The Asylum

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Fiction - 257 pages
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A brilliant new Gothic thriller from the acclaimed author of The Ghost Writer and The Seance

Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor, Maynard Straker, tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before, then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: “Your patient must be an imposter.”

Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary. Who is the woman in her uncle’s house? And what has become of her two most precious possessions, a dragonfly pin left to her by her mother and a writing case containing her journal, the only record of those missing weeks? Georgina’s perilous quest to free herself takes us from a cliffside cottage on the Isle of Wight to the secret passages of Tregannon House and into a web of hidden family ties on which her survival depends.

Another delicious read from the author praised by Ruth Rendell as having “a gift for creating suspense, apparently effortlessly, as if it belongs in the nature of fiction.”
 

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User Review  - Samantha - Goodreads

I was attracted to this book because the synopsis reminded me of something that I started writing once. Though my own efforts petered out after a few pages, John Harwood takes our heroine right to the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Badseedgirl - Goodreads

I wish, how I wish I liked this novel more. There was nothing against this author, because the book was most assuredly a well written gothic novel, and that was the problem, this was a gothic novel ... Read full review

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Contents

Part 2
111
Part 3
211
Back Flap
259
Back Cover
260
Spine
261
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

John Harwood is the author of The Ghost Writer and The Seance. He is the recipient of the International Horror Guild's First Novel Award and the Aurealis Award. He lives in Hobart, Tasmania.

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