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Reviewed by Shannon Winings for Readers' Favorite
Secrets are no fun. Secrets are for everyone. Yet, some secrets just shouldn’t be shared. Carmen Garcia, a patient in St. Michael’s Asylum in Maine, has her own secret that just so happens to go by the name of a doctor – specifically, Dr. Micah Worthy. Stolen kisses from the handsome doctor can’t fill her days, however, and she begins to notice strange events throughout the ward. St. Michael’s and its employees are intent on keeping their secrets by any means necessary though, even if it means one of their patients dies. Carmen relies on the strength of Micah as they begin to navigate their options. Will they persevere before one or both of them end up as fish bait?
The Asylum by Aaron Lazar was a gripping, shocking, fast-paced tale taking place behind doors no one wants to open. The setting of an asylum put me on edge in the beginning but I was quickly involved. It was an intriguing combination of romance and suspense mixed with adept writing that made me feel a range of emotions. While the romance did occasionally lighten the mood and visions of dreamy doctors danced through my head, I was firmly rooted in the story and at the mercy of the author. As this is a Carmen Garcia novel and Bittersweet Hollow Book Four, I was worried I would be missing a lot from the first three books. However, I found this book can be read alone. That said, I am now keen to read the others and more from this author.