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Asylum, a dark suspense saga
Intrigue, emotion, and adventure with unforgettable characters.
1899 and 1974, Asylum follows the tragic saga of a privileged, albeit ill-fated, family of a wealthy Northeast industrialist.
“A gripping thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.”
On an innocent day in 1899, while her father travels abroad, twelve-year-old Maggie Delito witnesses a shocking scandal. The next day, she’s dragged from her family’s estate and locked in an asylum, along with the shameful secret. Beneath the noted asylum’s polish of respectability, a wicked villainy hides in dank shadows—and Maggie fears she will be its next victim.
Seventy-five years later, Laura “Del” Delito inherits more than ancestral assets when her prestigious family’s mysterious past comes knocking. After sacrificing a successful independent career, she assumes control of Delito’s failing jewelry business while daring to expose its ghosts—a strange old woman, cryptic messages, backroom betrayals, and a rare antique key that might unlock the truth. As she pursues clues from the Northeast to North Africa, she fails to see the lethal danger looming close to home.
A Book Club Favorite. Asylum is set in New England during periods of transition with the rise and fall of manufacturing, changing mores and folkways, and struggles for equal rights. Asylum prompts passionate discussion of social issues that continue to resonate.
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ISBN 978-0-9892261-2-7 print • $15.95 • 5.5 x 8.5 • soft cover • 332 pages
ISBN 978-0-9892261-3-4 eBook • $7.99
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Asylum Study Guide Themes & Questions — 5-page PDF to view, print or download (may include spoilers)
A Book Club Favorite
“We read Asylum for my book club and we loved it! I read it in two days. It had everything from intrigue, romance, and suspense.”
— C. Bernhardt, Ladies’ Book Club
“I think of the small child mysteriously sent away and her father’s search to bring his cherished daughter home. A strong plot and plenty of subplots weave through two time frames and kept me thinking about what the characters might do. I really enjoyed reading Asylum with my book club and many others will too.”
— K. Berube, Southington Book Club
“A well-researched suspense thriller, Asylum leaves you waiting to turn each page until you come to a well-written resolution.”
— K. Webster, Ladies’ Book Club
“If you like suspense, Asylum is a great read and I had difficulty putting the book down! The character development, the unfolding story, the vivid descriptions! I encourage mystery fans and book clubs to add this exciting mystery to their schedules!”
— N. Moore, Rocky Hill Book Club
“I would recommend Asylum to all readers and book clubs. I could not put it down until it was finished. Even as I was doing other things my mind kept going back to the characters.”
— L. Colk, Southington Book Club
Asylum Awards & Reviews
Independent Publishers of New England, Annual Book Awards, Entries judged by a panel of New England librarians
A fascinating mystery that grabs you with its unique plot. Asylum is a poignant dark story that reverts to 1899, describing Rosa’s past in one chapter, then current events associated with (granddaughter) Laura in another. … An interesting and touching drama … It also gives an insightful account of previous asylum conditions. … A lot of suspense that begins in the first chapter and continues to the conclusion. Worth reading.
“Shameful family secrets. A heroine I can’t forget. A masterfully written story that kept me reading long into the night. Asylum checks all the boxes for a modern Gothic must-read.”
“Dark deeds in shadowy halls haunt generations in Kathryn Orzech’s Asylum. A must read.”
“An intricately woven mystery with well-developed characters, Asylum pulls the reader in on the first few pages. Kathryn Orzech skillfully unfolds the story along separate timelines, seamlessly moving between centuries, in a search for clues on two continents. Take Asylum to the beach or in front of the fireplace … or anywhere. Just don’t go down the dark tunnel alone.”
“Family secrets from the 19th century send shockwaves through time in this suspenseful multi-generational saga. You’re gonna love it!”
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