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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.

263 pages, Kindle Edition

First published November 28, 2014

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Lily White

37 books2,350 followers
Lily White is a bestselling author who likes to dabble on the dark side of romance. She is most known for her Masters Series, Target This, Wishing Well, and The Five.

When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, and Because of Ellison (contemporary romance).

Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

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Profile Image for Jasmine.
269 reviews665 followers
November 30, 2014


"We're all crazy, Ms. Sutton. Some of us are simply crazier than the others."

Everytime I get my grabby hands on Lily's books, I know I can always expect two things from this lady. First, she will deliver the dark and second, she definitely brings out the psychology in a psychological thriller. This one is no exception as you strap on for a ride that is just overflowing with craziness.

Asylum tells the story of Alexandra Sutton, imprisoned in the Statham Institution for the criminally insane. She doesn't seem to know how she got there or how long she's been there. Her memories are limited and all she's been told is that she's akin to a Black Widow because all the men she'd loved ended up dead by her side.

And then comes along Dr. Jeremy Hutchins, the new sexy psychiatrist who will grace the halls of the asylum. He believes his methods could help Alex or at least recall back some of her past memories. Slowly bits and pieces of Alex's memories are coming around but the only problem is...how do you differentiate what's real and what's not when no one seems to trust the things you say.

After putting down this book, I had to question my sanity for a good while. I always seem to do so everytime I finished Lily's books, it leaves you pondering about what you've just read and go "Did that just happened?!". The author delivered the psych element well that completely throws you off at every turn and leaves you to debunk every theory you conjure up along the way.

Reading a book that depicts the everyday motions of what goes in that enclosed space and constantly surrounded by insanity, I for one, thought that I was being the crazy one alongside Alex. The author has a way of revealing bits of information and to have them later twisted again that completely screws with your mind. Honestly, there is simply no black and white, just a whole lot of gray.

With this author's books, you should be prepared that romance is very secondary to the plot. You can sense that lingering sexual chemistry between Alex and Jeremy but it'll not be heavily acted upon throughout the book. The erotica level was also milder compared to her Master's series as this one tend to focus more on the psychological aspect.

"I wanted to believe him, wanted to believe that every word he spoke was the truth. I'd been so happy when I woke up, so delighted to find someone as beautiful as him in a place as dark as midnight."

I enjoyed the mix of characters thrown into this read that brought out some dark humor which balances out the dark and twistedness of this read. Other than Alex, you'll have the pleasure of meeting all the other crazy women in the asylum and in a rather sadistic way, you will come to love these characters despite their uh, less than ideal tendencies.

However with the multiple layers of craziness, at times I found myself so baffled and confused instead of being mindblown. It felt like too many things were thrown in at the same time that my mind was still trying to wrap around one revelation to another. The overall pace of the book also came off a little slow for me at times but yet it did prove to be a page turner for the most parts.

Overall, Lily does deliver another premise that is different from her usual ones and with Asylum, this lady surely knows how to let you question your sanity overall. With her books, you can expect the darkness, the twisted mind games and the pure insanity. And while this is not my most favorite work from her, I believe fans of her writings will still enjoy this read as it promises something new and different from her.

Most of all, in a true Lily White fashion, she always delivers that ending that leaves you reeling over it a while. So be prepared.

ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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632 reviews2,667 followers
December 1, 2014
3.5 stars!


It’s no secret that I adore this author and her wickedly erotic, mindblowingly dark, and downright fascinating stories that keep me on my toes and leave me reeling with twist after turn. It never ceases to amaze me the things Lily White can come up with and the originality behind her stories is the main driving force of why her books are such a smashing success. Asylum in particular stood out to me as most, if not all, of the story would be taking place within a mental institution and with an alleged murderer as a heroine and an enigmatic doctor as the ‘hero,’ things were bound to get interesting. And while I was truly entertained by the psychotic events as well as the diverse cast of characters, I was also left somewhat underwhelmed.


Dubbed the ‘Black Widow,’ Alexandra Sutton is quarantined in a well-known mental institution for further evaluation after being considered as the prime suspect of a murder. A murder she doesn’t remember. In fact, certain key and traumatic events in her life she has absolutely no memory of. Sometimes she’s grounded in reality; sometimes she floats off in an illusion. The only thing she’s certain of is that she did not commit the murder she was accused of, but with no one who believes her, Alex is well and truly stuck in the asylum, surrounded by white jackets, white walls and quieted by the drugs running in her veins.

