Asylum by Madeleine Roux
"No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness."
Asylum is presented as a great creepy thriller, with exhilarating twists and turns and a cast of characters like no other. Well, it isn't. The story is merely eery and creepy, but it never gets really scary. The characters are bland specially Dan. The whole book is packed with one too many mysteries and in my opinion was a little all over the place.
Asylum is narrated through the eyes of our boring Dan, an orphaned young boy whose foster parents sent him to a boarding school for the summer. This boarding school used to be the grounds for a mental asylum, where strange experiments were done to the patients resulting in the asylum to shut down after the police discovered the warden's doings.
During his stay at the boarding school, Dan makes two friends Jordan and Abby. Soon they start discovering secret passages that lead to old wings of the asylum, weird photographs with scratched off eyes and worst of all Dan starts getting mysterious flashbacks and notes of things he never did.
My main problem were the characters. I feel it is very important for a story to have a clear and well though out interesting people that drive the story. Although the idea might be great the execution will never be as expected if the cast of characters and their internal monologues are bland. The characters are flat with no growth whatsoever. The romance that is merely incorporated into the story is not needed and out of the blue.
The one thing I did like was how Dan gets flashbacks of the warden. However, as good as those moments are we never get an explanation of why this happens. We never get an explanation of how and why the killer is who he is. We never understand the most interesting parts of the story which makes me angry.
The idea could have been executed better. All in all the book is forgettable and I am not sure I wish to continue the series, but as I have an OCD where I hate leaving unfinished series I might try to.
--- 2 stars ---