Sanctum by Madeleine Roux is a horror story for teenagers


Sanctum (Asylum)


Overview: In this chilling, fast-paced sequel to the New York Timesbestselling Asylum, which Publishers Weekly called “a strong YA debut that reveals the enduring impact of buried trauma on a place,” three teens must return to the asylum that still haunts their dreams to end the nightmare once and for all. With the page-turning suspense and horror that made Asylum such a standout, and featuring found photographs from real vintage carnivals, Sanctum is a mind-bending reading experience that’s 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, many questions remain, and 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 a surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the truth behind Dan’s connection to the asylum’s evil warden is more terrifying than Dan ever imagined.

My Ideation: Sanctum is the second book in the Asylum series.  It was very intriguing from beginning to the end.  The trio, Dan, Abby, and Jordan, are still trying to solve the mystery behind Brookline Asylum.  This story beings about hallucinations, murder, and terror.  Dan sees apparitions that are trying to guide him down the right path.  He and his friends are sent back to Brookline in order to find out information about The Warden.  They go hunting in and find a lot of vital information.  Their hunting is quickly ended when a group of hooded people come out and try to stop them.  The trio cannot help but wonder what these people are trying to stop them from finding out.

About the Author: Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum, which has sold into nine countries around the world and which Publisher’s Weekly called “a strong YA debut.” Sanctum is the second installment in the series about Dan, Abby, and Jordan.  Madeleiene  is also the author of Alison Hewitt is Trapped and Sadie Walker is Stranded.  A graduate of the Beloit College MFA program, Madeleine now lives in Southern California.

Summation: 5/5