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Inside the Asylum

(Kathy Ryan #3)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  29 reviews
From “master of cosmic horror” (Library Journal) Mary SanGiovanni, comes the latest terrifying novel featuring occult specialist Kathy Ryan . . .
A mind is a terrible thing to destroy . . .
Kathy has been hired to assess the threat of patient Henry Banks, an inmate at the
Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane, the same hospital where her brother is
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Published May 7th 2019 by Lyrical Underground
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INSIDE THE ASYLUM (A Kathy Ryan novel), by Mary SanGiovanni, is the third book I have read that features her recurring character, Kathy Ryan, a paranormal expert. This novel gives us more insight into Kathy's personal life than we have ever glimpsed before. Her no-nonsense, professional detachment isn't quite the same here, as the location she is called to--an Asylum for the criminally insane and dangerous--is also home to her older brother, Toby . . .

". . . the residents of Connecticut-Newl
Jon Recluse
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, netgalley
Something is breaking loose in the Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
Stalking the halls after dark, brutally murdering inmates within their locked rooms.

The inmates know who is responsible, but no one believes them.

Occult investigator Kathy Ryan interviews an inmate about his connections to a deadly cult, she learns about the killings....and when she reports what she heard, she finds herself investigating the suspect, inmate Henry Banks.

Because Henry is innocent.
Henry doesn't
Schizanthus Nerd
What happens when your imaginary friends are no longer satisfied living in the world you created? What if they want to live in yours instead?

When Kathy Ryan interviews a patient at Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane she learns about Henry’s friends. The staff dismiss them as hallucinations but Kathy thinks otherwise.

Henry only survived the horrific abuse of his childhood with the help of Maisie, Orrin, Edgar and the Others. Henry’s friends’ lives started in his imagination and
Michael Hicks
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, netgalley
My review of INSIDE THE ASYLUM can be found at High Fever Books.

Occult specialist Kathy Ryan returns for her third outing in Mary SanGiovanni’s latest, Inside the Asylum. And yes, I know, the publisher consider this to be the second official Ryan novel, despite her being introduced and playing a central role in 2016’s Chills. As far as I’m concerned, this is book three. And whooboy, do things ever get crazy!

Things are starting to bleed over from the other side, warping our reality, and at the ce
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Kathy Ryan series by Mary SanGiovanni has fast become one of my favorites.

You should know that you can absolutely read this book without reading the others in the series. Although some of the characters and storylines tie together, the books work as standalones.

Inside the Asylum is a scary read. It’s edgy and has some scenes that have you looking over your shoulder.

As always, though, I simply love what SanGiovanni does with her characters. Human or…not…each character has so much depth. She
Kat Dietrich

Inside the Asylum by Mary SanGiovanni is the third in the Kathy Ryan series. She is an Occult Security Consultant, who was originally introduced in the book “Chills” (which some don’t count), and then returned in “Behind the Door”. Now we see her again, so I’m going with this is the third book. However, they all could be read as stand-alone novels – so far, anyway.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Kensington Books/Lyrical Underground, and of course the author, for providing me with a
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
One of the problems that I had with Behind the Door, the 2nd book in the Kathy Ryan series, was that I felt like it was a very on-the-surface read that didn’t enable me to connect with the main character. However, Mary SanGiovanni writes tales with ideas that are very hard for me to stay away from, so I figured I’d like Inside the Asylum even if the same problem for me persisted.

It didn’t.

Mostly this is probably because of the simple fact that this novel involves Ryan’s brother, Toby. However, i
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I would classify this as a supernatural/fantasy thriller rather than horror. Although it takes place mainly inside an Asylum for the criminally insane, it is not creepy or scary—more entertaining and action packed, with dimension crossing monsters and formidable heroes with spell casting skills. I am more of a horror reader so I wasn’t a good target audience on this one but SanGiovani is
Patricia Romero
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Another Kathy Ryan Novel!

Kathy is back and this time she is sent to evaluate the strange behavior of an inmate at the Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Henry, the patient/inmate believes he can open doors to another dimension. A dimension of dark and evil things called Tulpas. 

Kathy knows how serious this is. Some of the people she works for would love to have the ability that Henry has. To use as a weapon. She believes that Henry has not only created these things but has un
 Reading Reindeer Emigrates To Pluto
INSIDE THE ASYLUM is the third book in Mary SanGiovanni's "Kathy Ryan Series," after BEHIND THE DOOR and CHILLS. I marveled at the first two in the series: Kathy Ryan is an incredibly complex character, vulnerable yet tough, horribly abused in childhood so empathetic to other victims, wise in the ways of the Otherworld. Her foil is her horrible brother Toby, once her protector, then her assailant, a man who committed multiple brutal rape-murders and threatened the same to his sister.

