Sunday, August 25, 2013
Review: Soul Asylum By C L Raven
The blood wanted to prick a conscience that couldn’t bleed.
Poe could keep his telltale heart.
I couldn't hear it beating.
Ravens Retreat harbours a sinister secret. Inside its blackened heart lurk the ghosts of patients and staff who died when the asylum was burned down in 1904. Over a hundred years later, the West wing survives and now the patients want revenge.
Their eternal repose is disturbed by a malevolent poltergeist and the ghost tours led by the asylum’s resident, Phineas Soul, which attract the attention of journalist Mason Strider. His attempts to expose Phineas as a fraud have catastrophic consequences when it is Ravens Retreat’s dark heart that’s exposed as it awakens to claim the lives of those who dare to enter its brutal past.
Some things should never be disturbed."
Soul Asylum was a really really good book. But that said I found that my reading of it was constantly being interrupted, and it has therefore taken me over 4 weeks to read!
The book is very well written and has some very creepy elements, I do a lot of reading after dark, whilst reading this book I found that I had become a lot more aware of my surroundings and even felt a little jumpy at times! This book for me certainly captured my imagination and "the shadows" that Phineas describes my imagination had no problems storing and making me look just that little bit harder into a dark place before I walked past!
The book also has some gore spots too, "Rick's stomach parted like the gates of Hell and his insides spilled out like the corpses of a thousand damned, desperate to flee the horrors that awaited them." I love gore so I thoroughly enjoyed these sections, and could picture them vividly.
Overall this is a really good book with a twist at the end which isn't obvious from the start!
I would definitely recommend this book to people who enjoy a creepy story!