Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Published by: Harper Audio on August 20th, 2014
Narrator: Michael Goldstrom
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Source: Borrowed from the library
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Review: As I listened to the audiobook of this I found it quite entertaining. There is some books that you listen to at 2x the speed and you don’t retain a single thing but this one is easily retained. This 317 page novel translates into about 7 hours of audio meaning 3.5 hours at 2x the speed which is a pretty decent amount of time to finish a book.
The plot is an interesting concept. I don’t think it was executed the best and could’ve been more suspenseful and more creepy but it kept me entertained. The characters are apparently in the summer before 12th grade making them around 16. They felt 13-14 to me by there actions. And the way the narrator narrated it. He made Dan sound quite childish. Like other reviews, I now realize that these characters did in fact have no development but I think this novel is more plot-driven then character-driven (in my opinion at least).
I have to say I did guess right away who I thought was behind what was happening at Brookline during the college summer camp. But even with that fact I continued forward for that sweet triumphant feeling of guessing correctly.
In summary, I found this novel entertaining (the one word I keep using to describe it) and am currently reading the sequel Sanctum to see how this gets transformed into a series because I find that it could’ve been a good standalone.