Dr. Jeremy Hutchins is Alex’s newly assigned psychiatrist. Not much is known about him or his background but he seems to be dedicated in solving her case. Though it’s not instant, there is an underlying attraction between the two that’s only enhanced as the story goes on because of the taboo nature of their doctor/patient relationship. For once, Alex feels safe and like she can breathe whenever she’s close to Jeremy. And the opposite is true for Jeremy: he’s not repulsed by her mental instability or the crimes she may or may not have committed.


The premise of this story is an intriguing, original, and compelling one and overall I did like it. However, (and this is a personal preference of mine) when stories take liberties with any psychological issues, I usually cannot fully enjoy the book . I appreciate the author warning that liberties were taken with illness treatments and completely understand that a story is fictional and is for entertainment purposes only, but it’s just not something I can get accustomed to while reading and will always hinder my enjoyment of the book. Plus, there were so many mind games, crazy characters, and even crazier events going on I think I was just overwhelmed by it all instead of being blown away over any one revelation.


I’ve come to the conclusion that I have just been spoiled by all the usually amazing books Lily White puts out which is why I have such high expectations for each one. Regardless of my underwhelmed response to this book, it’s still a very well-written, well-researched, but batshit crazy story that you MUST be in the mood for.

Asylum is a dark erotic standalone with mystery and thriller elements. It is not related to any other books from the author.

I beta read this book but my review is based off the ARC version.
Profile Image for L A i N E Y (will be back).
394 reviews675 followers
February 6, 2017
What a waste of a sensual cover!

I admit the cover lured me in. But I wish it didn't because this book was not well written with stilted dialogues. It's the book where, apprently, every doctors/nurses can run free doing things to patients and fellow employee without any consequences.

That 'epilogue' made me laugh.

But it wasn't a good laugh, it's a derisive laugh.

The kind of laugh you don't want to hear when someone finishes your book.

rating: ★½

Profile Image for Jennifer Kyle.
2,358 reviews4,607 followers
December 9, 2014
4.5 *Somebody Fix Those Damn Lights* Stars

”My name is Alexandra Sutton and this is the story of what happened when I was imprisoned inside an Asylum.”


Lily White did such a fantastic job with this disturbing story. It was so well written and the pacing and delivery had me both creeped out and captivated the entire read. I was constantly questioning everything and everybody in the story till the very last page.

Alexandra Sutton seems to be finally coming out of her haze and finds that she has been in Statham Asylum for a lot longer than she thought. She is known around the facility as the Black Widow and her mess of a memory due to amnesia or other issues makes her unsure of even herself.

”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.”


Dr. Jeremy Hutchins, a new doctor at the facility takes over Alexandra’s case. Dr. Hutchins is attempting some sort combination of theories therapy and medications on Alexandra. She slowly starts to reveal her past and the circumstances surrounding the deaths she may eventually stand trial for. It must be mentioned that the cast of characters at the asylum are totally creepy and unforgettable. Dr. Hutchins is not only handsome but seems to be completely dedicated to helping Alexandra with her memory loss and yes readers there is a romance aspect to this twisted tale.

”Was it possible for truth to exist inside this place without being snuffed out and destroyed by the bitter storm of collective insanity?”

I'm not sure if I loved the ending but I have to give credit to the author because I never imagined things ending that way.


Overall, Lily White delivered one hell of page turning psychological story. I’m still wrapping my mind around the clues given in the story and what the ending delivered.

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2,434 reviews4,562 followers
December 7, 2014

“We’re all crazy, Ms. Sutton. Some of us are simply crazier than others.”


Wow just wow...What I did I just read??? What a crazy ride!!! I know that Lily White is the Queen of mindfuck books, but honestly I didn't expected something like this! From the first moment I saw this book, I wanted to read it! Maybe because now I'm watching the second season of "American Horror story" (the theme is Asylum) and I was intrigued! So when I got an ARC I was so excited! This book was perfect, I had so many questions while I was reading the book..each chapter was a new question for me! The ending was a surprise for me! I had suspicions while I was reading the book but not what happened in the end! My thoughts were different!This book is twisted, dark and hot!


