Title: Sanctum (Asylum #2)
Author: Madeline Roux
Publication Date: August 26th 2014
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
“Silence gave the shadows and the darkness power”
In this haunting, fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, three teens must unlock some long-buried secrets from the past before the past comes back to get them first. Featuring found photographs, many from real vintage carnivals, Sanctum is a mind-bending reading experience that blurs the lines between past and present, genius and insanity, perfect for fans of the smash hit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they’d love to move on, someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Forsaking their plan never to go back, the teens return to New Hampshire College under the guise of a weekend for prospective students, and there they realize that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it’s here on campus, apparently for the first time in many years. Sneaking away from sample classes and college parties, Dan and his friends lead a tour of their own—one through the abandoned houses and hidden places of the surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the influence of the asylum runs deeper than Dan ever imagined. – Excerpt from Goodreads.
It wasn’t nearly as good as the first but it was still a decent little ghost story/mystery.
This book picks up a couple months after Asylum. The main characters from the first novel are back together again, after being distant during their time apart. They come together again because they all receive photos with cryptic messages and they decide they need to go back to the school and try to solve the mystery of what is going on.
I read this book right after I read the first one and enjoyed the read. I’ve read a lot of adult horror, and regularly watch horror films, so I feel that I’m not really the right person to say if this is scary or not. I do not scare easy and I didn’t find this to be even creepy, by my standards. I think it does have some parts in it though that were thrilling. Sanctumwas pretty well-paced, it did drag in a coupe of spots but nothing too bad. I loved seeing the characters all back and some new cool ones added. The ending is definitely the highlight of this one for me. I liked that Roux planted some good red herrings for us, and I didn’t completely figure out the ending.
My biggest complaint about this book is actually the photos and carnival story line (probably the first time I’ve ever said that and I hope it’s the last). The carnival was talked about for quite a bit in the beginning and ended up not having much to do with the story at all. Since the carnival story didn’t come into play that much, the photos were kind of useless. To be honest, I almost felt like they were thrown in there because carnival themes are fairly popular. The photos were cool, but half the time I didn’t really see what they had to do with the story, huge disconnect there for me. I would have given the book a higher rating if not for that.
First installment of this series, I gave four stars. This one I gave three – I hope I don’t go any lower by the next installment. I will finish up the trilogy. It’s worth it so far for me.