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The Redwood Asylum: A Paranormal Horror

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The dead do talk ... if you’re brave enough to hear their sinister secrets.

In a thick forest sits a forgotten stone building, The Redwood Asylum. Once inside, the criminally insane, the darkly disturbed, and the eternally confused residents learn one thing very quickly: they are at the mercy of ruthless evil in many forms.

At twenty-six, Jessica Rosen starts a new job at Re
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Kindle Edition, 166 pages
Published March 12th 2021
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Bandit
Jan 28, 2021 rated it liked it
There are few more perfect genre locales than an asylum. Asylums are so naturally creepy they practically do most of the job for the authors. All the authors have to do is throw an original spin on the story and write it down well. And Detwiler did that. More or less.
I mean, it isn’t that original, it has ghosts, tons of ghosts, all over the place. Well, duh, of course it would have ghosts. Redwood has been around for a long time and, in fact, the most striking thing about it is that it’s been
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Kaora
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised with this one. So often paranormal horrors come off as cheesy and forced, but I was glad to say that this one hooked me early and held on. It is deliciously creepy and the twists and turns keep coming.

I didn't feel much for the main character as a lot of her story is hidden from the reader until the big reveal, but the story was so fast paced that it really didn't matter that much.

This author is definitely one I would read again.
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ARC provided by NetGalley for an Honest Review
"Not all madness gets locked up. Sometimes the maddest are left free, stalking about the world sucking up life."

Redwood Asylum was every bit the thrilling and horrifying read the title promises. Like many horror movies with a similar plot, how things will end is always unclear. Redwood is set in a remote town surrounded by a truly secluded forest where even the towns residents turn the other way. The heroine Jessica is on the run from her lif
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Kasha's Book Sematary
3,5*

This book had one of my favorite settings in horror, an isolated Asylum. This particular Asylum had been opened for 200 years and nobody questioned what happened behind walls as long as they could keep the loved ones they now find embarrassing behind walls.

All families have secrets and some lock up their insane family members here and never look back. When Jennifer accepts a job here hoping to also disappear and start a brand new life for herself, she did not question the Asylum or their pra
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Steven Montano
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS NOVEL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

Imagine a haunted story about a creepy and isolated asylum. Imagine all of the possibilities, all of the twists you could put on a familiar tale, all of the tropes and expectations you could twist to squeeze every ounce of horror out of a familiar scenario and setting.

Now, don't do any of that, and just write a straightforward, no frills novel that does pretty much everything you'd expect without taking any real chances or tryi
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Mummy's Naughty Corner
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well this wasn't what I expected but I loved it. I loved the ghosts and what they meant. I love the way the story was told and we got answers and I loved the ending. It was nice that she didn't win and the cycle continued. The ghosts were cool and so was the few little bits at the end of the book like the ghosts account. The way the story was told was easy and fast paced. I didn't want to put it down and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. ...more
literallymc
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
The dead do talk ... if you’re brave enough to hear their sinister secrets”.

The Redwood Asylum was exactly what I needed to pull me from a book hangover.

Twisty, creepy paranormal freakish ghosts in all the right ways!

Jessica, starts a new job at the asylum with hopes of escaping her past. She soon realizes that Redwood is somehow off including spirits with sinister secrets. Also, unstable patient in 5B is immediately drawn to her with warnings that Sprits seeking redemption have found the one t
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Emma | readwith_em |
An interesting premise, with American Horror Story vibes.

Jessica goes to Redwood to disappear from her own ghosts. Redwood is your typical asylum.. dark, creepy and full of ghosts. It’s a no questions asked kind of place.

While working on the fifth floor, Jessica is favoured by Robert Essic, in room 5B. Him, and his ghosts are drawn to Jessica. Robert feels Jessica can set his ghosts free. Soon enough, Jessica is encountering many ghosts and sightings.

Jessica becomes intrigued by 5B’s story and
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Mommysreads
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Holy shitake mushrooms!! I told myself that I needed a GOOD horror book to close out my January with. Asylum stories get me all the time. I knew this book was for me!

The main character's name is Jessica and since we indeed have the same name what I thought would happen did, and I'm not mad about it..I slightly felt I morphed into her character 😬 yes, that was horrifying but only added to the entire experience!! Call me crazy, but!

