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16-year-old Dan Crawford was ready for the perfect summer at a College Prep program. Two exciting months of as many history classes as he wanted (even better: no grades!) in a beautiful New England town. Never mind the little detail that his dorm room is in a former nuthouse…

You all see where this is going, don’t you?

Dan quickly befriends Abby, an energetic girl with a passion for art; and Jordan, a math genius using the program as an escape from his judgmental parents. The three of them find themselves venturing into the abandoned asylum in the basement… and their discoveries are the workings of a nightmare. Throw in some mysterious deaths and amnesia spells, and you won’t be able to put this one down.

If you are looking for something to send your heart racing around Halloween, this is it. It starts out as a fairly cliche horror story but goes from Scooby Doo to Supernatural faster than you can say “what was that sound.”

There is no overusing the Major Plot Twist. Let’s face it: there are too many scary stories that make 90 degree changes based on squat. There are plenty of OH MY GOSH I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING moments here, but they aren’t based on one sentence in the first chapter. See what I’m saying?

Asylum sent my heart racing and my paranoia skyrocketing. The “creepy adventures at school” trend you see in thrillers isn’t tacky, it’s classic. I loved it!

If you liked Asylum, you might also enjoy…
Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
Variant by Robison Wells

PS- Asylum leaves you with a cliffhanger. It isn’t a smack-your-head-on-the-desk type, but it’s a cliffhanger nevertheless. No news on if there will be a sequel.