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Froid Mortel

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  975 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Il y a pire qu’être enfermé dans la Clinique... ne pas pouvoir y pénétrer.

Une école. Un centre de détention psychiatrique. Entre les deux, un couloir souterrain… que les enfants franchissent régulièrement pour rendre visite à leur parent interné. Jan Hauger, qui a réussi à se faire embaucher au sein de ce dispositif expérimental étroitement surveillé, ne rate pas une occa
442 pages
Published February 2013 by Albin Michel (first published 2011)
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3 stars definitely, even if I forget it's a translation I still had issues with the book as a a whole.
If I were reviewing this at about 80% it would have been a completely different review. BUT the way it ended changed everything.

To be fair I couldn't picture a nice neat ending so I was prepared for something not to be thoroughly explored because of all the little threads and tangents. I just.....
Jitka Jitulisko
Skrýš od J.Theorina

Anotace – Jan Hauger, devětadvacetiletý učitel, přichází pracovat do mateřské školky v jednom větším městě na západním pobřeží Švédska. Mýtina ale není běžná školka – sousedí totiž s psychiatrickou Klinikou svaté Patricie, jíž se mezi lidmi říká Svatá Psycho, zvláštním zařízení s ostrahou, kde jsou internováni psychicky narušení pachatelé násilných trestných činů. Mezi nimi jsou i rodiče dětí z Mýtiny. Smyslem pobytu dětí ve školce je, aby jim byl s rodiči umožněn kontakt. Jed
Another dark, suspenseful, psychologically gripping tale from this author. I was happy to see "The Asylum" finally become available for Kindle, which is how I also read "Echoes from the dead" and "The darkest room", all set in the same area of Sweden and deeply evocative of both place and season. I wish Amazon would hurry up and offer "The Quarry", the final volume in this series (loosely defined: there are no continuing characters except the setting, which is Oland, an island in northern Sweden ...more
Tanja Berg
"Sankta Psyko" är en förkortelse av "Sankta Patricias regionklinik" och där vårdas patienter på psykiatriska enheter. Invid mentalvårdsenheten ligger en förskola för barn vars föräldrar är inlåsta - att träffa barnen är en del av terapin. De slussas in på psyket genom en underjordig gång. Hit kommer Jan Hauger för att jobba som barnskötare - eller förskollärare, det är något oklart. Han har sina grunder för det. Jan tror att Sankta Psyko hyser en av hans få gamla vänner och han vill ha kontakt.

Nancy Oakes
(Another review I sort of forgot to copy here -- read in June 2013).

Let's just say this is not nearly as good as his other work, and I'm a huge fan of this author.

As the novel opens, Jan Hauger has applied for job as a classroom assistant at the Dell preschool located in a building at St. Patricia's Hospital, lovingly referred to as "St. Psycho's" by the locals. St. Patricia's is home to patients of all sorts, but it houses some people who "have destructive impulses, antisocial men and women who
Jan Hauger has seen a job vacancy that interests him; a classroom assistant is needed at The Dell, the nursery that is run by St Patricia's - a psychiatric hospital that is houses some of the most damaged individuals in Sweden. Jan applies, and is successful, he starts his new job almost straight away and moves to live nearby. It is clear from the beginning that it is not just the vacancy that appeals to Jan - he's a dark and mysterious character whose background appears to be less than salubrio ...more
I have had this book for over a year and tried reading it a few times before. Finally, I dove in and read it. The first 100 pages slowly develops some background on the main character Jan. From there, the book picks up as far as the story line and various events unfold. Johan Theorin is brilliant with atmospheric writing. I am still waiting for him to put a book together that makes me completely satisfied. I have read all of his books and will continue to read what he puts out. The Asylum is les ...more
A friends review of this book brought it to my attention, and I really enjoyed it. I barely noticed that it was a translation from the original language as it doesn't lose anything in translation although I did find myself reading it with a faint Swedish accent in my head!

I found it quite a sad and empathetic story about loneliness and the different ways it affects different people. Its also psychologically very chilling which I like in a story.

The main character is Jan who goes to work in a ch
I recieved this novel from NetGalley.

