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Asylum (Blackstone Chronicles #6)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  742 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Editor Oliver Metcalf has written a provocative article on the Asylum that implies there may be a curse on the town. The community is outraged, charging him with inflaming hysteria. More urgent is the mysterious disappearance of Rebecca Morrison. As Blackstone rallies to find the missing woman, a mysterious package arrives on Harvey Connally’s front porch. The contents hol ...more
Mass Market Paperback, First Edition, 97 pages
Published June 3rd 1997 by Fawcett (first published 1997)
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Lana Hart
This is a fantastic ending to the series. Some have complained it wasn't "big" enough, but this is a small town thriller... not a Michael Bay film.

In "Asylum," you finally fully understand Oliver's background and what has been driving the villain to commit such awful deeds. The reality of this is more disgusting and terrifying than any other element of the last five books put together, and I had a visceral reaction to the big reveal. What makes it so much more impactful for me is that Oliver's p
Dharia Scarab
Finished the series since I already bought it, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read
Hmmm...not the ending I expected, nor was it realistic enough to be one I might have envisioned. Instead of tying up loose ends and perhaps leaving a few well chosen ones to the imagination and a potential sequel, this series seemed to be pulled and tugged to an end through contrivance and artifice. But having enjoyed the series up to this point, loving both this format and the other John Saul books I've read, I gave it a generous three stars. Overall, I would recommend the Blackstone books to t ...more
Jun 12, 2008 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror

Oliver Metcalf, editor of 'The Blackstone Chronicle,' the town's weekly newspaper, has written of the mysterious deaths that have occurred in Blackstone over the last six months, implying that there may be a curse on the town. He is terrified of the old Asylum and gets terrible headaches every time he goes near it. Did something happen to him there when he was a young boy, something so horrible he blocked it from his memory? His uncle, Harvey Connally, received a familiar gift that may help him
I guess I expected big things with this series because when I finished Asylum I was disappointed. The first few books were good but then they became predictable, gory, yet predictable. I found the death of Germaine Wagner, the librarian, to be very disturbing. I feel as though the last story was rushed. I wasn't that surprised to find who the gift-giving creeper was. It just seemed as though there was too much information crammed into 100 or so pages. I was confusing the Connelly's with each oth ...more
Write a review...after reading all 6 of these books- i know the author thinks he's ties everything up nice and neat but i don't. i think the ending was pathetic, it was a wimpy ending. instead of actually coming up with an ending he found an easy way out. of course this ending also leaves room in case he wants to write more books for this series but i don't think thats going to happen i thik he was tired of writing them and instead of cleaning things up and tying off loose ends he preferred to l ...more
Alisha Kennedy
Enjoyed this small horror series. Had just the right crazy, suspense, and horror.
The ending was a bit disappointing, but at the end of the day I enjoyed reading the book in serial form. I really enjoyed John Saul books as a kid, but as an adult I have somewhat outgrown his style of writing. I know you can buy all 6 books in one, but if you can, get them separately, I think it adds a bit to the series to have them in individual books.
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
I have to admit I was surprised at the ending a little and the revelation - it was a fitting finale to the serialized story. By the time the 6th book was being read, I was done with the series and eager for it to be done. Not a bad series but a little choppy. The stories were interesting in some ways, too cheap in others.
I found the wrap-up disappointing and I was tired of the formula by the end. Maybe serial novels need to be spaced out instead of read in short succession so you don't get bored with them.
Just love the series and wish authors could release small episodes out like this today.
Least favorite of the six, largely due to the horror visited upon children!
A little disappointing once the pieces start coming together.
Great series, can't wait to read his other books.
Disappointed at the end
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John Saul was born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1942, and grew up in Whittier where he graduated from Whittier High School in 1959. He attended several colleges—Antioch, in Ohio, Cerritos, in Norwalk, California, Montana State University and San Francisco State College, variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts, and theater, but never obtaining a degree.
After leaving college, he
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