Kiersten and her friends love ghost hunting; their idea of a good time is rooting around haunted houses. Tonight was supposed to be no different. Kiersten is hoping the night’s spooky antics will take her mind off her troubles. This time they’re exploring Creighton Asylum, but tonight it’s not ghosts who threaten them.
Kiersten and her friends must try and survive as a very real killer chases them through the halls of the locked asylum. He knows every inch of the building by heart, and he has some nasty surprises in store for them.
Can Kiersten and her friends survive a night in the Asylum?
Asylum is basically every teen horror movie in novella form. If you’ve seen a few of those movies, there’s nothing new here, and it’s so short (99 pages) that there wasn’t time to flesh out the characters before they started dying off. I’ve seen a dozen horror movies just like it and I’ll see a dozen more.
Fortunately, I like this type of story. It’s not important to care about the characters. That’s not why I watch — or read — these horror stories. It’s the action, finding out who’s going to die and how, and who, if anyone, is going to make it out alive.
I was a little disappointed that there was virtually no focus on the ghost-hunting aspect of the trip, since that’s the type of read I was looking for when I first discovered this book. I love watching ghost-hunting shows, especially the ones set in abandoned mental hospitals. But of course it would be ridiculous to concentrate on hunting for ghosts when your friends are being killed off one-by-one, so I do understand why it’s not important.
If you like horror movies the way I do, this is a worthwhile read. If not, you probably won’t like Asylum.