Asylum: a dark suspense saga

Asylum: a dark suspense saga

by Kathryn Orzech


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989226127
Publisher: DreamWatch Press
Publication date: 07/10/2017
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Author Kathryn Orzech is a seasoned world traveler writing mystery, suspense, and thrillers set in "New England and other exotic locations," with female protagonists who confront heart-pounding situations, flirt with romance, and brush with the supernatural. An avid film fan and self-proclaimed news nerd, interests include history and geopolitics, society and culture, psychology and science, and parapsychology, leaving few subjects off her literary table.

Working on a new novel in her Connecticut home often begins or ends before dawn, and when she's not writing, she's likely viewing movies or binge-watching a favorite TV drama on the DVR. Criminal Minds, Downton Abbey, Madam Secretary, NCIS, and The Americans come to mind, though the list is long.

Table of Contents

Asylum, a dark suspense saga by Kathryn Orzech

  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapters One through Thirty-Seven
  • Discussion Topics & Questions
  • About the Author & additional works

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Asylum: A Dark Suspense Saga 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
PGoetjen More than 1 year ago
Fabulous Read! ASYLUM by Kathryn Orzech is a beautifully woven mystery with well-developed characters and twists and turns right up to the last chapter. A real page turner, it’s fast paced and pulls you into the story very quickly. Ms. Orzech, a clever storyteller, utilizes the technique of unfolding the story along two separate timelines. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ASYLUM and look forward to her next book!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite Asylum is an absorbing dark suspense by Kathryn Orzech. In 1899, twelve-year-old Margaret Rosa Delito is committed to an asylum after witnessing a shameful incident that changes her life forever. She secretly writes about sinister activities at the institution that include missing inmates, while living in hope that her father will rescue her. Seventy-five years later, Rosa dies before telling her granddaughter, Laura, a haunting secret. While grieving and puzzled by an old newspaper clipping in her grandmother’s possession, Laura meets an elderly woman who knew Rosa from the asylum and receives an antique key from her to unlock Rosa’s mysterious secret. She attempts to research Rosa’s past while contemplating her own insecure future. This quest proves difficult since persons close to her suddenly become untrustworthy, especially after she inherits most of Rosa’s assets, where the secret remains hidden. Kathryn Orzech has created a fascinating mystery that grabs you with its unique plot. Asylum is a poignant dark story that reverts to 1899, describing Rosa’s past in one chapter, then current events associated with Laura in another. It is interesting and the touching drama of Rosa’s past could make a short story by itself. It also gives an insightful account of previous asylum conditions. There is a lot of suspense that begins in the first chapter and continues to the conclusion. I like the smooth continuity of the author’s writing as she switched from one relevant era to the other, and her mixed characters. Asylum by Kathryn Orzech is worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband brought "Asylum" home for me as a gift. He thought I might like it. I can't say I couldn't put it down; I had stuff to do so I had to put it down, but all the time I was cleaning the kitchen and  polishing furniture, I was thinking about Maggie and what she was going through. I couldn't stop wondering what kinds of things Laura was going to discover about her family's secret past. I just couldn't stop thinking about it and couldn't wait to get back to it. And yes, I wept more than a few times. Awesome book. I’ve already recommended it to my mother, an avid reader, and have recommended it to other friends who enjoy good authors. Looking forward to seeing (and reading) more from this author. 
Evie_T More than 1 year ago
A great read from a very talented story-teller! This tale weaves a mysterious thread between a grandmother in her youth and her grand daughter, Laura. Laura is a young woman on the brink of discovering who she is and who she wants to be by retracing the mysterious events that forever shaped the legacy of her family name. The story captivates the reader within the first few pages, adds twists and turns, throws in a tough of romance, stirs in some action and suspense... and gives you... Asylum!
RhondaL More than 1 year ago
Scandals and secrets from 1899 send shockwaves through time until they erupt in 1974. The grand dame CEO of a family-owned Connecticut costume jewelry company dies and leaves her property to her grand-daughter Laura. Already a businesswoman, Laura’s mourning is also distracted by haunting nightmares while she works to make sense of what's happening with the company, on the rocks as it comes into her hands. Could there be a traitor from within her family business? And who was the elderly woman who showed up at the funeral with a mysterious gift from the past? A pageturner! The Maggie story takes place in a time when no one meddled in "family matters," plus, if enough money changed hands and power hovered, then what was done was done. I think it's interesting that Laura's story is told during the days of the ERA and those powerful days of the women's movement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Asylum is the ultimate page turner.  Authored by Kathryn, a fairly new author, it captures your interest, compassion for the characters, and holds you in suspense to the very end.  There are several mysteries intertwined which come together seamlessly.  You will be taken from the 1890's to the 1970's and back and forth, each time you can't wait to return to the characters in each time era.  I strongly recommend Asylum by Kathryn Orzech, you won't be sorry.
