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This review is from: The Asylum (Kindle Edition)
A wonderful read populated with an assortment of mad men and women, loners, plotters, secret-hiders and manipulators. And those are just the characters outside of the asylum. Jan Hauger starts his new job at the nursery side of St Patricia's Hospital aka St Psychos as a nursery teacher. The kids love him and he seems very fond of them, but like most of the adult characters in the book he carries a dark secret. A sally port is used to relay the children of the nursery back and forth underground from nursery to asylum where they spend time with their parents who are inmates. The asylum is secured with cameras, alarms and security guards who prevent the inmates escaping, but our protagonist is desperate to get in, not out. Descriptions of the dark corridors and underground rooms of the asylum are surreal and malevolvent. The characters Jan meets all have their own agendas to help or inhibit him and no-one is quite what they seem.
As the story unfolds, we by turns feel sorrow, horror and empathy for Jan. His terrible past crime is almost justified and as past and present collide, another terrible deed looks set to take place. It's not a case of all's well that ends well either as the reader is taken on dark and dangerous journey into the mind of a madman and his devoted side-kick.
Definitely a book I recommend for a thrilling read and I will certainly be looking for more by this author.