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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: #7,647 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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLY MOLY..... July 21, 2012
By ceecee
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It is midnight and I just finished this book. I could not put this book down!! I have been on the edge of of sanity just trying to get to the end of this book and yeah maybe I should wait till I have more time to reallly digest all these thoughts running a marathon through my head, but still I don't think I could come up with a way to express the way this book has affected me.
So I will leave you with this....
There are a lot of 5 star reviews that go into more of the story, the characters, what its about, and so on. Read those and instead of me saying the same thing....I will say it takes a lot for me to read a book and start off liking it and by the end still like it as much. I can always find something to nitpick about. This book though, I love it more as I got to the end and am a complete mess. There were so many twists that my head is still spinning and at the wee hours I am wide awake.
Read this book. Read this book. Read this book!!!....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless.....!! June 30, 2012
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Wow!!!! There is so many things that I can honestly say about this book!! I am totally raving about it. This book kept me up soooo late at night. I was hanging on to every page dwelving into the story to try to understand what was really taking place in the story. When I thought that I had something figured out, I was thrown a curveball.....I said to myself, "SAY WHAT???." I totally did not see somethings happening in this story. The sweetest part of Insanity would defintely be Damien and Adele's romance. Their love was unbelieveable, all the the things they shared, endured and the plans that they made were breathtaking. Please purchase this book! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance with some suspense.!! Highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Romp through the mind of someone who lost it.
I found the story kept me interested, and in a sad way connected to the characters. Almost like seeing in the mind of someone who is so damaged they can't conceive of the reality... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Pam Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it & can't wait to read more.
Published 15 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This story had its ups and downs. I did enjoy it, but not necessarily enough to keep going with the series. I don't t think I'm too concerned for the characters.
Published 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars There are no words...
I'm afraid what I write will never be enough. There is no way to explain the love, the sadness and the heartache I felt while reading this beautiful and terrifying book. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
Was hopeful based on other reviews, but ultimately I was disappointed. The main character is so annoying. Read more
Published 20 days ago by wendybean
2.0 out of 5 stars I wonder who is going to be insane in the end if the book
After finishing Never Seduce a Scot I knew it would be difficult for the next book I was going to read to compete. Unfortunately, I had the bad luck to start this book next. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Sofia Lazaridou
3.0 out of 5 stars this is like an episode of American Horror Story: Asylum
What in the hell did i just read? This book is a little trippy. For a moment i thought i was watching an episode of American Horror Story: Asylum!! Read more
Published 27 days ago by Reading_Is_Sexyy
3.0 out of 5 stars The plot twist hit me in the gut and gave me the chills!
First Thoughts

Insanity was unlike anything I've ever read before. I usually shy away from creepy suspense books because I'm honestly not trying have any nightmares when... Read more
Published 27 days ago by *Pearl
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I had such high hopes for Insanity, but it just was not very good. The writing, the story, everything just didn't really work. The first big issue I had with the story? Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jen R
4.0 out of 5 stars This book draws you in
This was a very good story. I liked the twists and turns through out. I'm looking forward to book 2
Published 1 month ago by Torrie
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