Alex think she is crazy...Everybody in the Statham Asylum call her Black Widow.They said she killed two men...But she doesn't remember anything..She is confused.The only person who believes she didn't do anything,is her brother.When a new handsome doctor, Dr Jeremy Hutchins comes to the asylum and he is willing to help her find what really happened to her... He has new methods to try and draw out Alex's memories...Is she really crazy?? What really happened??


Alex starts slowly to trust Jeremy. She feels safe with him...I loved Alex and I liked Jeremy,he intrigued me from the beginning...He is compassionate,smart,sexy and he is mysterious!!!But I can't tell if he is good or bad..and this is what conserns me more...


If you are looking for a good mystery...that will keep your interesting till the end...then this is for you!!! This is a must read !!

ARC kindly provided by author in return for an honest review
Profile Image for JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust.
345 reviews579 followers
December 23, 2014
Firstly I'd like to state that Lily White has more imagination in her little pinky then I have in my entire thick skull. . . but this book had me questioning if her finger was . . . . . . spr - -ained!

God why can't I appreciate a friggin book like everyone else? Why do I set my expectations higher for some authors then others? Why do I feel like a stubborn twit right now for not pretending to LOVE Asylum ? and why the hell do I ramble so fucking much?. .

Okay, time to get down to the nitty gritty. Did I dislike the book? NO, but I didn't completely like it either. I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of the story and adored the other patients . I could read about Dawn, Julie, Elaine <3, Leslie & Michelle for days. They were brilliantly written. The only problem with that is, they made the main character Alex seem blah bland, but was she really ? Yes ?...No ?... this is Lily White after all :-)

I had a few issues with the book, which are huge spoilers so unless you've read the book PLEASE BYPASS THE LINK ------>
So, for those who haven't read Asylum are wondering what I thought of the book, here's my opinion in a nutshell. . .


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Profile Image for Brandi.
628 reviews1,279 followers
December 22, 2014
3.5 Stars

Well. That was one hell of a ride. I have no idea how to review this book. Asylum is the story of Alexandra Sutton, a young woman confined within Statham Asylum for the criminally insane. She has no memory of the past few years, during which is has supposedly committed multiple murders.

From what I'm told, I'm called the Black Widow because no man I've ever loved has survived.


When a new psychiatrist begins working at the asylum, Dr. Jeremy Hutchins, he takes a special interest in Alex. He believes he can help her regain her memory through new methods. Through a drug therapy, she begins to remember, but struggles with what to believe and who to trust, especially when no one seems to believe her.


During her sessions with Jeremy, she not only uncovers pieces of her past, but also finds herself going closer to the handsome doctor. Things certainly get interesting with the two of them are alone.

"We're all crazy, Ms. Sutton. Some of us are simply crazier than the others."

Once again, Lily White has shown how well she does dark and twisted stories. And there were some horrifying moments. I really enjoyed this one, although, the ending felt a bit flat for me. I was anxiously flipping through my kindle, with all kinds of theories, desperately seeking answers.


The ending surprised me, again, it wasn't really what I was hoping for and felt a bit anticlimactic, it was still well done. Asylum is well written, entertaining, psychological suspense, with an ending you won't see coming. Lily is a sneaky little thing.
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1,283 reviews1,929 followers
September 21, 2015
Genre: Dark Erotica
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual

Alexandra Sutton was a resident of Statham Asylum for the Criminally Insane. She was dubbed the Black Widow for killing her lovers even though she had no recollections of the events.

Dr. Jeremy Hutchins was a new addition to the asylum, determined to go above and beyond to help her regain her memory and unravel the mysteries. He developed a new method in unlocking the unconscious mind that will open the path to her past.

I’ve wanted to read this one for quite a while and glad to finally do it. This was my first “metal institution” book and I like it and definitely want more in the future.

“They are only memories, Alex. They can hurt your heart having to remember them, but they won’t hurt your body.”

I like how Alex adapted to being institutionalized even though she had no idea what happened. She was scared but learned how to survive, taking herself out of the situation when necessary.

Jeremy was someone most people would like. He was nice, caring and dedicated in helping Alex.

