The Asylum

The Asylum

Book - 2013
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A brilliant new Gothic thriller from the acclaimed author of The Ghost Writer and The Seance

Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor, Maynard Straker, tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before, then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: "Your patient mustbe an imposter."

Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary. Who is the woman in her uncle's house? And what has become of her two most precious possessions, a dragonfly pin left to her by her mother and a writing case containing her journal, the only record of those missing weeks? Georgina's perilous quest to free herself takes us from a cliffside cottage on the Isle of Wight to the secret passages of Tregannon House and into a web of hidden family ties on which her survival depends.

Another delicious read from the author praised by Ruth Rendell as having "a gift for creating suspense, apparently effortlessly, as if it belongs in the nature of fiction."
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780544003477
Characteristics: 257 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 17, 2014

It is very nice to see the gothic mystery come back and this is one of the best. A young woman wakes up in a mad house with no memory of who she is or why she is there. Soon her identity comes back but she is told that it is false. Another young lady is living in her house and this is confirmed by her uncle. One of them is an impostor and only by unearthing the past in a series of letters for clues will the truth come out.

Dec 25, 2013

Victorian Gothic enlivened with lesbian desire and ECT.

Dec 08, 2013

Well said!

KateHillier Sep 17, 2013

Honestly, kind of disappointing. Everyone was insane in their own right, would shouldn't be surprising considering the title of the book, but I felt insane for continuing. Once a few facts were lined up I was waiting for it to blow me away, and then the ending was just lame in comparison to these dark things that had been alluded to. The writing itself was decent though.

Aug 19, 2013

“A delicious read,” is how the jacket describes it, along with a few kind words from Ruth Rendell. A plucky heroine, evil tricksters, ruined virgins, gothic convoluted intrigue, the Hollywood-ready climactic ending: All standard issue for the genre. Thank goodness, the author spares us the kind of faux-Victorian language we see so much of in this sort of fiction. The female characters are written pretty much close to the form; none are especially compelling as they hyperventilate in letters, diary, and live action.
The melancholic Mordaunts, a family of men who seem to have reproduced without any help from women, wore me out by the end as they simpered around in various stages of mental decompensation. This is my first, and probably last, book by this author.


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