This novel, although engaging and well written/trasnlated, was confusing and hard to grasp the initial meaning behind the characters motives. The characters themselves were fantastically created and seemed like normal people, they were deep and multi-dimensional. The aspect of the setting was also incredibly clever, considering the characters pasts. This being said, it was still a highly confusing novel.

The ending was unsatisfying and seemed to lack that 'big
“That way madness lies…”

A slow-burn psychological thriller, the book starts with loner Jan Hauger applying to work in the pre-school that is attached to St Patricia’s psychiatric hospital, known to locals as St Psycho’s. From the beginning we know that Jan has reasons of his own for wanting to be close to the asylum – reasons that the author slowly reveals as he lets us see inside Jan’s head. St Patricia’s holds some of the most dangerous criminals in Sweden but security isn’t as tight as those
I devoured this book in a little under three hours, so that should tell you something. I'm not a big fan of thrillers, but this one had me hooked by the first page.

It's the story of Jan, a child care worker who starts his new job at a small pre-school that is connected to a mental hospital so that the children can still have - supervised - contact to their mentally ill parents. What makes this book so interesting and compelling is that you know pretty much from the get go that the protagonist is
It's strange. This ought to have been a very engaging story. The main character Jan has had a troubled youth and is now working with children - and successfully so. He really does care for the children and the kids love him. He doesn't have much of a social life, though, and has spent a great many years looking for his friend from back then, an Alice Rami.

The story jumps between now and then and in between - and it works. I just never really start to care about the troubled Jan and none of the
This book had me sweating and squirming. There was no way to predict or even take a wild guess on the outcome of the mc's actions. Not even once did I see where it was going, and damn that was refreshing.
I do however have to lower my rating because of the general lack of personality given to the characters. They were hard to get, hard to love and hard to feel compassion for. Maybe it was meant to be this way, but it really doesn't float my boat.
Now onto the series about my home, the books abou
Liz Cee
You will note from the four star rating that I did like this book, however, it was the blurb on the front cover that urged me to pick it up initially.

"If you like Stieg Larsson, try a much better Swedish writer." Who puts a review like this on the front page of their book? Every time I saw it, it made me laugh. The story itself did not.

