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Insanity (The Asylum Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

Adelaide Carmichael and Damien Allen couldn't have been more opposite.

Adelaide's mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her abusive and alcoholic father.

Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him.

Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love.

And they had a plan.

They were going to run away together.

To live and love each other freely without restraints.

And their plan was set in motion, until tragedy struck and for some reason, Adelaide wound up in The Oakhill Institution for the insane.

Adelaide has no idea what she did to wind up at Oakhill, but she knows one thing for sure...

She wants out.

And after Damien follows her there to aid her in escaping, Adelaide slowly begins putting together the pieces of her missing memory.

And it doesn't take Adelaide long to figure out that sometimes...

That one true love never dies.

This is a mature New Adult Romance novel, intended for ages 17 and up.


There's a ringing in my ears that I can't shut out. There's a hand on my wrist that doesn't let go. Before exhaustion takes over I look up. Blue eyes is at the end of the bed. He releases my wrist and laces his fingers through mine. I squint as the sedative blurs my vision, begins to decapitate my mind, and then notice the painful look in those blue blue eyes.

On top of the pain in the two blue gems there's familiarity.

Oh God. Oh God. Oh God.

How could I forget him? Him, of all people. The one person in the entire world who holds the key to my heart. The one and only person who has ever really loved me. Then I remind myself that they feed and inject me with so many drugs, that its a miracle I don't forget who I am.

I struggle to sound coherent, “Damien?”

He mouths something.

Six words.

Six words that seem too impossible to be true.

Six words that bleed hope into my soul.

Six words.

“You're not crazy. I love you.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 2192 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Publisher: S.B. Addison Books (May 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008173I62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Addy doesn't believe she belongs in an insane asylum. Her memories of her true love who's followed her there sustain her, but she can't remember what happened to put her in the asylum. She insists she shouldn't be there, but does she?. As she pieces together her forgotten memories with the help of a handsome doctor, we begin to think maybe she truly is insane. Soon, Addy and her true love are sneaking hot trysts in closets, and before long, they come up with a plan to break Addy out of the asylum. Ms. Hammond weaves the past and the present together so seamlessly, bringing the reader to a conclusion that is unexpected and is insanely good!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an unexpected mystery! June 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Sometimes I like going into a book really not knowing what to expect. When I first started this book I had no idea where it would take me but wow, it was a total adventure!

Insanity is about Adelaide. She had a terrible home life with a father who was abusive. She seemed to live on pins and needles waiting for him to snap. She came off as being so frail and broken. It was so sad to see a young girl that broken.

Then Adelaide meets Damien. He is far from the type of boy Adelaide thinks would even pay attention to her. He's beautiful, rich, popular...but for some reason he refuses to let Adelaide go. She isn't sure what to do but, over time, they build a connection she begins to depend on. Damien keeps her afloat and gives her something to look forward to. They sneak out together and even though she knows it's dangerous, Adelaide can't seem to stop.

They make a plan to run away together but when the times comes something terrible happens and Adelaide wakes up in a mental hospital. I had at least 100 theories on what happened. Was Damien a bad guy? Did she kill her father? Did she just snap and run away? What the heck happened?! I ended up being soooo wrong. I would have never guessed what really happened in a million years and that's one of the reasons why I LOVED the book so much. It's rare to find a mystery that really keeps the reader guessing.

Once Adelaide is in the asylum she realizes she truly has no idea what brought her there or if they ever plan to let her go. She can't remember the night with Damien or what could have happened to him afterwards. I won't go into more details than that because I don't want to spoil it but wow, this book really takes a lot of turns!

I truly felt my heart break for Adelaide throughout this story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED this book! June 15, 2012
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I loved the twists and turns this book took me through, and cannot wait for the next one to come out so i find out what happens next.
I've read so many books and after awhile they sort of blend together but this one definitely stands out.
Highly recommend!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this book... August 19, 2012
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I've been struggling with how to write this review for a week now. After some consideration, I've come to the conclusion that I just need to bite the bullet and get it over with.

