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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  24 reviews
In 1899 while her father travels abroad, twelve-year-old Maggie Delito, daughter of the successful Northeast industrialist, unwittingly witnesses a shocking scandal. The next day, she’s dragged from her family’s estate and locked in an asylum to ensure her silence. Beneath the noted asylum’s polish of respectability, a wicked villainy hides in dank shadows—and Maggie fears ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published July 10th 2017 by Dreamwatch Press (first published April 16th 2014)
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Kimberly Westrope
Though I liked this story well enough, the 1899 part of the story was much more interesting to me than the modern part of the story. However, both parts of the story were woven together very well. I liked most of the characters, but some of them could have been a little more developed. All in all, it's a pretty good read, and I would probably read more by this author.
D.A. Bale
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret Rosa Delito reigns supreme over Delito, Inc, a family jewelry business that has spanned generations. But lately the company has hemorrhaged cash at an alarming rate to the point where the business is facing collapse. Before Margaret can discover the culprit or bring her beloved granddaughter in on the crisis, tragedy strikes.

Laura Delito feels like the proverbial fifth wheel when it comes to the family business. After her father died when she was young and her mother remarried, Laura be
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Rhonda Lane
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scandals and secrets from 1899 send shockwaves through time until they erupt in 1974. The grand dame CEO of a family-owned Connecticut costume jewelry company dies and leaves her property to her grand-daughter Laura. Already a businesswoman, Laura’s mourning is also distracted by haunting nightmares while she works to make sense of what's happening with the company, on the rocks as it comes into her hands. Could there be a traitor from within her family business? And who was the elderly woman wh ...more
Tammy Hall
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asylum for me was like walking the path of genealogists dream. The path that this family tree takes the reader is absolutely fantastic. Getting to see the story through both Maggie and Laura's eyes was so fabulous for me. I loved the darker twists and turns that this book held as well as the secrets that unfolded before my very eyes. I was completely pulled into this story and was sad to have it end. I so enjoyed this book and am excited to read more from Kathryn Orzech as she did a fabulous jo ...more
Sarah Berry
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Family secrets abound in this amazing thriller that keeps you engaged from page one.

When Emma's Grandmother Rosa dies and she is on the receiving end of the family company, Emma gains a lot more than just the title of CEO.  In fact, her entire world turns upside down as family secrets begin to make their way to the surface.  Of course Emma knows that there is something incredibly important that she needs to uncover, something her Grandmother hadn't told her, but she has to stay alive long enough
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Cheryl
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you think dark suspense, you might think scary. Yet, I would say for me, it was not so much scary as it was intriguing and suspenseful. Although, when I say this I am referring more to the past involving Maggie. The present was alright but it did not stick with me and I was not as in the moments with the present as much as I was in the past. However, the transfer from the present to the past and visa versa was smooth. Maggie may have been a naïve young girl when she was sent to the asylum b ...more
Renee
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book does a past and present POV SO we go between the late 1800's in young Maggie Delito's childhood. She is exposed to a scandal. I really dont know how much Maggie actually understood. The time when this occurred she was like 13 so how much did she really understand or comprehend? Apparently enough  WOW Back in this time period people who were troubled were essentially committed. Maggie was one.

Present time brings us to Laura Delito. Laura is timid and somewhat troubled while she inherits
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Lesley Ellis
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't too sure if i would like this story with it bouncing between past and present, but I thought i would give it a go anyway. I'm glad i did! I couldn't put it down once i started reading it. Great storyline, that was well written. Loved the characters. Lots of drama and suspense that keeps you gripped and turning the pages. Romance and twists. Looking forward to reading more books by Kathryn. Would certainly recommend.
Gina
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Got a special signed copy from the author at a book signing that had some punctuation errors. I didn't notice any of the so-called errors because I was swept up in the story - a great Connecticut mystery with all the things I love, from underground tunnels to juicy family secrets. A pleasure to read. Loved moving back and forth between the 1899 timeline and the present day. A great read and so glad I happened to walk into the book signing that day.
Beth Caruso
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and suspenseful read where the author seamlessly tells two family tales, one that reflects the other but are set 75 years apart. Included are secret maps, an old key, an antique box, and hiding spaces that give clues to a dramatic family secret covered up long ago. The book is well-paced and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Michelle Stanley
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Asylum is an absorbing dark suspense by Kathryn Orzech. In 1899, twelve-year-old Margaret Rosa Delito is committed to an asylum after witnessing a shameful incident that changes her life forever. She secretly writes about sinister activities at the institution that include missing inmates, while living in hope that her father will rescue her. Seventy-five years later, Rosa dies before telling her granddaughter, Laura, a haunting secret. While gri
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Inca Princesa
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenges-done
I received this book for an honest review through my reading group on goodreads: LOP (Lovers of Paranormal).

