REVIEW: Asylum by Madeleine Roux


When 16-year old Dan’s summer program for gifted students is moved to the wing of an abandoned psychiatric hospital he and his friends discover the hospital’s dark past and secrets that are somehow connected to their own lives.


If you are a fan of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and its creepy photos you will love this book. Sadly the photographs in this book are only based on real photos that have been taken from old asylums instead of using real ones like Miss Peregrine’s does, but they are still just as haunting and creepy.

Asylum is the first book in a young adult trilogy by Madeleine Roux. I would say that this book is more of a mystery novel than a horror novel. It has its creepy, supernatural moments but they aren’t very frightening and you find yourself more interested in the mystery surrounding the asylum and the characters themselves than the horror element.

It is a good book and a quick read but I wish it had been creepier. I love everything to do with old asylums and old mental health treatments so I was instantly drawn to this book. If it had went into deeper detail about the asylum’s background and had more supernatural scary moments it would have been perfect.

The physical book itself is also a bit strange. I have a paperback copy of it and it feels strange. The pages feel more like newspaper pages instead of regular book pages. The cover also feels softer and more grainy than other paperbacks.


I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.com. It only lost stars because I think it could have been scarier and darker than it was. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series though. The second book in the series sounds interesting.

There needs to be more books about old asylums. If you happen to know any let me know in the comments because I would love to read them, whether they be adult or young adult novels.

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