Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

Asylum by Jeannette de Beauvoir

If you haven’t realized already, I like to read a lot of dark thrillers. With a title like this one, you know I wouldn’t be able to resist.

Martine LeDuc works as the publicity director for the city of Montréal. Part of her job is to ensure that the city is seen as a charming and safe place for tourists to come. Which is definitely not the impression being made what with the current string of murders happening. The mayor sends Martine as the liaison between his office and the police department so that she can keep him abreast of the developments in the case. But doon, Martine finds herself getting more caught up in the case. She teams up with Detective Fletcher, a young man who has yet to have a break through case, and they go about assembling the pieces to find out what connects the murders to each other – and how to prevent another one from happening.

So there are aspects of this novel that I liked and there were aspects that I simply hated. I really liked how there were random journal entries that were written; I love when books incorporate flash backs! I also loved how this book was based off of real events. History is important to me and its use in fiction is something I admire very much. I really did not like the way the author wrote the novel. At times, it felt like she was trying too hard to make the character alive by including aspects of her life I really couldn’t care about. Sometimes it felt like things were just haphazardly added in as a last minute thought in order to tie things together. Sometimes the main character got too emotional and rambled. Although the story line was interesting and the solving of the crime was fun, I didn’t enjoy this book. I honestly just read it because I wanted to find out who the killer was and why he/she was killing those women. I wouldn’t recommend this book to someone unless they had nothing to read and wanted to kill time.

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