Rating: 5/5 Stars
Sometimes the past is better off buried.
Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they are apparently being followed.. And Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.
As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate—a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister connection with a notorious killer from the past. Now, Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.
In this finale to the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, found photographs help tell the story of three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity.
Oh what a fun horror story! Yes, I said fun. Somehow the author has a way of making it creepy and yet such fun to read. Much better than wanting to go hide under the covers with the lights on type of horror. I was so excited to hear that this series was getting another book, that I just had to go and buy it the next day! It picks up perfectly where the last one left off. Full of ghost and mysterious texts from the dead, this is the perfect October book to read.
The one thing is that this novel could have been a stand alone, its not really a direct sequel, but it does have some tie ins from the previous two books and the mini novellas. The story was quick to draw you in and you meet characters who aren’t necessarily black or white which is enjoyable. My only complaint was the photos in this one were not necessarily as riveting and inviting like as they were in the previous two novels, Asylum and Sanctum. As well, the flashbacks were a tad bit confusing and never really told much, but I guess that is how the author wanted it to be. And it worked.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to any horror fanatic much like myself. It is not much gore, but has just the right amount of spook and horror that pleased me.
If you want to read more from Madeleine Roux, there are also two novellas, The Scarlet’s, The Bone Artists and The Warden, that she has come up with as a spin-off series to the Asylum series. It tells the point of view of a few friends that Dan, Abby and Jordan ran into throughout the series. They are only available on EBook devices, so be sure to check them out as I know I will be in the close future.
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