What if you didn’t know about your past? How would you feel if you were connected to people involved in an old sanatorium? That’s what Dan Crawford has to realize when he goes to the NHCP program for the summer.
Author: Madeleine Roux
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Age: 13+ (Mild language, some violence)
Dan Crawford can’t wait to spend the summer studying in a college prep program. What he doesn’t expect is to meet two new friends – he’s always been a loner – or find out about his past – he’s adopted.
The New Hampshire College Prep program is using the old Brookline Sanatorium as housing for the students. To impress his new friends, Dan tells them about the unlocked basement. What the three friends find is more than they bargained for – a connection to Brookline. Abby finds out her aunt was a patient; Dan realizes that he’s a splitting image of the warden, who bares the same name.
The mystery revolves around mysterious notes left for Dan, connecting him to the old warden. Dan (with his friends) must find out who’s committing violent acts on the school’s ground.
Bonus! The book is interspersed with pictures from actual asylums. It’s pretty freaky (and cool!)
I love ghost stories. And I love things that take place in old asylums. So, Roux’s novel was an immediate MUST BUY for me. And I was definitely not disappointed. What I enjoyed most about this novel is that it didn’t involve the ghost story from the beginning. In fact, the novel isn’t so much scary as it is suspenseful (until the end, when it was plain scary). Roux’s talent is building the story to its climax and letting the reader try to figure out what’s really going on, along with Dan.
I’d definitely recommend this novel for anyone who likes horror. And for fans of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It’s extremely well written and draws you in.
The one negative about it is that the end wasn’t fully explained to the reader – which I won’t explain because it’d spoil the entire plot! Roux could have added a little more detail to explain what exactly was happening to Dan and his friends, since the story didn’t really revolve around ghosts and the other.
Rating… 9/10 stars! (I really hope there’s a sequel…)