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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
If you like gothic stories, then this third novel by John Harwoo
I have not read any books by John Harwood before, but I definitely intend to do so. He knows how to weave a good story and create spell-binding characters. He has the talent to create a creepy mood while you’re reading the book, so read with care so that you don’t miss any of the clues he drops into various scenes. Gothic mystery at its best!
posted by Mirella on October 22, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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With the essentials and a perfect overall Gothic atmosphere that
With all the positives there are negatives that must be shared with the potential reader. Unfortunately, the latter parts of the novel did not match the first and the tension sagged with the introduction of the "twists" in the second part. The utmost potential of the setting seemed to be not fully utilized and became lost with the progression of the story. The anticipation of confronting darker themes were introduced and used briefly but then were overshadowed by a string of confusing out of place scenes. True, the ending does end with the unexpected but the ending also concludes with more questions than answers. The last regrettable observation is the modern belief that updated novels that so carefully try to pay homage to the classics must include a shocking scene or a parade of scandalous scenes and The Asylum plays with those notions (and depending on the reader may enjoy). With the positives barely overbalancing the awkward negatives, I'm sorry to say The Asylum is a tossup to be a must-read or be placed on a list to wait to borrow at the local Library.
posted by -TheLadyinPurple on June 3, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 30, 2013
Posted July 6, 2014
I truly wanted to enjoy this book, but turned the final page wit
I truly wanted to enjoy this book, but turned the final page with a sigh of disappointment. The writing style was wonderful, and the opening narrative allowed for many interesting paths the story could follow. But Part Two introduced decades old letters from a mystery relative with uncanny relevance to the heroine's daily life, which led her rather directly along a path manipulated from the outset by an unseen evildoer. Motivations were forced, plot was convoluted and a final monologue when the mystery is at last revealed left me groaning.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.