I could not put this book down and read a huge majori
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talon smith
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was just an okay read for me. When I came across it on Netgalley I was really hoping I had found a disturbing, creepy book that left me feeling uncomfortable and uneasy and I just didn’t get that with The Redwood Asylum. I felt like with Asylums you already have this very creepy atmosphere but I didn’t feel like the setting at Redwood was creepy at all.

The ghosts were there, but they weren’t eerie. They were comfortable with the main character and that just didn’t make me uncomfortable
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Carol Werner Harris
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you #NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this ARC from author L.A. Detwiler. Another 5 star chilling page turner, "The Redwood Asylum: A Paranormal Horror" to be released on March 12, 2021.

The main character, Jessica is running from "something" from her past. She accepts a position at "The Redwood Asylum" in Redwood, where criminally insane and disturbed are held. Jessica thinks this new town and new job will help her forget her past. The suspense of what she is trying to es
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April Sarah
Mar 11, 2021 rated it liked it
*ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review*
Video Review: https://youtu.be/UgrLllYSR3Q
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Jen
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I don’t know about you guys, but when I see the word Asylum in a book, movie, or TV show, I am on board because I know it will be an enthralling story. So when LA announced that her new book would be available for advance reading on NetGalley, I jumped right in, and as always, she never disappoints. The story follows the mystery of the Redwood Asylum and Jessica, who wants to start her life and hide from her past. Everything was going great when Jessica first started working on Redwood until she ...more
Kat Dietrich

3.5 stars

The Redwood Asylum by L.A. Detwiler is a paranormal horror story.

First, let me thank NetGalley, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Jessica Rosen left Mercy Hospital without even giving notice.  At 26, she needs to disappear, start fresh.  And so she finds herself in a new job at The Redwood Asylum,  a large stone building set i
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Erin Talamantes
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
*Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.*

This story follows our main character Jessica who is looking for a fresh start. She seems to be running from her past and Redwood Asylum is the perfect place for that. They are excited by her qualifications and hire her immediately, but Redwood has a dark past...and present. They seem to be up to some shady things and have been for a long time.
One of the patients at Redwood, 5B, seems to glom onto her quickly and
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Ryan
Spoilers

2.5/5

Jessica is a registered nurse who desires change in her lifestyle, particularly with her career. What does she do? She leaves the credible hospital she was stationed at and seeks employment at The Redwood Asylum, a haunted asylum turned psychiatric sanitarium, which she clearly fails to research. The staff immediately places her in the 5th ward, a floor that houses the criminally insane, which seems like an odd post for a probation period. What happens next? A demented patient, Mr.
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Chelsea Best
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
Thank you so much publishers for allowing me the opportunity to review this copy early.
We are thrust into a story about a young girl who is a nurse who wants to escape a dark past and start all over fresh by working at an asylum. There are some shady things going on at this place, and she suspects this early on. We are repeatedly told over and over again that something fishy is going on here and something isn't quite what it seems. Sometimes the writing felt messy. I felt like a lot of the repea
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Kristen
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it

Redwood Asylum is probably the creepiest, scariest, most terrifying story I have read in a very long time!

This was an up all night book because I couldn’t put it down, and honestly, I was to creeped out to turn off the lights!

The whole book had a vibe of sinister that was so disturbing! It gave you that not right in the stomach feeling!

Jessica is starting over and her new job is at Redwood. It’s a psychiatric facility that once was an insane asylum for the rich and powerful. It has a history
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Jody Blanchette
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Redwood Asylum is home to the criminally insane, the darkly disturbed and eternally confused. The residents have been put there to be forgotten, and to rot away with the ghosts that creep in the shadows.
Jessica has taken a job at Redwood, hoping to escape her past. She has no idea that there is no escaping Redwood Asylum.

I love a good ghost story. This book starts off like a scary tale told around a camp fire. Slowly we are teased with the history of Redwood Asylum, the origin of the ghosts t
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Samadhee Ismail
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love watching horror movies and so I was thrilled when I got a chance to read a horror book!

Jessica gets a new job as a nurse in an asylum called Redwood Asylum for criminally insane. On the second day of her work, she comes across a man in 5B who has been locked for years and who latches on Jessica in an unsettling way. And soon, Jessica is haunted by some children and she is determined to find secrets at the asylum...

