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 ofThe Ghost Writer andThe 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 mustbe 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  - T_K_Elliott - LibraryThing

A young woman wakes up in a lunatic asylum. Pretty much all she can remember is that her name is Georgina Ferrars - only everyone else is convinced she's Lucy Ashton. Who is she, and why is she there ... Read full review

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User Review  - ehines - LibraryThing

Harwood's novels have a problem with endings, and this one is no exception. How to disengage from a dramatic, atmospheric, possibly supernatural story is no easy trick. Harwood's tack in at least two ... Read full review

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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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