I dry heaved, placing my hand over my mouth to keep from throwing up. She continued to laugh, delighting in the fact that she’d made me physically react in revulsion to what she’d done.

The most interesting aspect of this book was actually the supporting characters. The other patients were varied and fascinating. My favorite is hands down Julianne. She and her eyes… eww…

I felt lost and tingly, floating in a space between reality and illusion, between the present and the dreams I had of the past.

The story had a slow build up, but I don’t mind that at all because it suited the subject matter. Some of my favorite scenes were of Alex’s chemically induced therapy session. I like the imagery used during those scenes.

Now my problem with this book is the story arc. There wasn’t really any. The resolution was packed until the very end. Because of that, I expected something more impactful, but it was a letdown.

“We’re all crazy, Ms. Sutton. Some of us are simply crazier than others.”

The good thing was I had formed several theories while reading but none was fully correct. I like that the revelation was not what I expected, but I just needed it to blow me away. It felt too anti climactic. It needed to be more dramatic. Honestly, I was hoping for something more sinister.

Asylum will appeal to those who like to take on a fascinating and suspenseful journey in the life and mind of a mental patient.

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Profile Image for ✦❋Arianna✦❋.
790 reviews2,494 followers
February 7, 2017

“My name is Alexandra Sutton and this is the story of what happened when I was imprisoned inside an Asylum.”


“Asylum” by Lily White is one of the most intriguing book I’ve read so far. And I’m not talking only about dark reads. Lily delivers with this book a psychological thriller/mystery that will make you question everything you read and every character you meet. For me the most thrilling aspect of a dark read is the psychological aspect. Needless to say, here this aspect is strong and so well done.


“Asylum” tells the story of Alexandra Sutton (Alex). She awakes in Statham Institution for the Criminally Insane. She doesn’t remember why she is imprisoned. She doesn’t remember how long she’s been a patient in this mental institution. She is confused about her age and about everything else. She doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not. What’s the reality and what’s the hallucination?

She only knows that she's a “Black Widow”, because they tell her she was accused of killing brutally two men. Alex can’t remember anything, but she knows one thing – she’s not a murderer. Her only visitor in the Institution is her brother Dain, who tries to help her remember who she is. Inside the institution she can’t trust no one. Maybe not even the new doctor.

“There’s no point in telling the truth…We’re all crazy and nobody would believe us anyway.”


Dr. Jeremy Hutchins is the new doctor. He’s young, handsome and he wants to help Alex. He wants to help her using his new methods. He doesn’t know the truth about this woman, but he wants to solve the mystery. Alex is intrigued by the new doctor, she fears him in some way, but she’s attracted to him, even if she can’t understand this strong attraction.

“I’d never seen a more attractive man, but there was still something dark about him, a lurking aura that sent chills across my body when he was nearby.”

The relationship between Alex and Dr. Hutchins evolves how I expected. Their connection is intense and their chemistry palpable.


“Asylum” was like anything I’ve read so far. It was dark, raw and even disturbing and intense at times, it was a real mind fuck that fuck up with my head.

The setting, the premise, the plot, the execution, everything was exquisite. The premise is unique, intriguing and the plot more intense with every chapter. I didn’t know what’s happening and I questioned what I read for more than half of the book. There’s so much going on in this book and there’s so many twists and turns, every single one of them captivating and intense.

I still don’t know how I feel about Jeremy. I had my theories about him and in the end I was (partially) right. There’s no doubt he’s an intense man and an intriguing character. I can’t tell you more about him, but I can guarantee that you will be fascinated by him as well.I felt for Alex, for what she endured and for what she still endures in this creepy Institution. I say creepy because it really is. Almost everyone is crazy or has something to hide – the patients, the stuff, everyone. The patients here in Statham Institution for the Criminally Insane are dark, intense, with disturbing actions, but they and so well done described. Every one of them is different.

What didn’t work for me so well was how everything evolved from a specific point and the ending as well. I was expected something else I guess.

All in all, “Asylum” was an intense, captivating, psychological read with many suspense and mystery elements that will definitely blow your mind. If you're a fan of this author like me or if you love a good dark read, this is for sure a must read.

