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Review: Asleep by Krystal Wade

Review: Asleep by Krystal WadeAsleep by Krystal Wade
Published by Blaze Publishing on February 16, 2016
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
Pages: 338

"To cure fear, you must use fear."

Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He’s understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications. Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they’ll never make it out of the facility alive. Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was such a unique read. I can’t recall ever having read a book prior to this one where I doubted the reliability of the narrator from the very beginning. Throwing nearly everything that Rose, the main character, says happened while maintaining her claim of sanity yet being in an asylum made this a gripping read. I just had to know the truth of what was going on.

Rose is such a well-developed character. Watching her spiral into fear and confusion is heartwrenching. It’s believable. The asylum setting is the perfect blend of benign and sinister, lending just enough credibility to Rose’s claims to question their validity. The same can be said of the complex characters that Wade creates. The asylum staff have just the right balance between kind and mean to make you suspicious yet not really believe what might be going on. Phillip is a wonderful character, no matter what you believe him to be, and also being in the asylum, you have to wonder if what he says is real, if you believe he’s real. See, so many layers.

I couldn’t put this book down. This YA psychological thriller, horror book is one of my top reads this year so far. It left me extremely satisfied and eager for both another book like this and another book by Krystal Wade.