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The Asylum de John Harwood
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The Asylum (original: 2013; edição: 2014)

de John Harwood (Autor)

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Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor, Maynard Straker, tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before, then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: "Your patient must be an imposter." Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary. Who is the woman in her uncle's house? And what has become of her two most precious possessions, a dragonfly pin left to her by her mother and a writing case containing her journal, the only record of those missing weeks? Georgina's perilous quest to free herself takes us from a cliffside cottage on the Isle of Wight to the secret passages of Tregannon House and into a web of hidden family ties on which her survival depends.… (mais)
Membro:Trudy.Boan
Título:The Asylum
Autores:John Harwood (Autor)
Informação:Mariner Books (2014), Edition: Reprint, 272 pages
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The Asylum de John Harwood (2013)

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    HollyMS: Both are historical gothic fiction set in Victorian asylums.
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I love gothic type novels especially those that take place in large, scary buildings.
I started this book and really wanted to know how it ended, but I could not bring myself to finish the book. I liked the main character and the patient/doctor that she makes friends with, but the writing style could not hold my interest. ( )
  pjburnswriter | Aug 7, 2020 |
This is a great novel, and well worth the read. It’s atmospheric, gothic, has this twisty mystery going on with some red herrings thrown in, and even if you think you know exactly what’s going on in the novel, you may probably be wrong. (I was close, but.......). Either way, I was captivated, and didn’t want to stop listening until the very end.
The audiobook is narrated by Rosalyn Landor who was absolutely perfect for this novel, and this time period. She was brilliant.
4 solid stars, and recommended. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
4.25 stars review to come

Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor, Maynard Straker, tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before, then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: “Your patient must be an imposter.”

This being the second book I have read by the author I can say I was not let down, I already have picked up another book to read [b:The Ghost Writer|123031|The Ghost Writer|John Harwood|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1442351970l/123031._SY75_.jpg|1332325].

This book remained faster paced than The Seance but it still somehow stuck a little less with me, I also found the story line at times hard to follow mostly because they flowed so easily between each other, which is a nice reason for them to be hard to follow. Again the author gives us good strong characters and foundations for them, making us like/hate/ feel unsure about characters and gives us a slight mystery and very much explosive moment before the end tapers into a very classic Gothic style story where you feel happy with the end (( think Stonehearst Asylum, Bronte etc. ))

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  basilsbooks | Dec 30, 2019 |
Really interesting book. I did the audiobook version and the author rendered a complex story well. The overall impression was a gothic wonder. ( )
  slmr4242 | Oct 16, 2019 |
A young woman wakes up in a lunatic asylum. Pretty much all she can remember is that her name is Georgina Ferrars - only everyone else is convinced she's Lucy Ashton. Who is she, and why is she there, since apparently she arrived and admitted herself as a voluntary patient of her own free will?

This book is a gothic novel in the Victorian mode, complete with deceptions, an old house in a desolate location, wicked relatives (and others), mistaken identities (obviously), two elopements, at least two wills (extra points to Harwood for a legal point he makes about the validity of wills on marriage), and mysterious instructions to a solicitor.

From a 21st century perspective, it all seems a bit overblown - there are definitely simpler ways to solve problems than those adopted by the characters in this novel. However, that's not really the point. This is Victorian gothic, and if you don't have mistaken identity, mysterious origins, inconvenient wills, and a heroine in Grave Peril, you are simply not trying hard enough.

Additionally, I think the book suffered in part because a major reason for Georgina's problems is her isolation - she's on her own with her problem, trying to establish her identity and not knowing whom she can trust. But relationships between characters in a book often provide an extra dimension beyond plot and storytelling skill, and that just wasn't available here.

All in all, however, this was a solid four stars for me - and it kept me reading until I finished it in one sitting (thank goodness for e-Readers with a frontlight). Harwood keeps the suspense going, and manages to give the subtly horrifying feeling of a hall of mirrors: how is Georgina to tell the difference between reality and deception, when she doesn't know which is which, and each seems to bleed into the other?

I felt the ending happened a little too neatly and and a little too suddenly, but it was a really good ride while it lasted.

Other reviewers have remarked on the cliche of a mad doctor in charge of an insane asylum - I don't think he was mad. You don't have to be mad to do that kind of thing - you just have to believe that your goal is more important than other people's lives.

This book reminded me a lot of the film Single White Female. ( )
  T_K_Elliott | Mar 12, 2017 |
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Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor, Maynard Straker, tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before, then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: "Your patient must be an imposter." Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary. Who is the woman in her uncle's house? And what has become of her two most precious possessions, a dragonfly pin left to her by her mother and a writing case containing her journal, the only record of those missing weeks? Georgina's perilous quest to free herself takes us from a cliffside cottage on the Isle of Wight to the secret passages of Tregannon House and into a web of hidden family ties on which her survival depends.

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