Asylum — Madeleine Roux

July 25, 2019

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

TITLE: Asylum (Asylum, #1)
AUTHOR: Madeleine Roux
GENRE: Horror

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.


No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.

I know a lot of people feel that asylum settings in horror are overdone, or insensitive, and I can fully respect that and see where those people are coming from! That said, even as a woman who probably (definitely) would’ve been locked up with the key thrown away if I’d been alive a couple hundred years ago (I say this only half-jokingly ?), I adore a good retired asylum setting in a scary story, so when I found out about this little series, I was pretty excited to check it out!

It was a house for those who could not take care of themselves, for those who heard voices, who had strange thoughts and did strange things. The house was meant to keep them in. Once they came, they never left.

And I have to say, the setting in Asylum really is great. It’s claustrophobic at times, atmospheric as anything, and struck me as the kind of place that I would pay good money to be allowed to explore or even just take a tour through. It seemed like a building that absolutely ought to exist in a million places all over the world, run-down and decrepit and probably terrifying the locals on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the positive things I have to say for this book begin and end there.

It was a fight against the madness, he felt like he was losing. Maybe he already had…

The characters are all solidly awful, and I don’t think I ever had a moment of liking a single one of them. On top of that, I literally predicted the ‘twist’ a few pages into the book, and having guessed it so early on made it difficult to enjoy the rest, because I kept wondering why the hell these teens couldn’t come anywhere near guessing the truth. I was frustrated, disappointed, and altogether unimpressed that I spent my money on this book or its immediate sequel, which I don’t know if I’ll ever even bother picking up.

Buddy read with Kaleena!



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    1. Uuggghhh from the cover I thought it would be a great read… Ah well hope the next is great

    1. Thank you for the review! I’m in the middle of Roux’s House of Furies series, which I’m loving, and though I’m still definitely going to pick up her Asylum series, this is good to know going in.

    1. oof! I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this book more. I personally hadn’t read it, but my sister did and had the same qualms you did about the predictability. Hopefully your next read will be a banger! <3

    1. Great review, Destiny! I’m sorry this one didn’t quite work out for you! I hate it whenever the twists are so predictable we’re able to guess it very early on in the story. It also doesn’t help when the characters are all unlikable! I hope your next read is more enjoyable! <3
      (I do love this quote tho! "No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.")

    1. I’m sorry you didn’t like it :/ I remember picking up a Roux book (it might have been this one lmao) & only reading a little bit of it before putting it right back down.

    1. Eck! Sorry it wasn’t a great read. Or even a good one… My sister has this in her shelf but hasn’t read it yet. The synopsis and cover always interest me but ive never read it either.

    1. What a shame! I, like you, find stories set in asylums fascinating (the episode in season one of Supernatural remans one of the creepiest to this day) so it’s disappointing that this one wasn’t great.

      1. Ooooh, I didn’t know there was a creepy asylum episode in Supernatural! I’ve been meaning to watch that show FOREVER and always forget to start it. You might have just given me the motivation I needed lol!

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