Novel: Catacomb (Asylum, #3) by Madeline Roux | Goodreads
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Source: BookPeople Teen Press Corps
Sometimes the past is better off buried.
Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they are apparently being followed.. And Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.
As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate—a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister connection with a notorious killer from the past. Now, Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.
In this finale to the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, found photographs help tell the story of three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity.
GUYS I FINISHED A SERIES!
(also I don’t know what that gif is other than completely awesome)
Asylum is one of those series I started, loved, and is seriously lacking in appreciation. It’s incredibly written, and quite honestly, isn’t that scary. It’s just creepy. I read it before bed and was a-okay. So, if the scary was holding you back, GO FORTH AND READ.
The first two books in this series focus on Brookline, the creepy asylum where Dan, Abby, and Jordan all meet in the first book. Sanctum is, for the most part, a complete departure from that storyline. It’s set in New Orleans, where Jordan is moving for college, and focuses on the creepy history of the city. I think this is partly what makes it less scary than the previous two books – it’s not focusing on a creepy old asylum. Rather, it’s focusing on bones! I don’t know if that’s any better though…
Either way, I enjoyed Catacomb. Not as much as I liked Sanctum, but it was still a solid horror book. (By the way, you can read my review of Sanctum here.) Catacomb focuses on the trio’s separation due to college (!!!) and Dan’s family history, a thread that weaves through all three books. Abby, Jordan, and Dan are on a road trip to New Orleans and all is well until they get a flat tire and a weird guys helps them out, they figure out they’re being followed, and Dan uncovers new information about his parents.
Once they arrive in New Orleans, more questions are asked, some are answered, and everything gets more intense. Their lives are endangered multiple times, they meet some really creepy people who you would never want to meet in an alley, and experience a series of strange occurrences. Slowly, they piece together what’s going on, and with it, Dan understands the truth about who his parents are and what happened to them. It’s an incredible storyline that incorporates history, horror, and character development flawlessly.
Catacomb was a solid finish to this series, and I’m a bit sad to see it go, to be honest. However, I’m pumped to see what Roux has in store next! I love her approach to horror as well as her writing style. Four stars for Catacomb! (I wanted more asylum fun.)