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1,054 reviews599 followers
July 10, 2019
DNF @ 56%
I picked it up two times and every time I couldn’t finish it. I felt the writing became a bit repetitive at some parts and when I read the epilogue I was so glad that I quit reading it! Given that there are so many good reviews, so I think it was just me and not the book. Hope you enjoy it more than me!
December 11, 2014

4.25 "So you think you're crazy" Stars!

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When I'd seen Lily White had come up with a storyline based out of an insane asylum, I knew it would be a mindf$ck of epic proportions! I mean, it's Lily a white, after all and not one author can almost religiously mess with my head...and always throw me off my game. I always think I know her twist, and I'm ALWAYS wrong. There's something to say for that on a writing level...

So obviously, I went into this book a bit scared. Insane Asylum? I knew nothing would be as it appeared. I put my big girl panties on (and took my straight jacket out of storage) in prep for this ride...

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Alex has been a patient in the Insane Asylum for multiple years. She has no recollection of time, no memories of the events she's accused of that landed her there. All she knows is that she's penned the Black Widow patient as every man she's been with has ended up dead. She denies the allegations but really has no strong memory to back her rebuttal.

When she's assigned to the new psychiatrist on staff, Dr Jeremy Hutchins, she finds herself attracted to him. He's taken a special interest in her case...he wants to recall these long lost memories her psyche has blocked. Did she truly murder these men? She's a challenge he will conquer.


I can honestly say there were times while reading this that I didn't know if it was reality or her messed up mind we were dealing with. The book is written in Alex's POV so the reader is stuck in her head not knowing what's real or not.

As far as mindf$cks go, this isn't Lily White's biggest show stopper. I mean, I didn't predict the ending (no surprise there as she always stumps me) but it didn't completely wow me like some of her other books have...Her Masters Teacher being my biggest mindf$ck.

I really enjoyed it though as I love turning page after page not knowing how the story is going to lay out in the end. The book isn't as erotic as some of her other stuff but I didn't miss it. It worked for me.

Looking forward to more from this master of dark and crazy!

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933 reviews232 followers
December 20, 2016
First time diving into this author's work and what a lovely dip it was!

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This book opens with an eerie and unsettling tone that gradually becomes even more disturbing as the story unfolds! Alexandra Sutton is a resident of the Statham Asylum for the Criminally Insane and her stay within the facility isn't without her batting a cautious eye at almost everyone. She doesn't have any memory of her life from the past four years and it's clear from the start that something is not right about Alex, the nurses, or the doctors.

It was difficult to read this story without analyzing every word and potential angle this story could twist into because there was this delicious layer of suspense and mystery gradually building up to something awful and sinister from the very first page. In addition, there were so many WTH moments within this book that by the time I read the ending and the epilogue, I couldn't help but return to re-read scenes that were all of a sudden very debatable!

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Yes, the ending was nothing that I anticipated, but I enjoyed it all just the same!

The level of "crazy" in this book wasn't contained to the patients alone and there were some fun, colorful, supporting characters throughout this story!

Favorite lines by Dawn?
“So anywho, I’d be in a regular prison if I hadn’t kept their shlongs as trophies.” Smiling brightly, she winked again. “But I was proud of what I did, you know? So I nailed them to the walls of my house.”

Favorite line by Dr. Ali?
“Let’s talk about why you’re such a whore.”

Thoroughly enjoyed!!

Profile Image for Elaine.
474 reviews73 followers
December 1, 2014
4.5 Crazy Mind.... Stars

Alexandra Sutton is crazy or so we are lead to believe, I mean she is known as the Black Widow..... she kills men she's been close too.... So whilst they try to find out just how crazy she is, she is sent to The Asylum.
Dr Jeremy Hutchins is the Asylums psychiatrist, he wants to help her but the problem is Alex can't or won't remember anything to the circumstances involving these men.
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Can she trust this Doctor.. because its hard to know who is to be trusted in this crazy place.

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My Crazy Thoughts
Once again Lily White has created a story where nothing is quite as it seems and who doesn't love a plot that whilst reading you have that uneasy feeling something is always about to happen but we don't quite know what.
Whilst I can't really label this as a romance story it makes up for it by its intriguing plot and characters.
I love the fact that this author is willing to write something different and also once again the writing is top notch from her and of course with a title like Asylum you pretty much guess this is going to be her trade mark Dark...

