a dark suspense saga

Fiction - Suspense
366 Pages
Reviewed on 10/13/2015
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Author Biography

Kathryn Orzech writes mystery, thriller, suspense fiction with a little romance and supernatural intrigue. Online 15 years with global reach to 48 countries and 48 states, her website,, true paranormal experiences of ordinary people, was the inspiration for her psychic thriller Premonition of Terror.

Asylum, a dark suspense saga, follows a granddaughter’s quest to discover her prestigious family’s mysterious past.

A seasoned world traveler, she admits to being a news addict with interests in history and geopolitics, society and culture, science and parapsychology. Kathy is currently writing a contemporary mystery and plans a prequel and sequel to develop a Premonition trilogy.

    Book Review

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.