Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review - Asylum by Claude Bouchard @ceebee308


The author offers this synopsis:

Managing Director of the Montreal Hospital for the Criminally Insane, Doctor Matthew Russell, has always put his professional responsibilities ahead of all else...

...That is, until he one day realizes he is losing his wife, Cassidy, and his two children, Stuart and Jennifer...

With only his family in mind, Russell takes an adventure-filled, impromptu vacation of indefinite duration, leaving all else behind and stopping at nothing to show how much he cares for his loved ones in an effort to win them back...

...But, will he succeed, or...

Will it prove to be all too late in the end

The main character, Doctor Matthew Russell, is a workaholic. Pushing his family further and further away with each broken promise, Matthew decides something must change and nothing is the ever the same again.
If you love to travel then you will love this book. At every stop along the Russel family vacation is danger. Every member of the family has a near death experience. Luckily, Matthew is there to save his family and keep them safe. Every heroic deed allows Matthew to prove his newly found devotion to his family. It is all wonderful and beautiful and perfect.

It's too perfect and that bugged me. Mostly the children bugged me. If there is any clue that something isn't right. it's the children. If you've been on a road trip with kids you will know that even the most well behaved children have a limit. These children do not. Weird.

You know from the title of the book and from where Matthew works (an insane asylum) that there is a twist to this story and there is. It's not a shocker. It's inevitable. When you get on the crazy train it's rare to jump the tracks, you know where this train is headed.

That being said, I liked it. I had fun searching for clues to confirm my hypothesis. It was a fun read.

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