I am dedicating April’s Book of the Month to my friend and fellow blogger Debbie Stansil. Her new book just came out. The Asylum Tour is a hauntingly entertaining book about, you guessed it, a haunted asylum. I love scary stories! This is more than just a good ghost story though. There is an underlining social justice/injustice tone which really drew me in and made me feel very connected with some of the characters.
So what’s this book about?
The book starts us off in the prologue at Riley Asylum in 1953. It’s a brief but alluring description of what starts this fascinating ghost story. One of the main characters is Jeanie, who is a reporter at The Daily Chronicle newspaper. She also happens to have a personal connection to the Asylum. You’ll have to read it to find out how.
Anyway, the gist is a mysterious billionaire has bought the old abandoned asylum and turned it into a tourist attraction. Only thing is, it’s opening on Halloween night and it’s by invitation only. How this person decides who gets an invite is a story within itself. Jeannie does a lot of digging and finds the very sinister reason behind this tour and that the people invited are in serious danger.
The Asylum Tour is more than just a bunch of people walking through a scary old building for a few scares. Unbeknownst to them they’ve been hand picked to die, but why? You’ll have to read it to find out.
What’s my take on the book?
The Asylum Tour is definitely a book I would have on my shelf. I really enjoyed it but not just because it’s a scary ghost story. I love how Deborah changes between the characters by labeling each section with the name and date. I thought that was an interesting touch and made the story very easy to read. I also love the humanity behind the history of some of the characters all while showing the inhumanity of many others.
There is definitely some evil characters in this book but what I love is how the good characters are written. They are honest, filled with self-doubt and scared but they stay true to themselves. You don’t see much of that in the world anymore and I can’t remember the last time I saw a ghost story with flawed but truly good characters at the front of it.
Why I think you should read this book:
The Asylum Tour gives you, the reader, a good ghost story to follow that is really riveting in my opinion. It also gives you really good characters to fall in love with and a few good characters to absolutely loathe. When I first started reading this book I thought of the movie, House on Haunted Hill.
I don’t know if anyone is familiar with it but there is the original version and then there is the 90’s version. The 1959 version starred one of the best horror movie actors, Vincent Price.
But as I read the book further, I realized the original story to it. While Deborah brings to light the barbaric treatment of the mentally ill back in the 50’s, it’s the personal stories that I was drawn to the most. I really felt for two of the characters at Riley Asylum.
So give this book a look and see if this is the kind of story you would read over and over again. Download your Kindle copy today! Amazon Kindle
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