Review: Asylum by Patrick McGrath


Book Information:

Asylum by Patrick McGrath
Vintage Books
Published in 1997
ISBN 0679781382
254 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.


4 out of 5

When Stella Raphael’s husband, Max, takes a job at a maximum-security mental hospital in the English countryside, she meets Edgar Stark, a patient who murdered his wife, and starts an affair with him. This love affair hurts many around her, however, how will her sanity react to this mismatched affair? How many lives will her selfishness destroy in the process of finding what she truly wants?

Not a supernatural book, but a medical fiction — another kind of book I like.

Except for the fact that it kind of jumps around too much, it is a pretty good book. Either it was the jumping around or the change from general medicine to psychotherapy gave me too much of a headache. :(

Stella reminds me of too many girls (women) who I have ever met, and if she is considered “insane”, does that mean they are also insane? Hmmm… Guess so…  Of course, I already knew that half the girls I have met are insane. :P

Anyways, this book has mature themes in it; so don’t read if you have a problem with affairs, violence, murder, etc. This book has a lot of issues. >.> Also, the ending is also kind of bad, but if you enjoy sad endings, go ahead and read it — you’ll like it if you love sad endings.

Personally, I hated the ending and the book because, well, it matches real life almost exactly. I like my books with a little bit more fantasy and excitement put into it. :( However, the writing of the author is really good. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:



Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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