Donna Hines
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Kathy has just been assigned to determine the mental capacities of a man currently being held at a mental institution for the criminally insane.
Henry is quite the character as her employers believe he has the ability to create 'real life' worlds that are beyond others creativity and imagination.
But now they want life outside of Henry and his emancipation is their target.
The Tulpas are on a mission to takeover Henry's mind and Kathy and her brother are his only hope for salvation!
Creepy, addictiv
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mind is a terrible thing to destroy . . .
Kathy has been hired to assess the threat of patient Henry Banks, an inmate at the
Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane, the same hospital where her brother is housed. Her employers believe that Henry has the ability to open doors to other dimensions with his mind—making him one of the most dangerous men in modern history. Because unbeknownst to Kathy, her clients are affiliated with certain government organizations that investigate peo
Regina Yau
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary SanGiovanni's KATHY RYAN series has definitely joined my Must-Read list (which is not a long one) for a 3 reasons:

1. Kathy Ryan's character lineage doesn't lie in books but television - she is a direct descendant of Dana Scully (THE X-FILES), coming in after Olivia Dunham (FRINGE). This is the vibe that I've been getting - and enjoying - when I read about Kathy Ryan and the way she solves her cases and handles herself. She's definitely a heroine I root for whether she's battling literal mon
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story dives right in. Before we’re a third of the way into it, the hospital has been invaded and is becoming an alien landscape. A number of people die, some in gory ways, as the creatures of Ayteilu find ways to manifest in the real world. There’s a bit of whimsy to this volume, as some of those wraiths take bodies from everything from a lawnmower and a rake to a vending machine and a lamp, but it doesn’t undermine the horror at all.

Previous books in this world have been focused more on ho
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

First, it’s important to know that the first Kathy Ryan novel is CHILLS. BEHIND THE DOOR is actually book two, which makes INSIDE THE ASYLUM Kathy Ryan Book 3, and the forthcoming BEYOND THE GATE will be number 4.

Inside the asylum centers around the Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Patient/Inmate Henry Banks has some friends born in his mind, but unlike other imaginary friends, Maisie, Orrin, Edgar, The Viper, an a host of supernatural beings have taken on physical form, an
Tarryn Claassen
1.5 Stars of 5

I did a buddy read with my friend on this book which was a huge motivation for me to finish it.
If I like a book, I eat it up in a sitting or two. The last 50% of this book was like chewing on a sinewy piece of biltong.

Reasons why I did not enjoy this book:

1.) One of the first issues I had with this book was the “middle grade” thoughts some secondary characters were having but I dismissed it and continued reading on and actually quite enjoyed it right up until 35% in ~ the exact
Michelle Kidwell
Inside the Asylum
by Mary SanGiovanni

Kensington Books

Lyrical Underground

General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 07 May 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Inside the Asylum through Kensington Books/Lyrical Underground and Netgalley:

Kathy has been hired to assess the threat of Henry Banks an inmate at the Connecticut-Newlyn hospital for the criminally insane, it is the same hospital that her brother is housed in. The people who employ her believe that Henry has the ability to open doors to
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-gothic
A number of unexpected elements crop up in this nightmarish peek into a hospital for the criminally insane. A young man who had been terribly abused as a child invented friends who live in his head and occasionally behave badly. Now they want to live as real people and exude terror as they systematically take over the hospital.

Kathy Ryan is an investigator and has a serial-killer brother living there. As the killings continue, she leans on him to help deal with an eclectic assortment of creature
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inside the Asylum is the newest book in the Kathy Ryan series. It is a standalone, but I'd definitely suggest reading the other books too, just to get a feel for Kathy and what she does. I first discovered her in Behind the Door, and I absolutely loved that book.
In this one, Kathy is called in to deal with some really strange happenings at a mental hospital. Not only is there a patient there who may have information about the cults she's been investigating, but other patients are dying because
Kathleen Gray
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like me have never heard of tulpas, go ahead and google them. What you find will enhance the creepiness of this well written horror tale. Kathy, an occult investigator, is worried about her brother and also intrigued by the story of Henry, also an inmate at the Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Is it possible that Henry's demons have escaped his mind and are in the halls killing the other inmates? Kathy's an interesting character and one worth following. No spoilers. ...more
Krista Silsby ruthstrom
The 3rd Kathy Ryan book in the series is here, and it doesn’t disappoint. Mary SanGiovanni has crafted another great book. Set in the asylum where her brother is housed, Kathy is tasked with interviewing Henry who may be able to make horrible dreams come true. Can she help him before others get to him?
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview Inside the Asylum by Mary SanGiovanni.
SanGiovanni is fast becoming a great horror writer. I put her in with Bentley - she creates a scary world in each of her novels.
This one is just as good and will keep you at the edge of your seat.
Great setting - an asylum with plenty of gore to spare.
Quick read. 3 stars.
Full review to write when its not pushing midnight and I'm not sleep deprived (hopefully anyway) but in short a really intense read that was a solid 3.75 all around just a few little niggles but none that won't stop me reading the rest in this series!!!!
Not as impressed with this book as i was with Behind the door. Just felt the story lines were very similar with just different backdrops.
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really enjoy this book much.. I just couldn't get into it. Which is a shame because I really loved Behind The Door which is in the same series! Oh well ! You can't like everything!
Jun 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, 2019-books
DNF @ 35%
DarkRaven Reviews
Very drawn out book. It felt like a bunch of facts thrown together rather than a story. I didn't feel connected to the book whatsoever.
Amanda Bedingfield
This one was…ok. I don’t think the second book in this series is in danger of be dethroned as a favorite by this one. The characters this time didn’t really pull my interest, nor did the actual plot. The creatures were, again, a little cheesy and overall just not very much of this was enticing enough to be a “thriller.” I would describe this one as flat. That being said however, I do want to note, I went into this one with the highest hopes yet. The way the last book had ended with her brother a ...more
Mary Marie Brown
This was a very sci-fi story for me. The plot was great? Relatable characters, really enjoyed this book.
Brad Biggs
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Mary SanGiovanni is the author of over twenty books in horror and supernatural thrillers. Her fiction has appeared in periodicals and anthologies for the last decade. She has a Masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, Pittsburgh, where she studied under genre greats. She is currently a member of The Authors Guild, The International Thriller Writers, and Penn Writers, a ...more

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