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Profile Image for Carla ☺Did I Say That☺.
265 reviews183 followers
December 22, 2014
2.5 **insert gif below**Stars!!
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Wow..I know I'm in the minority with this rating...Right now I feel like everyone is still doing a happy dance And I'm sitting here thinking..
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Don't get me wrong this book started of hella good...I was right along with everyone else....yup...I was shaking my ass..doing my own version of a happy dance.
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But somewhere in the middle..it just lost its steam...I totally lost interest in the MC..but the side characters...OMG...I loved those ladies...they were fucking hilarious and..
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I wanted to DNF it..but I thought to myself..just hang in there..after all...this is a Lily White book..surly there will be a mindfuck of a ending..needles to say my mind is still rocking the V-Card!!..yup...to sum it up..IMO...this one fell short!!
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**This is just my opinion, please don't let me deter you away from reading this one...it wasn't for me..but that doesn't mean it won't blow your mind ;-)**

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709 reviews2,108 followers
Want to read
November 16, 2014
Really looking forward to Lily's Asylum - coming December 1st

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Profile Image for Di Covey/TwistedBookReviews.
1,018 reviews211 followers
March 5, 2020

6 Insane Stars!

Warning: If you haven't read a book by Lily White, then you need to read her warnings and take them serious. Not for the faint hearted.


"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."

Lily White, I'm laughing insanely while writing this, you out did yourself! How you gonna top this? I'm laughing uncontrollably, rocking back and forth. Brilliant. Mind Fucked. Forbidden. Insane. I loved every crazy bit.

"My name is Alexandra Sutton and this is the story of what happened when I was imprisoned inside an Asylum."

Alex awakes in an The Statham Asylum, no recollection as why she's there. Well, she's been locked up longer then what she believes, left with fuzzy memories and crazy people all around her, literally, the staff at this so called nut farm may be just as insane as the patients. (I'm totally giggling right now, I'm really trying to write this review so you can understand it, trying is the key word, without spoilers.) Her brother is the only person she can trust, who's trying to solve the puzzle right along with the rest of us to free his sister and prove her innocence. How do men end up dead in her presence and she can't remember anything of the incidents? Right, I'm trying not to spoil anything. LOL New doctor arrives, can he be trusted, or is frecking crazy like the rest of them? Is Alex really crazy?

I love a good mystery and Lily gave it to me from the start, hooked me. I like to touch the puzzle pieces, feel 'em, before I try to fit them together.

“We’re all crazy, Ms. Sutton. Some of us are simply crazier than others.”

The feel of the asylum is creepy enough but there's this presence of a hooded man within Alex's memories. This totally had me looking out my window kind of freaked out. I felt like someone was watching me, I started to feel a bit insane myself. I have to leave saying, that whatever you believe is the truth is not. I couldn't figure it out for the life of me. Lily White truly knocked this one out of the park with mystery, horror, and side characters that had me giggling like it was Christmas for the twisted. This has to be my favorite book so far by Lily White!
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334 reviews114 followers
February 21, 2015

wow...just wow...I legit felt as insane as Alex while reading this book!


The first person narrative was perfect for this book; letting the reader only know what is going on around Alex in HER POV, and no one else. It kept me in suspense the entire time!!!

I also loved reading about the other women in the asylum...they were all SOO messed up and they helped create the creepy setting of an institution that houses women who are truly insane.


Asylum had it all! Mystery, suspense, murder, GREAT sex scenes, sexy doctors, and not to mention- a variety of twists and turns!!! LOVED THIS BOOK!
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348 reviews233 followers
December 15, 2014


I'll just get right to it. What an anti-climactic ending for me..

Where was the twist?

Where was the mindfuckery?

I was actually waiting and guessing and excited to get to the end of this book.

I didn't *want* a HEA.. not from Lily or if it was a HEA I wanted it to be something that made me go.. "OMG! She did it to me again..."

But what she did to me was make me lay the book down and go... "ummm... meh."

I really felt like there was a big finish coming, but what I feel like I got was a rushed ending. Like Ms. White had to hurry and finish it with no time for her usual twists and turns.

The first 94% of the book was great, awesome in fact, as you can tell by my updates (see below) as I was reading. It had my mind going in all different directions. The last 6% just left me disappointed.

