Not until Martine finds herself imprisoned in the terrifying steam tunnels underneath the old asylum does she put the pieces together. And it is almost too late for her…in Jeannette de Beauvoir’s Asylum.
OH MY GOSH WHAT A BOOK!!!
I love a book the keeps me researching as I am reading!
This story opened my eyes to the plight of the Duplessis orphans. These are orphans who were in orphanages one day and woke up in asylums the next day. Canadian social services and the Catholic Church were responsible for the orphans at the time. The reason for the reclassification, of course, was money. These orphans suffered tremendous abuse. You can read more about this here. Some of the abuse was from the good ole CIA. Yes…in Canada. This was at the height of the Cold War. The CIA was testing mind control drugs on these orphans. The project was called Project MKUltra. You can read more about it here.
Although this novel covers the orphans’ plight, it keeps you in the edge of your seat wondering who the murderer is and who will be killed next. I confess…I know very little about Canada. How the government works and general knowledge about the country and history are not in my repoitoire. This book expanded my knowledge in many areas. It kept me turning pages and gasping for breath on almost every page!!
I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.