- File Size: 884 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books; First edition (March 10, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 10, 2015
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MSYOCNC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,386,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Martine LeDuc, the publicity director for the city of Montreal and a wonderfully likable narrator, partners with offbeat police detective Julian Fletcher in this absorbing mystery. De Beauvoir does a fine job of evoking the ambiance of Montreal, with its fascinating neighborhoods, bilingualism, and political tensions.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Convincing and disturbing.” ―Toronto Star
“[The] plot has real forward-moving energy, making Asylum a quick and satisfying read. Martine LeDuc-a troubled Catholic, an uncomfortable stepmother, and committed to her job and city-makes for an engaging lead character, and I hope de Beauvoir writes her again.” ―National Post
“What is truly impressive about de Beauvoir's writing is that she is able to smoothly weave fiction with true events bringing the past to life with evocative settings and passionate characters whom we care deeply as they capture the memories of this dreadful dark era of Québec's past.” ―Bookpleasures
About the Author
JEANNETTE DE BEAUVOIR is an award-winning author, novelist, and poet whose work has been translated into 12 languages and has appeared in 15 countries. She explores personal and moral questions through historical fiction, mysteries, and mainstream fiction. Home is an old sea captain's house on the tip of Cape Cod, although she spends some part of every year in Montréal and in Great Britain.
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There are lots of twists and turns and not once did I find any aspects of this novel predictable.
In short, I love when I can be entertained and educated at the same time.
The author interweaves a fictional but fact-based story of the orphans with a present-day murder investigation in which Martine LeDuc, the Montreal mayor's PR director, becomes actively involved. Working with detective Julian Fletcher, LeDuc finds that a string of murders is tied to the past. But how?
DeBeauvoir's writing is crisp and clear, and both the contemporary setting and the background history appear to be well researched. The dialogue is realistic, and the story builds to a frightening climax. I understand the author is writing another novel featuring Martine LeDuc. I can't wait to read it!
Top international reviews
Fast forward to current day Montreal, were in a short time, four women have been found raped, murdered, and posed on park benches. Concerned about Montreal's reputation as a tourist destination, the mayor appoints his director of public relations, Martine LeDuc, to liaise with the police to report on progress and pressure a resolution. Martine goes beyond these instructions and discovers the link between the four murder victims is the Duplessis Orphans. Woven in with Martine's efforts to solve the mystery is a back story of an orphan named Gabrielle who is trying to survived the asylum.
The strength of this novel is in those scenes at the asylum. I also loved all the rich detail about Montreal and its bilingual culture. And of course I was fascinated to learn about this dark period of Quebec history.