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Martine LeDuc, director of PR for the mayor's office in Montréal, is put to the test when four women are found brutally murdered and shockingly posed on park benches throughout the city. Fearing a PR disaster for the busy tourist season, Martine acts as a liaison between the mayor and the police department and is paired up with Julian Fletcher, a young detective. Together they dig deep into the city's past only to uncover a dark secret dating back to the 1950s, when orphanages throughout the country were converted to asylums in order to gain more government funding. Children were subjected to horrific experiments. Someone is still bearing a grudge. And when Martine begins to piece it all together, it might be too late for her.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9781250045393
Characteristics: 309 pages


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Dec 14, 2016

Very very good!

Jun 27, 2016

A little hard to get into but gets better as you read.

May 01, 2015

Martine LeDuc is the publicity director for the city of Montreal. When a string of murders threatens the municipality’s tourism industry, she is asked to be the liaison between the mayor and the police director. She is partnered with Julian Fletcher, a police detective, and together they decide to lead their own investigation. Soon they discover that the killings seem to have a link with the Duplessis Orphans and the medical experiments the CIA was conducting on these abandoned children from the 1950s to the 1970s. Are these murders the work of a deranged serial killer or the result of an even more sinister conspiration? In a parallel story told in flashbacks, a young girl, Gabrielle Roy, is brought to an orphanage and then transferred to an asylum where she witnesses the horrific treatment on these poor children while doing her best to survive.

Asylum is a compelling mystery with a great pace. The real-life story of the Duplessis Orphans is heartbreaking, and the author pays them a beautiful tribute with this book. From the 1950s to the 1970s, single mothers or poor families were forced to abandon their children in orphanages. The kids were then transferred to asylums because the government provided more funding to these institutions. At the same time, the CIA was running a mind-control research program called MK-Ultra in Quebec and was testing drug-induced mind-control techniques on children in the asylums. As a result, these poor kids were abused and tortured, and many of them died. This dark part of Quebec’s history should not be ignored, and I admire Jeannette de Beauvoir for writing about it.

I was also drawn to Asylum because of where it is taking place. I live a couple hours’ drive from Montreal and I have been there many times, so I enjoyed the references to the Old City and other landmarks. However, I thought it was a bit of a stretch that a publicity director for the city of Montreal would help the police in a murder case. But once you accept this premise, the story is entertaining and the book hard to put down. I must say though that I did figure out who the killer was half-way through the book. But I think it was only by chance when I looked at the notes I was taking for this review. In the end, it was well worth my time to keep reading to know how Martine and Julian solved the case. I highly recommend this book.

Asylum was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

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