Kathryn Orzech

Asylum: a dark suspense saga (Paperback)

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<p><strong>Past and present collide when a family secret endangers a reluctant heiress bent on solving the mystery behind her grandmother's past. A dark thriller with intrigue, danger and unforgettable characters. </strong></p> <p>&quot;A genealogist's dream that weaves the mysterious threads of a tragic past with an emotional present. ... Even as I was doing other things my mind kept going back to the characters. ... I've already recommended <strong>Asylum</strong> to my mother.&quot;</p> <p><strong>In 1899</strong> while her father travels abroad, twelve-year-old Maggie Delito, daughter of the wealthy Northeast industrialist, unwittingly witnesses a shocking scandal. She's dragged from her family's estate and locked in an asylum to ensure her silence. Beneath the noted asylum's polish of respectability, a wicked villainy hides in dank shadows--and Maggie fears she will be its next victim.</p> <p><strong>Seventy five years later, </strong> Laura Delito inherits more than assets when her prestigious family's mysterious past comes knocking. After sacrificing an independent career on the brink of success, she assumes control of Delito's failing jewelry business while daring to expose its ghosts--a strange old woman, cryptic messages, backroom betrayals, and a rare antique key that might unlock the truth. As she pursues clues from the Northeast to North Africa, she fails to see danger looming close to home.</p> <p><strong>A Book Club favorite with Study Guide. </strong> Set in periods of transition with the rise and fall of manufacturing, changing mores and folkways, and struggles for equal rights, <em>Asylum</em> prompts discussion of social and economic issues that remain relevant today.</p> <p>IPNE Book Awards Winner: Mystery Fiction. Readers' Favorite<sup>(R)</sup> 5-Star Review. ALA Book Club Central Pick: Historical Fiction.</p>

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Past and present collide when a family secret endangers a reluctant heiress bent on solving the mystery behind her grandmother's past. A dark thriller with intrigue, danger and unforgettable characters.

"A genealogist's dream that weaves the mysterious threads of a tragic past with an emotional present. ... Even as I was doing other things my mind kept going back to the characters. ... I've already recommended Asylum to my mother."

In 1899 while her father travels abroad, twelve-year-old Maggie Delito, daughter of the wealthy Northeast industrialist, unwittingly witnesses a shocking scandal. She's dragged from her family's estate and locked in an asylum to ensure her silence. Beneath the noted asylum's polish of respectability, a wicked villainy hides in dank shadows--and Maggie fears she will be its next victim.

Seventy five years later, Laura Delito inherits more than assets when her prestigious family's mysterious past comes knocking. After sacrificing an independent career on the brink of success, she assumes control of Delito's failing jewelry business while daring to expose its ghosts--a strange old woman, cryptic messages, backroom betrayals, and a rare antique key that might unlock the truth. As she pursues clues from the Northeast to North Africa, she fails to see danger looming close to home.

A Book Club favorite with Study Guide. Set in periods of transition with the rise and fall of manufacturing, changing mores and folkways, and struggles for equal rights, Asylum prompts discussion of social and economic issues that remain relevant today.

IPNE Book Awards Winner: Mystery Fiction. Readers' Favorite(R) 5-Star Review. ALA Book Club Central Pick: Historical Fiction.

Intrigue, emotion, and adventure with unforgettable characters. IPNE Book Awards Best Mystery. "A gripping thriller that will keep you reading long into the night."

In 1899 while her father travels abroad, twelve-year-old Maggie Delito, daughter of the wealthy Northeast industrialist, unwittingly witnesses a shocking scandal. The next day, she's dragged from her family's estate and locked in an asylum to ensure her silence. Beneath the noted asylum's polish of respectability, a wicked villainy hides in dank shadows--and Maggie fears she will be its next victim.

Seventy-five years later, Laura Delito inherits more than assets when her prestigious family's mysterious past comes knocking. After sacrificing an independent career on the brink of success, she assumes control of Delito's failing jewelry business while daring to expose its ghosts--a strange old woman, cryptic messages, backroom betrayals, and a rare antique key that might unlock the truth. As she pursues clues from the Northeast to North Africa, she fails to see danger looming close to home.

A Book Club favorite with Study Guide. Set in periods of transition with the rise and fall of manufacturing, changing mores and folkways, and struggles for equal rights, Asylum prompts discussion of social and economic issues that remain relevant today.

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Publisher
Dreamwatch Press
Book Format
Paperback
Number of Pages
322
Author
Kathryn Orzech
Title
Asylum: a dark suspense saga
ISBN-13
9780989226127
Publication Date
July, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
0989226123

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When you think dark su...

When you think dark suspense, you might think scary. Yet, I would say for me, it was not so much scary as it was intriguing and suspenseful. Although, when I say this I am referring more to the past involving Maggie. The present was alright but it did not stick with me and I was not as in the moments with the present as much as I was in the past. However, the transfer from the present to the past and visa versa was smooth. Maggie may have been a naïve young girl when she was sent to the asylum but by the end, she was a strong woman. It is scary to think of the abuse that people in power take advantage of the people that they are suppose to help. As I got further into the story, it picked up more speed and got darker with some twists. The location of Connecticut was the perfect backdrop for this story. There are some questions in the back of the book. One of the questions is: Discuss similarities between asylums of the past and today's prisons? Luckily, having never been a guest at either facility, I would have to say that they are similar in the fact that they both house people, who might not ben able to leave of their own accord. I say this because I know that people can willingly admit themselves into an asylum. Unlike a prison where people can't just leave as they desire. Also, they are similar in that there are people in charge who watch over those who are living at these facilities. Yet, when you read this book or think of the past, you probably could think of an asylum as a prison.


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