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Minute Review: Insanity (Susan Vaught)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA
Pages: 384
Publisher: February 18th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN: 9781599907840
Genre: ghosts, mystery
Source: library book

InsanityNever, Kentucky is not your average scenic small town. It is a crossways, a place where the dead and the living can find no peace. Not that Forest, an 18-year-old foster kid who works the graveyard shift at Lincoln Hospital, knew this when she applied for the job. Lincoln is a huge state mental institution, a good place for Forest to make some money to pay for college. But along with hundreds of very unstable patients, it also has underground tunnels, bell towers that ring unexpectedly, and a closet that holds more than just donated clothing....When the dead husband of one of Forest's patients makes an appearance late one night, seemingly accompanied by an agent of the Devil, Forest loses all sense of reality and all sense of time. Terrified, she knows she has a part to play, and when she does so, she finds a heritage that she never expected.

With her deep knowledge of mental illness and mental institutions, Susan Vaught brings readers a fascinating and completely creepy new book intertwining the stories of three young people who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of Lincoln Hospital.

Here is what you can expect with Insanity by Susan Vaught: 

Creepiness? Check. Insanity is told in four sections, each with its own level of weird.  The stories feel a bit disconnected since it is not your traditional plot format. It is more of a collection of individual short stories that just happen to share the same characters. The twist, though, is that the stories take place over many years.  There is a weird time travel element that makes that possible, but you'd have to read the book to understand.

 There doesn't seem to be much characterization because the stories are a bit disconnected. You get glimpses here and there of unique character traits, but they don't seem to go anywhere. I also felt like I had a lot of questions left unanswered.

The spooky setting keeps the pages turning, so that works in favor of the book. Overall, this is not my favorite Susan Vaught book (I still sing the praises of Going Underground), but it works if you like creepy stories that are quick to read.


  1. Eh, it's Halloween season and I need creepy reads so I'll probably check this out! Thanks for the review!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre


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