I don’t want to fritter away a bunch of words on the plot…read the book jacket. What I will tell you is that this book had me engrossed immediately. There are elements of horror, it definitely has some creepy moments, but what struck me the most was the great characters that Mr. Lavalle has assembled in this old asylum in Queens. The friendships & relationships that bloom here are strong and beautiful. He manages to convey concepts of loyalty, love and what it means to be human in a place that works to strip you of your humanity. Spot on dialog, fantastic writing & an indictment of our broken mental health system. A book about overcoming obstacles and understanding yourself. It’s not every day that the devil drops down from the ceiling and tries to kill you in your sleep, but what’s scarier is trying to fight when the odds, and society itself, is stacked against you.

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