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Waiting on Wednesday: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Expected Release Date: August 20, 2013

Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

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.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux’s teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

(summary via Goodreads)

Okay, so I actually briefly went to college with Roux.  It’s sort of bizarre to recognize an author’s name as someone you knew when you were 18, but there it is.  At any rate, the novel doesn’t even begin to try to pretend that this is a great choice for fans of Miss Peregine, because it’s mentioned in the first sentence of the novel’s summary.  That being said, the photos in Rigg’s disappointing novel were the best part for this reader, so I can’t wait to see how Roux utilizes the same sort of narrative trick.

This looks like it could be a fun, creepy novel to finish off the summer with.  I’m eager to see how it all pans out.

What are you waiting on this week?


4 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

  1. Love New England settings. Love this cover. Sounds like it would be a good read-along with Cat Winters’ IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS. Thanks for the rec!

  2. I, too, found the photos the best part of “Miss Peregrine’s Home…” – it’s why I bought the book, before I had heard anything else about it. I flipped through the book and stopped at a random page with one of the strange found photos, and thought – well, that’s different. I love the idea of using found photos and other artwork as prompts for a story – I just don’t think the story was successful.

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