To my utter surprise, this story was actually good! The writing was great a
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Marisa
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a good old fashioned horror at an asylum book. Predictable of course, but I did enjoy the different stories that were woven within the main plot. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat but it did hold my interest throughout.

I’m a sucker for learning more about characters and their histories so I enjoyed reading about the stories of other patients, staff and eventually the FMC, Jessica. There wasn’t any emotional connection to her, I feel like we did see to start her spiral with her thought pro
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Marisa
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good old fashioned horror at an asylum book. Predictable of course, but I did enjoy the different stories that were woven within the main plot. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat but it did hold my interest throughout.

I’m a sucker for learning more about characters and their histories so I enjoyed reading about the stories of other patients, staff and eventually the FMC, Jessica. There wasn’t any emotional connection to her, I feel like we did see to start her spiral with her thought pro
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oohlalabooks
Feb 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I was expecting a good scare after reading the blurb and seeing the book cover, but no creepy or spooky vibes which is a bit disappointing. Main character Jessica Rosen begins a new job at the Redwood. The Redwood Asylum is an ominous stone building that sits in a forest, it was built in 1834 by Francis Weathergate.

At the time, it was a state of the art, five story building dedicated to asylum medicine. Today the asylum is called The Redwood Psychiatric Center. The fifth floor housed the most d
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Agnieszka
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
The Redwood Asylum for the mentally ill has a long and eerie history; some say that the ghosts of former patients are still strolling the corridors.
But for Jessica, it is the perfect place to hide from her past.
However, as Jessica gets involved in trying to uncover the secrets of one of the asylum's patients, her life starts unravelling.
Will she solve the patient's mystery before her own sanity suffers?


Horror stories are not my cup of tea, but I needed a change from my preferred genre, so I deci
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Sam Duncan
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was home today for a snow day and I was thrilled to learn my request had been granted an ARC of The Redwood Asylum: A Paranormal Horror. I couldn't wait to dive in as I'm a sucker for anything asylum related. It was a morning well spent!
I read this book in it entirety in one sitting. It was fast paced and pretty darn creepy. I'm not normally a paranormal horror reader but I loved this book. Jessica, the main character, was likable and relatable and the characters she encounters and the asylum
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Danielle
Mar 11, 2021 rated it liked it
"This was a dark place. It had always been."

I liked this book a fair amount and was excited to pick it up.
Jessica, the protagonist, moved to a new job at Redwood Asylum. We don't know much about her, essentially until the very end. It's hard to understand why she left a perfectly good life to come to this place or why she decided to stick it out. This worked to be a double-edged sword for me; I both couldn't relate to her yet I wanted to keep unraveling more.
There were a few elements that were
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Jessica Laguna
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march-2021
One of the best things about this community is learning that the authors whose work you like to read are actually nice, interesting people, and that is what I have found in L.A. Detwiler. Plus she writes sentences that begin like this: "It all mixed together into a milkshake of dread..." so how can I not love her?

This is my third Detwiler novel and honestly it was my favorite. The setting for The Redwood Asylum is a creepy gothic mansion in the woods that houses the insane--or at least those tha
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Mary
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Redwood Asylum is happy to hire a nurse as qualified as Jessica and Jessica is happy to escape her past by working in the halls of Redwood. Assigned to floor 5, the most difficult floor, Jessica meets Mr. Essic who is known to the staff as 5B. 5B feverishly draws children, always in a single color and in various states of horror. According to 5B these children torment him and he is sure that Jessica is here to make them stop. One night 5B convinces Jessica to take some drawings home and her ...more
Arianna  Mclaughlin (arianna.reads)
The Redwood Asylum is a fun take on the paranormal thriller. The setting is creepy AF and the author does a great job weaving in the paranormal with the very scary real life evil going on.

Jessica arrives at Redwood to escape demons of her own past. But she quickly finds herself engrossed in the life and past of patient 5B which draws her into the deep web of Redwood's decades of secrets.

There were times when the book felt a bit long and repetitive, but overall it grasps you quickly and doesn't
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L.A. Detwiler is a USA TODAY bestselling author and high school English teacher from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. During her final year at Mount Aloysius College, she started writing her first fiction novel, which was published in 2015. She has also written articles that have appeared in several women’s publications and websites. L.A. Detwiler lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad. They hav ...more

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