Publish Date: March 25, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: June Foster’s summer is limping along. Her life on a 1950′s farm in eastern Washington is boring–full of milking cows, picking apricots and tending to the chicken coops. Her only friends are her record player and her books. But when gorgeous, turquoise-eyed Frank falls into her world, her life becomes anything but ordinary.
June falls for Frank hard and fast–he’s beautiful, impossibly strong, and capable of things ordinary humans are not. But she’s wary about his father Jonas, a creepy man with an agenda. She should be. Suddenly June is deathly ill, falling in and out of consciousness. When she recovers, June and Frank discover Jonas’s deadly plans for her–and June takes revenge.
Convicted of murder, declared insane and sentenced to life at Washington Pines Sanitarium, June is stuck. Jonas’s plans are reaching her beyond the grave, and she suspects that there’s a lot more going on in the sanitarium than group therapy and electric shocks. Something evil has followed her here, or maybe it was waiting for her all along. If Frank doesn’t break her out soon, she’ll lose her mind–and her life.
Review: In the 1950s, while Elvis and Buddy Holly are burning up the charts, June Foster finds herself in Washington Pines Sanitarium. She sentenced by the judge to spend the rest of her life there after being found not guilty by reason of insanity for committing a murder. She’s making some new friends, such as her roommate Clem, but Washington Pines isn’t all nice therapists and meds. Then we go back to the beginning of June’s troubles. As we travel with June toward the inevitable and beyond, things aren’t always as they seem…
‘Asylum’ pulls you in fast and deep within the first chapter. It’s amazing how believable June’s situation is and it makes you wonder “what if?”. June’s mother and her new boyfriend’s father are involved in the use of experimental drugs on children. Watching June put all the pieces together I can totally understand why she snapped. I liked June and Cal, her mom’s boyfriend (who cared for June more than her own mother), and I also really liked Clem and some of the other girls in the sanitarium. ‘Asylum’ does end in a cliffhanger, but thankfully there’s an excerpt of the next book to whet your appetite. ‘Asylum’ is a tricky thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat!
The Asylum Saga: Asylum (1), Descent (2)