Asylum by Madeleine Roux Review

BookReviewsAsylum by Madeleine Roux

August: 2013


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.


It has been a dreary, rainy night and it seemed like the perfect time to indulge in Asylum.

I really enjoyed this book. The premise was creepy, really, asylums–what is not creepy about them? Knowing all of the horrendous things that used to occur to “help” those that were mentally sick…eek. Scary stuff.

The characters were cute and like-able. Initially what intrigued me to read Asylum was the similarities to Miss Peregrine. Having read Asylum, I think the story was strong enough to stand alone without the photos. I really didn’t feel as though the photos contributed to the story. Sure, they were neat, but some were so clearly doctored that the novelty was lost.

I really enjoyed this. I finished it in one sitting. Roux has perfected the art of a fast paced and engrossing YA read. I am a horror buff, so I do wish there was more “fear” stemming from the story. But, for a YA read, it is terrific and thoroughly met my expectations.

I think I will be reading this again closer to Halloween. 🙂

About Maison Moonchild

A Canadian gal that firmly believes words can change the world. An avid reader, writer and Halloween enthusiast. She has a special interest in communications and writes for pleasure and profession. She moonlights as a metaphysical maven with a knack for creating magical crystal jewelry and holiday accessories.
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