I came into reading this book with preconceived ideas. It is like I had a Pepsi bottle, but when I drank it, it tasted like Dr. Pepper.

First of all, I believe the setting could have taken place within any 75 year gap. Granted the chapters had the dates on there; the chapters could have been named Maggie and Laura, respectfully. With the 1974, the only things that brought me back to that t
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Ramona Plant
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now this is a roller coaster that won't end. Kathryn is an incredible author. Her style is very fluid and reads well. The book itself has a great pace to it. I never felt like she was holding out on me to rush me through the story, nor did she drag it on, just perfect really and very important to me. I could barely put this book down once I started it.

The plot is incredible. There are quite a few well developed twists and you get them when the author wants you to. I am usually very good in guess
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Roberta Dolan
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kathryn Orzech presents as a storyteller of old in her dark family saga, Asylum. Just as the cover displays a young girl walking by lantern light, one could imagine sitting in a damp room, by lantern light, listening to the suspenseful tale of Maggie Delito, circa 1899 and her granddaughter, Laura Delito, circa 1974. On page one we learn about the aging Maggie Delito. "She lived a deliberate life centered on one purpose--to erase the memories of her dark days." Erase she does until her death whe ...more
Allyson
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-review
I received a free copy of this story for my honest review thru Lovers of Paranormal.

This is an awesome mystery story. It was very well written, Kathryn knows how to make you feel like your there. You got to know her characters and you go thru the motions with them. There was Twists & Turns that had me hooked to find out what happened next! Ok so Margaret Rosa Delito has a family secret that no one knows. Laura Delito her granddaughter who visits her at the hospital starts to learn the secre
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Christina Tattoed
I received a copy of "Asylum" in exchange for an honest review.
Margaret Rosa Delito has a family secret from 1899 that no one knows about. Her granddaughter,Laura Delito, goes to visit Rosa at the hospital. Rosa starts to tell her but she passes away. Laura is left with a piece of paper that has a symbol on it and a key. The story switches between 1899 and 1974.
I couldn't put the book down. Each chapter left me hanging and I wanted to know more. There were twists and turns to keep me captivate
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Evelyn Horton
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read from a very talented story-teller! This tale weaves a mysterious thread between a grandmother in her youth and her grand daughter, Laura. Laura is a young woman on the brink of discovering who she is and who she wants to be by retracing the mysterious events that forever shaped the legacy of her family name.

The story captivates the reader within the first few pages, adds twists and turns, throws in a tough of romance, stirs in some action and suspense... and gives you... Asylum!
Penny Goetjen
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous Read!

ASYLUM by Kathryn Orzech is a beautifully woven mystery with well-developed characters and twists and turns right up to the last chapter. A real page turner, it’s fast paced and pulls you into the story very quickly. Ms. Orzech, a clever storyteller, utilizes the technique of unfolding the story along two separate timelines. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ASYLUM and look forward to her next book!
Kimberley Salvatore
the only thing I didn't like was the kinda numbed ending. it was cute and to the point but nothing more. I personally didn't think I would like the book because it's involvement with business but I loved it.
Karen E
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story grabbed my attention from the very start, weaving back and forth from modern times, to times long past,. The author proves talented in tastefully painting the details that make reading this tale like watching a movie. Loved it!
Denise
I loved this page turner set in Connecticut! story of a young girl sent to an Asylum and her adventures to get back to her family. loved the writing style! could not put it down! !
Caitlin Depalma
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great storyline...full of intrigue, emotion, & adventure! Set in CT which made it more fun for me.
Randomiris
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathryn Orzech—film fan, news nerd, traveler—writes mystery, suspense, and thrillers set in New England "and other exotic locations" with women lead characters who face heart-pounding situations, flirt with romance, and brush with the supernatural.

Working on a new project in her Connecticut home often begins or ends before dawn. Other interests include history and geopolitics, society and culture
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