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Insanity Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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Lincoln psychiatric hospital in Never, Kentucky, attracts all sorts of occult and paranormal activities.
Forest has just aged out of the foster-care system and is now working at Lincoln Psychiatric with the hope to earn enough money to go to college. Darius is also working at Lincoln for the same reason, and his girlfriend Trina has left college to intern at the same place. Levi was murdered and brought back to life by his Imogene grandmother. He haunts the halls of Lincoln, helping the recently dead to cross over and keeping tabs on all of the malevolent spirits. Although all of them live in different times, they all experience a series of paranormal adventures, linked by their connection to the eerie, haunted Lincoln.
The story is told from the multiple perspectives of Forest, Darius, and Trina. All three of them introduce a different paranormal story, and they overlap and share characters. However, the transition is confusing, as the story moves from one perspective into another without warning before we really get to know any of the characters; on top of that, the perspectives are all told in the first person. It's difficult to tell when the POV is changing because it's all told in first person. Also, it's disappointing that we don’t get to know about the past of Forest, Levi, Darius, and Trina, and why they are haunted beyond imagining in the depths of Lincoln Hospital.
Insanity thrusts readers into a world of mystery, ghosts, demons, and among other forms of paranormal activity. There is darkness, rage and dark magic brewing. There is the paranormal knack that comes with the Madoc blood, and there is also witchcraft and plenty of evil.Read more ›
Quick & Dirty: I was often confused or bored with Insanity, but there were certain things that pushed the review up one star.
Opening Sentence: There was something wrong with the dog.
This book starts out with Forest in Lincoln, an old asylum from Never, Kentucky. Ghosts and haints and crazy people live in its walls. Readers follow four characters through four main stories, each with a different villain and plotline, each from a different point of view. My feelings are very mixed about this book. The writing style is not bad at all, but sometimes the novel gets confusing with its descriptions of ghosts, shades, ghasts, spirits. I never could keep the different ones straight. I never connected to the characters, either, so it was a struggle to push through the three hundred pages. When I finished I was relieved. Insanity was just not for me.
However, I’ll give Insanity this: when I was reading at night, and the creepiest villain of the bunch appeared, I could not stop shivering. The descriptions of a man’s body with a child’s face, giggling while chasing with a shard of sharp metal, was ruthless in its delivery. I was completely freaked out. This raised my opinion of the book because the reason I didn’t like the villains is we didn’t have enough time to let them develop and grow strong before the attack, and we basically hear about them and then the main battle happens. Bam! At least with “Maman” (villain above) I could get invested in the descriptions and a little more into the book.
First things first, the characters. Part one we follow Forest. She’s a nice character, but not interesting, not with that intriguing factor.Read more ›
In the beginning, I was enjoying the book. Then I got to chapter eight and I was like....woah...wait a minute....what? I flipped back to chapter seven and chapter six, fearing that there was something that I missed. I was starting to think that the book was maybe a few short stories bound together. Chapter seven ended at a place that felt like an ending for the time being. Chapter eight began with a story and characters that were new and strange with no mention of the characters in previous chapters, with whom I had become familiar. I was wary, but I kept reading, and I am glad that I did. All of the stories eventually all tie together with the tie between the characters being the hospital and its history.
Susan Vaught does a terrific job of bringing the gruesome to life. The spectors, spooks, and demons are so vivid. I found myself reading into the night to see what happened to the characters, only to stop reading for fear of what might invade my dreams from reading right before bed. The main characters are likable, and even thought they are introduced quickly, they are easily relatable.Read more ›
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Probably one of the worst books I've read this year. It starts out good, but then everything goes downhill. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kimberly Anne Jurns
A solid four stars. It wasn't as much horror scary as I expected, but the ghosts/shades, etc. held a certain scary power. Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Sadie J