On the positive side, it WAS a great story, I was invested in the characters, all of them from the best to the worst. I was captivated by the story, I could picture it all. I thought the theme rooms were a bit far-fetched, but they still worked. I could see it all.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, if you're into HEA's and you like your reads a bit dark, but not too dark. Then this is definitely the book for you!

I'm going to give this book 3.5 stars, but rounding it up to 4. I liked it, I just didn't *love* it.


The Queen of Mindfuckery has a new book coming out? Oh, hell yeah! I'm SO there!

'cause Lily has a new book coming out!



The Queen of Mindfuckery has a new book coming out? Oh, hell yeah! I'm SO there!

'cause Lily has a new book coming out!


Profile Image for Dana aka ♥Belladonna♥ .
700 reviews179 followers
December 6, 2014

This book contains subject matter that may be triggering to some.

Alexandra Sutton doesn't remember how she wound up in the Statham Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Actually, she doesn't remember a lot of things. But despite not being able to remember, she is sure she didn't kill anyone. She can't be the "Black Widow" she is accused of being, can she?

Enter the handsome and enigmatic Dr. Jeremy Hutchins, the new Psychiatrist at Statham. He believes he has developed a new treatment that could help Alex. All she has to do is trust him implicitly... But is trust something she can risk giving in a place like the Asylum?

"Nothing can hurt you. It's all in your head. Remember that, okay?"

Wow. What a mind-fuck! It's been twenty-four hours since I finished this book and I'm still trying to work out some of the knots in my brain. With the story told from the point of view of a mental patient, it felt like I was the one that was crazy. I spent the entirety of the book second guessing myself as to what was real, who did what to whom, and why. There were a lot of secondary characters (I especially adored her fellow mental patients!). It did sometimes get to be a bit overwhelming keeping track of everyone, however they brought bits of levity that were desperately needed.

Overall, I really liked this book and would definitely recommend it to those looking for a Dark read.

*Thanks to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review*
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206 reviews366 followers
April 27, 2015
4 "I don't even know what normal feels like anymore" stars.

Wow, what a one hell of a crazy journey this had been. I don't even know where to begin with, quite frankly. I'm still struggling to find the right words to say. Every time I finish a Lily White book, I always find myself questioning my sanity, and then staring into nothingness like my life had just crumpled in front of me. I admit I'm not used to reading Lily's books where heavy bdsm, non-con, kidnapping, slavery, etc are not present. I like her books to be hardcore, to be more on the darker side like her Masters series. I was so excited when I began reading this because no one, I mean no one can give a good mind fuck like Lily White.

I'm surprised that Asylum is different compared to her other works. This book made me feel all sorts of conflicting emotions. It got me so screwed up in my brain to the point of screaming "What the fuck is going on here!" and pulling my hair like some lunatic I had become. Since it was told from Alexandra's perspective, we were left with so many questions. I wish that there were some POVs of Jeremy. I hate that this author always prove my guesses wrong. So many questions... yet the answers are still not enough. I was thankful for an epilogue though, we get to see behind Jeremy's eyes where some of the truths were finally revealed. All in all, this book was still great, even if there was no major climax where we get to be like "Holy Shit!" or when we get to say "What the fuck!" Still got my brain and feelings tied up into knots and that's why I am madly in love with this author. I hope I wouldn't end up like Elaine, lol.
Profile Image for  Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕.
959 reviews1,070 followers
May 5, 2015
3.5 STARS***

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Mentally deranged


However you want to put it,it comes down to one thing.Not right in the head.Alexandra a.k.a Alex has been in a well known State facility for the past year.Dubbed the "Black Widow" she has no recollection of the murders she's been accused of but she knows that she's innocent.

Dr.Jeremy Hutchins is the new psyscologist in the facility and he's taking a special interest in Alex.He goes out of his way to help her and tries to discover the truth.There's a instant attraction between the two of them and at first nothing was done quickly due to a Doctor/patient relationship.

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Now up until this point in the story,I quite enjoyed it and I got that feeling that something BIG was going to happen.I felt it damn it!! So I waited and waited.Waited some more.Oh look a flash back.Waited some more.As the story progressed,I was damn near on the edge of my seat because I KNOW there's a huge WTF moment coming and this will most likely require alcohol.