I really wanted to like this book. Like, really really wanted to like it. It sounded soooooo good. I mean, a girl finds herself in an asylum and has no idea why she's there. Is she crazy? Is she not? Toss in a "forbidden" romance for good measure... Talk about piqued interest. And those six words (which are in the prologue, by the way): "You're not crazy. I love you." Wow. Just wow.

Those six words became my life raft. As I ventured farther into the book and began to realize that it didn't seem to be turning out the way that I'd anticipated, I clung to those six words like my life depended on them. They gave me hope. Hope that if I held on to them tight enough, I would be able to overlook the things that were starting to drag me down. Hope that if I just kept chugging along page by page, things would surely get better any minute now. Maybe carrying the weight of that hope was just too much for six small words.

Maybe it was asking too much for them to bear the weight of a romance that wasn't quite convincing. I loved the idea of Damien and Adelaide: The rich boy next door falls for the girl with the troubled past and is determined to be with her no matter what it takes. Their love is so strong that he would do anything for her, follow her anywhere. Sounds good in theory. Unfortunately, we don't get enough back story to make this actually work. We get to see them meet, but the next thing we know they are already madly "in love". There is no middle ground, no getting to watch them fall. As a reader, I feel like we were robbed of getting to fall in love with their relationship ourselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely Good! May 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A love story set in an insane asylum? It doesn't get more awesome than that. Addy claims she shouldn't be in the asylum, but the reader can tell that's not exactly true. She's trying to piece together her lost memories with the help of Dr. Watson, who seems to really care for Addy. But Addy's not all the concerned with recovering. All she wants it to run away with Damien, the love of her life. He's all she can think about and their stolen moments in the asylum are what she lives for. But things aren't what they seem. I mean, when your narrator is in an asylum, you have to question everything. I'm not giving spoilers because this book is seriously awesome with the twists and turns Hammond throws at you. And once you have that OMG moment, you can see how Hammond has been leading you to it so subtly that it's genius.

One thing I really loved was the way the story is told. There are "Before" and "After" chapters. The "Before" chapters take place when Addy is 17 and she falls for Damien. They give great insight into their relationship and also Addy's relationship with her abusive father. The "After" chapters are when Addy is in her early 20s in the asylum (in the 50s). Hammond weaves the two seamlessly as you piece together Addy's story. It's seriously brilliant.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
I hope this is made into a film because it is a wonderful love story. I wish it was longer because I tore through it quickly.
Published 3 days ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book great service
Published 1 month ago by barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!
Good Book!! Just hate its so short!
Published 3 months ago by Ashley Lenderman
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars
4.5 stars. Wow- this was really good. A mental institution in the 1950's with Electric Shock Therapy and Lobotomy's in the basement. Reminded me of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Read more
Published 8 months ago by MTR1970
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story Line
The topic of insane asylums and how people were treated in them is a frightening subject so when I saw this book I thought I would give it a read even though it was fiction. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paulette Buongirno
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars
My thoughts on this book are still a little jumbled. Insanity is a fast read with a storyline that makes it easy to keep readers guessing and turning the pages. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S.Huston
4.0 out of 5 stars What an ending...
Wow, just wow. I have just finished the book and I can't stop crying. The end blew my mind away and I didn't see it coming. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting story
I'm not entirely sure where to begin with this one. I finished it about eight hours ago and the wheels in my head are still turning. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Misha
3.0 out of 5 stars Something different
I really liked the beginning and the end. The middle was just blah for me. Not sure if I'm interested enough to read any of the other books in the series.
Published 15 months ago by Carrie J
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely Fantastic Read!
"Insanity" was an intense, emotional novel that kept me guessing until the very end. This unique story has romance, suspense, and mystery ~ with just a pinch of madness to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Steph Krayeski
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