Top positive review
Highly original and refreshing
on 1 April 2013
A brilliant story, fairly well written with original collection of characters. The imagination of Amy Cross knows no bounds as some of the chapters are truly, TRULY disturbing, ( I am still thinking about beetles and cockroaches now) none of the characters are likeable but you want to see how they develop.
The novel is written from the first person perspective by all of the main characters, the chapters jump back and forth in time and between characters. The only real gripe I have and a reason for the 4 stars is that it can be hard to follow. Sometimes the chapters repeat with a little bit of development from the previous reading giving the reader an insight into character motivations. It can look contrived at times but overall I found it worked well and all served as a reminder of what had happened previously.
I looked at authors website and I noticed Ms Cross is a big fan of Stephen King. Although there are echoes of his craft I found this to be a really refreshing and original read. Yes, there are problems with spelling and grammar but it has to be remembered that this lady is self published. The are also complaints regarding description and character outline but I think that Asylum is driven by plot and it just allows my imagination to conjure images of these characters. What is more important are the events, how they are perceived by the characters and the feel of the central location. The feeling of loneliness and despair are palpable and although most of the characters are morally lacking in the extreme it is easy to understand why. This leaves the reader to first see this person for their evil deeds, then later to discover the backgrounds.
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable read with an original storyline and absolutely no way of guessing how it ends.