Well I should be careful what I wish for because that f@#king WTF moment at the end was NOT on my radar.I'm bloody confused and still scratching my head right now.I feel like I need to be on some sort of medication.

I had my suspicions about certain characters and I was right.But that ending? The F@#k? I cannot stress enough how much I did not see that coming and I'm VERY confused.What the hell was the point of that.How does that make what happened legendary? Everything in this story is like a puzzle and for that,this review is going to be very vague.

If you're looking for a crazy read then you should try this.Was it perfect? No. I had some issues with this but it was still quite enjoyable for me.
Profile Image for Beverly .
847 reviews102 followers
December 22, 2014
“We’re all crazy, Ms. Sutton. Some of us are simply crazier than others.”

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The title was intriguing. The blurb caught my attention and of course I am a big fan of Lily White, so I one-clicked this book without thinking it twice. Unfortunately the book wasn't as Dark as I was expecting it. I didn't connect that much with the characters. It's not a bad book, but it's not that good.

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I kept reading because i wanted to know the big reveal. At the end it wasn't that shocking.
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552 reviews42 followers
January 15, 2018
5+ Star's A total mind twister ~
The best I have read so far from Lily White

Asylum had me rocking and feeling like my mind had exploded , Lily White took me into the Asylum from page one I felt connected to Alex aka 'The Black Widow' who was sectioned into Statham Institution for the criminally insane a year ago but believes she woke up in the Asylum only a few months ago due to various murders of her previous lovers. Alex cannot remember anything from the past and only her brother, Daine from outside the Asylum to support and guide her.

Until.... The hot, sexy Dr Hutchins arrives and offers his new methods to try and draw out Alex's memories using a new kind of therapy.

The staff seem dark, evil and very dangerous, who are allowed to use drugs and shock treatment to control the patients and take what they want from them including full use of their bodies and minds.

The other patients made me laugh out loud and stood shoulder to shoulder.

Asylum is an amazing read, a dark erotic thriller that will leave you shocked and more than likely checking in to your local Institution for the insane ~ Highly recommended.
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181 reviews6 followers
December 11, 2014

Lily White is one of my favorite authors. I always know when I want a good mind fuck, she is the one to give it to me. I think that's what happened with this book, I had my sights set so high for this one. I mean, come on, the setting is in a mental institution. This had SO much potential. But the "climax" just fell flat for me. The epilogue was just meh.

stop here if you haven't read the book. Unless you like spoilers.

So, we have Alexandra who is dubbed the black widow in an asylum. They say she has killed her past lovers, but she can't remember any of it. (yes, I know. She had SO much potential to be a fucking lunatic.)

Dr. Jeremy Hutchins who has dedicated his time to fixing Alex, to find out what really happened. So his character, I didn't connect with him. I mean, we don't really get a feel of how long all the therapy took. The only time frame I could figure out what that she had been there for a year. I mean, when she was sleeping in the therapy room, did he never go home? WTF.

I did LOVE all the secondary characters. The girls in the institution were crazy hilarious. They creeped me out most of the time, but they played their parts well.

Terrie, I really wanted you to be the crazy one. I don't know why, but I really thought you were fucking insane, or either just a figment of imagination. Why did you take to Alex so much? I just didn't get it.

Anyway, the whole book was building up to this climax, that just fell flat out for me. I was hoping for so much more, like I wanted my mind to be so fucked I wouldn't be able to sleep for thinking about what happened. it was like a sexual experience where something is building and building, but then you just don't get off, and then you're kind of pissed about it.

Profile Image for London.
725 reviews
January 21, 2015
Title: Asylum
Author: Lily White
Rating: 3.75 "what the #*$%# is going on stars"
POV: first person heroine
Heat/Steam 3/5
Cliffhanger: . No.
Intolerable Heroine .No.
Über Douchebagery .uhhhhh.
Taboo Subject Matter .Yes.
Love Triangle

WHAT THE FUCK WAS THIS? I can say for 91% of the book I still had absolutely no idea wtf really happened. I was so confused because I thought the book was going to end with questions left unanswered. I mean the thing that happens after Alex's first therapy session? Did he? Did that really happen?

And then the epilogue. Omg that bastard! The epilogue was just...what in the ever loving shit!? Totally didn't see that coming and I still don't know how I feel about it. Bastard.

I'm at a loss for words.
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