Asylum by Dana Wright

Asylum by Dana Wright
Ghost Echoes Book 1
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary, Historical
Length: Short Story (71 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

The voices of the past are alive behind the iron gates of Bremore Asylum. Can Rachel and Matt deduce its secrets before it’s too late?

When Rachel agrees to take the job investigating the disappearance of a fellow ghost hunter at Bremore Asylum, she is totally unprepared for the sexy and stubborn psychic debunker Matt Rutledge to be a part of the package. Can these two opposing forces find the answers behind the asylum’s crumbling walls before they become the newest victims to the asylum’s grim history?

The living may forget certain atrocities, but the dead never will.

Rachel was a fascinating protagonist. Her personality was sketched out quickly, yet it provided enough details about who she is as an individual to keep me interested. She appeared to have many more secrets than she was willing to reveal. As this is the first book in a new series, I will be curious to see if she changes her mind about this in the future.

The romantic subplot happened far too quickly. It wasn’t easy for me to understand why the characters involved in it were happy with this new development in their lives due to how their relationship was described in their introduction. I’m not opposed to seeing sparks between two people who strongly dislike one another, but these cases I do prefer to see some pretty strong arguments made for why they would make a good couple. It’s hard for me to imagine being in a relationship with someone that I couldn’t also see as a close friend.

There’s something melancholy about old, abandoned buildings. They’ve seen so many things, not all of which must have been good. This is even more true when the building in question is an asylum where people suffered horrible fates. It’s the kind of setting that grabs my attention immediately, and I was pleased with how much time the author spent describing what it looked like and why it was so haunted.

I’d recommend Asylum: Ghost Echoes Book 1 to anyone who likes spooky ghost stories.

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