Review; Asylum by Madeleine Roux

I read the YA novel Asylum by Madeleine Roux a little while ago and today I'll post my review of the book.

Description from Goodreads
Madeleine Roux's New York Times bestselling Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-illustrated novel that Publishers Weekly called "a strong YA debut that reveals the enduring impact of buried trauma on a place." Featuring found photographs from real asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Asylum is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity, perfect for fans of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm—formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline's twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum's dark past. Because Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

My Thoughts on the Book
While Asylum isn't without flaws, it's still a creepy read and I enjoyed how the author described the creepier scenes. What I struggled a bit with on the other hand, was that I felt the characters were a bit under-developed and not quite fleshed out, so I couldn't quite connect with them properly.

Perhaps the other books in the series are a bit better, but at the very least, I enjoyed the concept behind Asylum.


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