of course, there were a few exciting moments to provoke curiosity, but it was barely enough to keep me reading. a good read for a younger audience, but not a challenging or interesting enough book for me.

Sep 18, 2017

This book started off good! It was a super easy read and it did not waste anytime getting "into it". Every other page of this book features images that go along with what you are reading on the contrasting page which was pretty cool and creepy. However, the ending was a bit of a disappointment. But I don't regret reading it!

Jan 08, 2017

Loved it!

Dec 14, 2016

This book brings into play a perfect combination of the elements of mystery and suspense. Dan and his newly encountered allies Abby and Jordan must stay in an asylum turned dorm in their summer college prep. The setting a slight cliche, I must admit. This book is quite the psychological thriller, dizzying in a most fantastic way. This book will have you questioning the sanity of the main character and everyone around him. The story becomes more and more complex as it goes on making it difficult to predict the ending. However, the plot twist ending bringing everything into focus. This is phenomenal I would definitely recommend. 5/5 stars. @BookLover889 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It is a great psychological horror for young adults that really plays with the mind and the psychology behind it. The story follows a young adult as he "test drives" a college. He stays in a building that was once an asylum, that was last run by a man with his very same name... This book manages to teach you a bit, and keeps you guessing until the end. I would highly recommend this for horror fans, particularly ones that like American Horror Story and Hannibal. @PerpetuallySleeping of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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OPL_KrisC Apr 06, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Mar 08, 2017

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green_hornet_122 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Jul 10, 2016

This creepy, but enjoyable, book is about 16 year old Daniel Crawford. It is set at a summer college prep program in New Hampshire. The normal summer housing is closed, so the students are staying at the old Brookline Dorm. This dorm is not like any ordinary dorm, as it used to be an asylum. When Dan and his friends start explore the forbidden basement, they discover secrets from the asylum's dark past that the town wishes to forget about. They reveal connections linking Dan and others to the activities that went on there years ago. From disappearing emails, to the attacks that continue to happen, Dan and his friends must get to the bottom of what twisted things really happened below the psychiatric hospital. Full of photos from asylums, you will be pulled into this gripping novel.

green_hornet_122 Aug 02, 2015

Dan Crawford is thrilled to be attending the summer program for gifted students at New Hampshire College, but once he finds out that he's been housed in a dorm that was formerly an asylum, called Brookline, for the criminally insane. Dan seeks to solve the mysteries of Brooline. Dan soon finds out about mysterious ties he has with the asylum. Dan becomes friends with Abby, a girl with her own mysterious ties to Brookline, Jordan a guy with his own odd quirks, and together the three investigate things that clearly should be left alone, including the forbidden areas of the building, to which Dan can't stop going to.

Jul 09, 2015

Dan Crawford goes to New Hampshire College for the summer in order to do college prep, but gets much more than he bargained for when student dorms are relocated to the town's old asylum, where Dan finds has ties to his shrouded past. Together with his new friends Abby and Jordan, Dan seeks to unravel the mysteries of the asylum, before it drives him insane.


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Jul 10, 2016

Once you get in, there's no getting out.

green_hornet_122 Aug 02, 2015

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


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Nov 03, 2013

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing.

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