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'Sanctum' is a thrilling YA horror novel full of suspense
"Sanctum" is by Madeleine Roux. She is one of five authors participating in the "Epic Reads" tour. - photo by HarperCollins


SANCTUM: An Asylum Novel,” by Madeleine Roux, HarperCollins, $17.99, 343 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

“Sanctum,” the second book in the “Asylum” series by Madeleine Roux, is a great read for young adult and horror fans. Jordan, Abby and Dan begin receiving anonymous creepy photos of a carnival, forcing them to relive and remember the horror they experienced together at Brookline asylum.

They use the opportunity of a weekend college visit to return to Camford, home of the asylum, to try to dig up some answers, and along the way they uncover secrets of the town’s disturbing past.

Roux is a talented writer, which is evident in “Sanctum.” The book is for fans of horror or suspense and anyone who enjoys being frightened. The writing creates tension with skill, while easing up at perfect times to give the reader a break. Roux takes readers on a terrifying but fun ride as she weaves through the story.

“Sanctum” includes supernatural and horror elements, light swearing throughout, and reference to recreational drug use.

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