I’ve been wanting to get a review up for this book since I finished reading it but things just got a little crazy so here it is. I was really excited to have my hands on this book, I had read Asylum a while back and just hadn’t been able to get the sequel right away. I loved the first book, the pictures and just the over all plot. You can check out my review of Asylum if you haven’t already read it.
So I knew that I was going to like this, I was intrigued to see what was going to happen next with our three besties and man this didn’t disappoint. I do have the third book in the series but I just haven’t been able to read it yet. Until then we can enjoy all the reasons why I loved this book! Let’s dive in!
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.Goodreads Description
This book didn’t waste any time in getting things going right away. From the first picture that Dan receives all the way to the end it was fast paced and intense. Things with the first book were pretty heavy, the revelations were really good there but the sequel really expands on Brookline and all the players involved. It went deeper and showed just how bad it really was.
I loved how interconnected things were within the town itself. There was so many new things that were learned in this book that also helped things from the first one make more sense. The revelations were well placed and they made sense.
“Am I the only one getting a god-awful Dolores Umbridge vibe off of her?”Madeleine Roux – Sanctum
Our three friends have a different dynamic in this book, which I think made so much sense considering just what they went through in the first book and then to be separated for the length of time between the first book and the second. They aren’t still the perfect three friends. There is trauma between them and sometimes that doesn’t bring people together. I thought that made things all the more interesting.
I think that they had a strong connection and I spent a lot of the book hoping that things ended with them being friends again. It was fun worrying a little though, it made everything matter so much more. I think that their relationship is so wonderful so anything that happens to them is great to read for me.
“Wow, did Tim Burton binge on Laffy Taffy and vomit all over this place or what?” Jordan whispered.”Madeleine Roux – Sanctum
Dan is one of my favorite characters because he pushes for answers. I think his unwillingness to give up on figuring out the big mystery even at the possible expense of his friendship says a lot about him. That could be a negative to some but I found it wonderful to read.
He seemed to struggle with keeping a hold of what was real and what wasn’t while also trying to not disappoint his friends. He wanted to know what was happened, get answers for everything and I think his focus on that caused tension between them. It was interesting to see what they do with that and where it all leads in the end.
“You can’t do over what’s already been done, but you sure can undo it. Not easy, but you can undo it.”Madeleine Roux – Sanctum
I enjoyed the added characters, and the way the story was laid out. The pictures were the right left of creepy. There are some really great elements that add to the atmosphere of the overall story. I really liked the way the book ended and I think that it did a great job setting up for the next book.
This is a book that I could read again and once I’m done with the third book I will likely want to read it all over again. I think it’s such a fun book to read and if you like these kinds of ‘found footage’ type books than you’ll enjoy this one.