Martine LeDuc is the director of PR for the mayor’s office in Montreal. When four women are found brutally murdered and shockingly posed on park benches throughout the city over several months, Martine’s boss fears a PR disaster for the still busy tourist season, and Martine is now also tasked with acting as liaison between the mayor and the police department. The women were of varying ages, backgrounds and bodytypes and seemed to have nothing in common. Yet the macabre presentation of their bodies hints at a connection. Martine is paired with a young detective, Julian Fletcher, and together they dig deep into the city’s and the country’s past, only to uncover a dark secret dating back to the 1950s, when orphanages in Montreal and elsewhere were converted to asylums in order to gain more funding. The children were subjected to horrific experiments such as lobotomies, electroshock therapy, and psychotropic medication, and many of them died in the process. The survivors were supposedly compensated for their trauma by the government and the cases seem to have been settled. So who is bearing a grudge now, and why did these four women have to die?
Not until Martine finds herself imprisoned in the terrifying steam tunnels underneath the old asylum does she put the pieces together. And it is almost too late for her…in Jeannette de Beauvoir’s Asylum.
This was a very emotional and heartbreaking read that takes place in Montreal, Canada with some dark and hidden history. Murder, history, harrowing accounts of the past. The parts from the point of view of the child in the asylum are torturous and distressing, this book is not for the faint hearted because of the real history and the fact that children are involved. But this part was the best in my opinion, I am a bit weird, possibly, but the writing was amazing and it pulled me in. I will not be forgetting this book in a while.
There are moments in the present part of the book with French as obviously it is set in Montreal with the translations next to it. I also enjoyed the setting. Not somewhere I have visited and it was nice to read about a different country/setting. I found it to be a quick read, probably because I found it a really good book, as also it keeps you pulled in, gripping. The title is a big giveaway as to the subject of the book and the cover is chilling. This is the first book I have read by this author.
Jeannette de Beauvoir is a novelist, poet, and playwright whose work has appeared in 15 countries and has been translated into 12 languages.
She explores personal and moral questions through different literary genres and is the author, under various pseudonyms, of mystery novels, historical and contemporary fiction, an award-winning book of poetry, and a number of produced plays, as well as teaching workshops and classes in writing.
She grew up in Angers, France, and currently divides her time between Cape Cod and Montréal.
About the Book
- File Size: 1145 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (March 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MSYOCNC