Sunday, October 25, 2015

A ghostly read...

"Some people never leave the asylum."

This time of year always puts me in the mood for a good ghost story, and Susan Vaught's Insanity is that and more. It takes place in Never, Kentucky at the Lincoln Psychiatric Hospital, a place built on an ancient ritual ground, a place where haunts and specters roam.
"Lincoln ain't nothing but a giant thin spot between our world and the other side, and places in this hospital get even thinner due to all the sadness it sees. Time can't help moving funny around thin spots."
Enter Levi, Forest, Darius and Trina. These four teens each have a touch of magic running in their veins, and their special abilities are just what Lincoln needs. But can they survive the darkness that's coming for each of them?

This is such a fun read! Insanity has spirits and shades, hell hounds, creepy witch trees, magic spells and charms, suspense and mystery.  I really liked the four teenagers, especially Levi and Forest. They each have their own story and part to play at Lincoln. In a lot of ways, this book reminds me of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes (which is one of my all-time favorite reads). It's dark and eerie and the right amount of scary. All in all, this YA novel turned out to be the perfect ghostly fantasy for October.

Happy Reading!

Similar reads:
     The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
     Silence For the Dead by Simone St. James
     Asylum by Madeleine Roux


  1. It has been So long since I've read Something Wicked This Way Comes! I really like the sound of this book, and I love reading spooky stuff this time of year, too.

    1. What is it about October that makes ghostly stories so appealing? The falling leaves? Or the fact that all the scary movies come out this time of year? I don't know what it is, but I always find myself reaching for something dark and a little scary right about now. :)

  2. Just reading this gives me the cold grues, so I'm not sure about the book :) I'd definitely have to read it on a sunny day.

    1. It's not super scary, but it's also not a book to read late at night when you're home alone; daytime is definitely better! :)