Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Book Profile - Sanctum

Madeleine Roux brings the creepy love up a notch in the sequel to Asylum. Dan, Abby and Jordan stay in touch following the horrifying summer program at New Hampshire College but the distance and memories create issues for them maintaining their friendships. Not only do they struggle to stay connected in the real world but the haunting situation they survived is continuing to plague their lives as they attempt to move on.

Dan is particularly effected knowing his family ties to Brookline and the nightmares that found him over the summer never really went away. He decides that going back to where it all started is the only way to finally find the answers he so desperately needs. He convinces Abby and Jordan to join him for a perspective students weekend. With fear in their hearts they set off to find the answers to the questions following them.

It doesn't take long after arriving on campus and meeting their hosts for the weekend to realize that there is even more wrong at New Hampshire College than they had originally believed. They dig through background on the Warden and Brookline itself while following the path they were sent on by Felix trying to figure out the puzzle before they lose their minds and possibly their lives. They discover long covered secrets and someone or something to fear around every corner but are able to receive unexpected help from one they believed to be a threat. I loved this book and like Asylum I couldn't put it down.

From Amazon - In this chilling, fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling Asylum, which Publishers Weekly called "a strong YA debut that reveals the enduring impact of buried trauma on a place," three teens must return to the asylum that still haunts their dreams to end the nightmare once and for all. With the page-turning suspense and horror that made Asylum such a standout, and featuring found photographs from real vintage carnivals, Sanctum is a mind-bending reading experience that's perfect for fans of the smash hit Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they'd love to move on, many questions remain, and someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Forsaking their plan never to go back, the teens return to New Hampshire College under the guise of a weekend for prospective students, and there they realize that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it's here on campus, apparently for the first time in many years.
Sneaking away from sample classes and college parties, Dan and his friends lead a tour of their own—one through the abandoned houses and hidden places of a surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the truth behind Dan's connection to the asylum's evil warden is more terrifying than Dan ever imagined.

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