RobertaD More than 1 year ago
Kathryn Orzech presents as a storyteller of old in her dark family saga, Asylum. Just as the cover displays a young girl walking by lantern light, one could imagine sitting in a damp room, by lantern light, listening to the suspenseful tale of Maggie Delito, circa 1899 and her granddaughter, Laura Delito, circa 1974. On page one we learn about the aging Maggie Delito. "She lived a deliberate life centered on one purpose--to erase the memories of her dark days." Erase she does until her death when Laura finds an antique key that unlocks the secrets and mystery that spanned 75 years. Little does Laura know that the darkness that followed her grandmother is lurking in her own shadows. Asylum is a page turner, well written, filled with intriguing twists and leaving you wanting to hear more from this author.
DABALE More than 1 year ago
Margaret Rosa Delito reigns supreme over Delito, Inc, a family jewelry business that has spanned generations. But lately the company has hemorrhaged cash at an alarming rate to the point where the business is facing collapse. Before Margaret can discover the culprit or bring her beloved granddaughter in on the crisis, tragedy strikes. Laura Delito feels like the proverbial fifth wheel when it comes to the family business. After her father died when she was young and her mother remarried, Laura became the de facto heir apparent to a multimillion dollar business and family estate. But until her grandmother's death, no one in the company took her or her designs seriously, neither her stepfather nor her boyfriend who together wield tight control in order to maintain their secret. With the company's future on the line, Laura is left little time to grieve - especially after a strange, elderly woman shows up at her grandmother's funeral with the hint of a story and an ancient key holding a secret message. But what the key opens no one knows - except one who will stop at nothing to ensure she never finds out. Wonderful little mystery here, and I found it to be the perfect length at approximately 279 pages. We open with the 1970's, what I will refer to here as the present day, and follow along with the events of the initial stages of the mysterious secret and into Laura's induction as owner and CEO of Delito, Inc. As the story gets underway and we follow Laura's efforts to figure out what happened in the past and how that affects what is unfolding in her present, we are then whisked back to 1899 when young Maggie Delito's life takes sudden and tragic turns. Throughout the story we move back and forth between the present and the past quite seamlessly, with proper delineation between Laura and Maggie's lives (and POV) so that it never feels jarring. You sense Laura's struggle as she goes from a rather menial employee to controlling every aspect of an empire, making the tough decisions as she attempts to cement her position in both her own mind and the mind of the global staff. You feel her frustration as she fights those who attempt to undermine her tenuous hold on the company as she seeks to unravel the problems and cut a new path. You want all to be made right in young Maggie's childhood past when she is unjustly locked away because of something she was not supposed to witness, which places her in a position to witness even further devastation as she tries to unravel the mysteries of her new home. The story is like multiple mysteries all wrapped up into one, and it was interesting to see how they all ended up tying together. And yes, I'm purposely being vague here so as not to spoil any of said mysteries. Good POV usage, as I mentioned before. Showing is handled well, which keeps the reader moving along in both time periods as the mysteries unfold into solving the ultimate mystery. Most of our main characters were fully fleshed out. However, there were some murky motivations scattered throughout the story that left me feeling a bit muddled, probably part of the attempts at throwing in some red herrings (though the bad guys are easy to spot right away). Some of Laura's supposed friends and people who were supposed to care about her did some pretty pathetic things to mess with her and were not held accountable, nor were their reasons for their actions enough to hold merit. The whole ex-boyfriend thing seemed quite unnecessary and some actions were never explained or resolved. The will reading was one of those that left me wondering why. Again, I'm really trying not to give anything away. Read the book to figure out what I'm trying to say and not say. :-) I also thought it strange that young Maggie in the flashbacks, being a twelve-year-old from a well-known and highly respected family, acted a little too young in some ways, never questioning or trying to escape or even correct the false name when confronted with it. At times, I had to remind myself that she was supposed to be twelve and not six. The fact that she developed friends there who obviously knew she was there unnecessarily and yet never questioned or tried to help her in any way just kept me feeling unsettled. But then we'd never have had the fullness of the mystery, I suppose - or the tragedy that marked the remainder of Maggie's years. Overall, I enjoyed reading and discovering the truth surrounding the mysteries in Asylum and recommend it with four and a half stars.