Genre: Erotic/Psychological Thriller
Cover Designer: Cover Me, Darling
Words are funny things. Their meaning, the pictures they paint in the minds of those that hear them: they’re not always the same and to me at least, that makes them meaningless. Take for instance the phrase ‘black widow’. Those words conjure the image of a spider, an eight-legged creature with the red imprint of an hourglass on its abdomen. However, instead of speaking of an arachnid, of the resident of a spindly and dew-laden web, the people who whisper those words are talking about something much different. They’re talking about me. From what I’m told, I’m called the Black Widow because no man I’ve ever loved has survived. Yet, I have no memory of any of it. My new home leads me to the definition of another vague and meaningless word. It’s a place where I’m supposed to seek refuge. A place of retreat and security. It’s a place where I’m supposed to be kept safe because I’m sick. But the definition for this place is wrong and the word becomes meaningless when you’re tucked away and made silent by drugs and pretty white jackets. My name is Alexandra Sutton and this is the story of what happened when I was imprisoned inside an Asylum.
I couldn’t contain my anger. “I didn’t kill anybody! I don’t even know who those men are…” “Do not raise your voice with me, Ms. Sutton. I’ve allowed your quirks in behavior thus far, but I’m growing tired of your insubordination. While under my care you will learn to control your outbursts or else you will be restrained both physically and chemically, if necessary.” “Through drugs, you mean. You’ll dope me up to a point where I can’t fight back.” “If that’s what I must do. Like I’ve said, I don’t prefer that type of restraint, but in certain cases, it can’t be avoided.” Standing from his chair, he rounded the desk to stand in front of me. I craned my neck to look up at him, my muscles tightening painfully with anger and the refusal to believe that I’d done any of the things of which I’d been accused. It wasn’t until he was close enough to touch me that the notes of his cologne wafted beneath my nose – something haunting and exotic, masculine and earthy. I shivered at the smell, looking away from him and grasping my hands together in my lap to the point where my short fingernails dug into my skin. “Look at me, Ms. Sutton.” I did as I was told because there was no point in fighting back. A slow roll of recognition penetrated my thoughts, the abysmal circumstances of this place, the futility and harrowing truth that I was under their control. Any hint of rebellion and I would be dosed into compliance, drooling on myself while nodding my approval of whatever horrible thing they had planned. They stripped you of your strength, your voice, your entire being, and replaced it with the structure implicit to an institution for the insane. “You are my patient and as such, you are under my control and also my protection. I will not hurt you in any way. My only job is to help you. However, any rebellion on your part will be met with equal force. Do you understand?” “Yes sir.” I spit out the words, angry that I was answering to a man I didn’t even know. “That’s a good girl.”
Have you ever seen the episode of Friends where Joey puts his favorite book, The Shining in the freezer, whenever he got scared? That is how I felt while reading Asylum. I felt like putting it in the freezer when it became too much to handle and rock in the corner. That is how FANTASTIC this book is! Lily White has a fantastic way of dropping you in the middle of a terror inducing story and have you come out loving every second of it end the end.
Asylum is the story of “The Black Widow”, Alex Sutton. Called the Black Widow because apparently no man she has ever loved has survived, she is spending her life in an Asylum, were everyone is not who they seem. Evil, dark, and are allowed to use drugs to sedate patients and pretty much do with them what they want. Alex has no one except for Daine, her brother, to help her figure out her past, and maybe recollect her memory, and the new sexy Dr. Hutchins, whom has a new therapy to try and draw out her memories.
I loved this book. Keep in mind, in typical Lily White fashion this book is dark. Terrifyingly dark. So if you are not a fan of these types of reads then this one is not for you. There are also some questionable subjects discussed as well. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves the Dark/Horror genre in a heartbeat!