The Asylum Paperback
by John Harwood
A young woman wakes in a strange bed. A sickly light filters through a metal grille. Doctor Maynard Straker steps into the room, and speaks. 'Have no fear, Miss Ashton. I am entirely at your service.' This, however, is not her name. And she should not be here - in the Asylum. She is Miss Georgina Ferrars, and she can prove it. But when Dr Straker sends a telegram to her uncle in London, the reply is swift: GEORGINA FERRARS HERE STOP YOUR PATIENT MUST BE IMPOSTER STOP.
Madness? Mistaken identity? Or are there more malevolent forces at work?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/10/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099578840
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Review by adpaton
A young woman wakes up in a lunatic asylum with no idea how she got there - the immediate past is a total blank but she remembers she is an orphan who lives in London with her unlikeable bibliomaniac Uncle, who infinitely prefers books to people.However, when the asylum contacts the uncle, he claims his niece is with him and their patient is an imposter, thus setting the scene for a Victorian novel of suspense, a Gothic thriller in which the naïve heroine has to prove both her identity and her sanity, and solve a series of mysteries about her past. An engaging read but not entirely memorable.