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Insanity (Asylum #1) by Lauren Hammond

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Asylum Series #1
Lauren Hammond
Fiction, Dark Romance
May 6th 2012

Adelaide Carmichael and Damien Allen couldn’t be more opposite.

Adelaide’s mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her abusive and alcoholic father.

Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him.

Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love.

And they had a plan.

They were going to run away.

Be together forever.

And their plan was set in motion, until tragedy struck and for some reason, Adelaide wound up in The Oakhill Institution for the insane.

Adelaide has no idea what she did to wind up at Oakhill, but she knows one thing for sure...

She wants out.

And after Damien follows her there to aid her in escaping, Adelaide slowly begins putting together the pieces of her memory that are missing.

And it doesn’t take Adelaide long to figure out that sometimes...

That one true love never dies.

Warning:Do not read if you have a weak heart.

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ARIANNA’s Review

4.5 STARS

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Wow…what a mindfuck!! Really! If you are like me and love dark and twisted stories, you don’t want to miss “Insanity”. Well, I guess the title is perfect since the setting of the story is an asylum. Needless to say when I finished this, I questioned my insanity for a minute or two. This story fucked with my head. It was confusing and twisted and I couldn’t put it down.

“…when everyone thinks you’re crazy, no one is going to listen to you.”

The story is set in 1958. We have the present, where, Adelaide (Addy) a 17 years old girl is committed to an insane asylum and we have the past where he find out about Addy’s past. The story starts with Adelaide who’s already a patient in Oak Hil Asylum.

She doesn’t know why she is there, she doesn’t know what she did to be sent in a place like Oak Hil Asylum. She doesn’t remember anything and she doesn’t have an answer for all her questions. She doesn’t think she is crazy, but she’s in an asylum because…maybe she is? We find out that Addy lived only with her father, who is an abusive alcoholic. Addy is a good girl, shy, who doesn’t have friends. She misses her mother who abandoned her when she was 10 years old and living with her father, a cruel man she fears, is a living hell. Also, we find out how she met her boyfriend Damien, how their love grew, how Damien finds out Abby’s father is abusive and wants to save her. They were planning to run, to be happy and free, but something happened and Addy was committed to this asylum where everyone tells her she is crazy.

“…if they kill people at this place, I hope they kill me soon.”

But Damien never forgot Abby, he never gave up, he never forgot his promises

“Addy, you are my sun, my moon, and my stars. You are my heaven, my hel , and my earth. I’d go anywhere with you. I’d follow you anywhere.”

And Damien fallows her in the asylum disguised as a worker. He is desperate to save her, to get her out. But Damien is really Damien? Is he real? What’s the reality? Maybe everything is just a dream?! Maybe…just maybe!

“I love you.”
Those words are no one else’s.
They belong to me.
Forever.
Always.
No matter where he is now. “

She is in love with her boyfriend, Damien, so why she feels this strong attraction for her new doctor, Dr. Watson?

For some reason I didn’t expect it to enjoy this as much as I did, but damn, this was…well, insanity. Half of the time I didn’t know what’s going on! Is Addy insane? What happened with her to be there? At some point I was so confused that I was tempted to skip some pages to know more. I didn’t but I was so tempted.

The fact the story is set in 1958 was very interesting. We all know how patients were treated back then in insanity asylums. Even if I knew already, once again I was shocked. It was sad and terrifying to “see” how people were “treated”, how inhumane were people then, but it was captivating in a strange way to read about it.

Abby’s character is well developed I felt for her with all my heart. But Abby is a strong heroine. She never gave up. She is a smart girl, a survivor, a fighter and she only wants to be free and be happy with her Damien. But what happens when everything you think is real is not so real?

“Al I want is to forget the past ever existed, but there’s a part of me that’s afraid and the other part just wants to move on with my life and focus on getting out of this place.“

There are also some interesting characters in the asylum. I can’t say more, because I don’t want to give anything away about the plot, but I can guarantee in the end you will want to read more about Abby. The story is told from Abby’s POV and the entire time I felt like I was truly listening a 17 years old girl and a patient in a asylum. The twist and turns just blew my mind and left me wanting more. The twist in the end was interesting, but I can’t say I didn’t expect it. However it was a good, solid read for me and I can’t wait to read the second installment.

In the end what can I say? I have so many questions and I need some answers ASAP. Overall, a very captivating, dark and twisted read!

“We’re all fucked up here and fucked people have a way of making people believe things they wouldn’t normally believe.“