This is a grim, creepy tale of a young man who takes a job in a day care. The nursery in question caters solely to the offspring of patients of St. Patricia's Reg
Elena Machetti
Jan Hauger is de nieuwe kleuterleider in 'Het Zonnestraaltje’, een kleuterschool die verbonden is met het naastgelegen psychiatrische ziekenhuis Sint-Patricia, onder de bewoners bekent als Sint-Psycho. Het Zonnestraaltje vangt kinderen van patiënten op. Via een onderaardse gang worden de kinderen geregeld naar de kliniek begeleid om ze wat tijd te gunnen bij hun vader of moeder. De begeleiders zelf mogen echter nooit naar binnen, en dat is precies wat Jan wil. Zodra hij nachtbewaking mag doen, p ...more
The start of The Asylum is a bit too uneventful and unoriginal, so I am sure that many readers will stop with it after the first few chapters and won't feel the need to get back to reading. On the other hand, as the book carries on, it gets much more interesting and because of telling three completely different stories at once, it has potential to completely get you. Every of the stories has its magic and there wasn't a moment when I wouldn't want to know more about at least one of them. The sec ...more
Der junge Erzieher Jan Hauger tritt eine neue Stelle in einem Hort im schwedischen Valla an. Das Besondere daran ist, dass der Hort zu einer psychiatrischen Klinik gehört, in der gefährliche, psychisch kranke Menschen inhaftiert sind. Schon bald wird klar, dass Jan Gründe hat, die unbeliebte Stelle anzutreten: Er vermutet eine alte Jugendliebe dort. Doch auch andere Mitarbeiter des Horts und der Klinik verfolgen ihre eigenen Interessen. Immer tiefer verstrickt sich Jan in Kontakte zu Gefangenen ...more
Bella Grewal
Detta är den tredje boken som Johan Theorin skriver. Nattfåk och Skumtimmen utspelas båda på Öland, så jag trodde att även denna skulle göra det. Inte alls, visade det sig. Huvudpersonen Jan Hauger arbetar som förskolepedagog någonstans på västkusten. Han söker sig till ett daghem för barn vars förälder sitter inlåsta på Sankta Patricia - ett säkerhetsklassat sjukhus. Barnen får endast träffa sin mamma/pappa under sträng övervakning. Jan Hauger har bland annat som uppgift att leda barnen mellan ...more
I've enjoyed all his books so far but this is probably the best - a bit of a slow-burner at first but the story even then is quite engrossing. Jan, friendless, lonely and largely detached from society, has started work at a pre-school attached to an asylum for the criminally insane. He dotes on the children, who attend the pre-school in order to be able to have access visits to their parents who are inmates in the asylum. But Jan has another motive for getting the job - he believes that the 'gir ...more
Louise Green
Jag ville så gärna tycka om den här boken, den utlovar så mycket men faller platt när den är så förutsägbar och väntar på en utebliven oförutsägbar twist. Inget avslut fick man i slutet heller, det lämnade en hängande i väntan på svar man aldrig kommer få. Kan tänka mig att den hade blivit bra som spelfilm där man sällan hinner tänka så mycket som man hinner göra när man läser en bok. Stor besvikelse allt som allt, stor besvikelse.
I was excited (because I love all the weirdness about Asylums and that genre) but also very skeptical. The book was very easy to get into and was pretty good. It is about Jan who just starts working in a nursery within the asylums' premises. There's a tunnel from the nursery to the asylum so that the kids are able to be in touch with their parent, who is locked up. Jan also has his reasons to be there and to work there, as he has a secret of his own. It's not a chronological written, which more ...more
Sonja Star-de vries
Deze thriller van Johan Theorin begon veelbelovend met veel onderhuidse spanning. Maar op een bepaald moment vond ik het allemaal te traag gaan en wist ik het wel met die ondergrondse tunnels etc. Ook vond ik dat er teveel toevalligheden waren en werd het mij te ongeloofwaardig.
Annorlunda och spännande, precis som hans Ölandsböcker. Det är ingen deckare, ingen thriller och ingen feelgood-bok. Svårt att passa in den i något fack. Och svårt att sluta läsa!
4,5 Sterne

Das Ende hätte etwas "runder" sein können, aber davon abgesehen fand ich's genial. Von dem Autor muss mehr her...
Bitten Nicander
This one wasn't as good as his other books, in my oppinion..
Julie Mestdagh
Mijn eerste kennismaking met deze Zweedse auteur, Johan Theorin, is een verrassend aangename. "Sint Psycho" is een fantastische literaire thriller, met geweldig uitgediepte personages, een fascinerend plot en een bijzonder originele ontknoping. Theorin neemt je mee in de wereld van de psychiatrische instelling waar mensen met behoorlijke persoonlijke problemen verblijven. Jan, zelf geplaagd door psychologische troubles, biedt zich aan om als kinderverzorger te werken bij het kleutertuintje verbo ...more
Janette Fleming
We don’t talk about sick or healthy people at St Patricia’s. Words such as hysteric, lunatic and psychopath… They are no longer used. Because who amongst us can say that we are always healthy?’

An underground passage leads from the Dell nursery to Saint Patricia’s asylum. Only the children enter, leaving their minders behind. On the other side are their parents – some of the most dangerous psychopaths in the country.

Jan has just started working at the nursery. He is a loner with many secrets and
Read in English -- The Asylum

When I saw that Johann Theorin had a new book out, I was sure it was the fourth in the Oland quartet. I’ve read the first three and loved the setting and the people (well, at least the good guys) in them all. THE ASYLUM, however, is a standalone psychological thriller more along the lines of Patrick McGrath’s ASYLUM.
In this book, Jan Hauger takes a position as a preschool assistant at the Dells, a preschool for the children of the patients confined to St. Patricia
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I am always apprehensive about reading a new author and I had this one on my to-read list for a while, so it was time to try out Johan Theorin. The plot here is about a pre-school teacher called Jan Hauger, who goes for a job at St Patricia's Asylum, mainly in search of a girl called Alice Rami. Alice was a patient in another psychiatric hospital some 15 years earlier with Jan, who attempted suicide as a teenager. He has searched for Alice ever since and now has information she may be resident a ...more
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