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.
New York Times Bestselling Author of the ASYLUM series, Allison Hewitt Is Trapped, Sadie Walker Is Stranded and the upcoming House of Furies series.
MADELEINE ROUX received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly after, she began the experimental fiction blog Allison Hewitt Is Trapped. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped quickly spread throughout the blogosphere, bringing a unique serial fiction experience to readers.
Born in Minnesota, she now lives and works in Seattle, Washington.
This series has been fantastic. I was so happy to see all the pieces fit together and enjoyed the twists and turns along the ride. The ending was what I was hoping for so badly! I’m excited to read the last novella but also sad because that will be the end of the series. I honestly feel I could read 10 more books following each of these characters.
I've been invested in this from the start and while I've rated all the books three stars, I still enjoyed reading them. I didn't love them but I couldn't put my finger on what I didn't like.
I'm really not sure what about this book I didn't like. It wasn't the writing style but kinda was, it wasn't the characters but it kinda was, it wasn't the plot but it kinda was. It was just an overall... good. I felt like as a critical reader, I had to turn off the critical part of my brain so I could get though this book. A lot of the things that happened just happened to move the plot along. It felt really planned and well thought out. I felt somethings could have been written differently and maybe a little bit better. The whole plot felt a little like a cheap horror movie. That's not a bad thing but it wasn't really for me.
I never really got into the characters. They were very normal and a little plain. Again, not a bad thing. It just wasn't for me.
Overall, Catacomb, like the other two books in the series, is a good read. It's not one of my favorites but there's really nothing wrong with it. A lot of people compare this series with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (and rightly so. It's remarkably similar) and I personally like Miss Peregrine's a million times more. But if you're looking a quick read, this series is a good place to start.
Catacomb (Asylum #3), Madeleine Roux The third book in the Asylum series follows three teens as they take a senior year road trip to one of America's most haunted cities, uncovering dangerous secrets from their past along the way. With all the thrills, chills, and eerie found photographs that led Publishers Weekly to call Asylum "a strong YA debut," Catacomb is perfect for fans for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 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're being followed . . . and photographed. Then Dan starts receiving messages from someone he didn't expect to hear from again, someone who died last Halloween. When the trio arrives in New Orleans and the strange occurrences only 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 fascination with notorious killers of the past. Now Dan's only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive. Don't miss Madeleine Roux's all-new Gothic horror novel, House of Furies.
عنوانها: دخمه؛ گور دخمه؛ نویسنده: مادلین روکس؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هشتم ماه اکتبر سال 2017 میلادی عنوان: دخمه؛ نویسنده: مادلین روکس؛ مترجم: محمدمهدی خداقلیپور؛ تهران: انتشارات ریواس، 1395؛ در 392 ص؛ شابک: 9786008476783؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده 21 م عنوان: گوردخمه (گور دخمه)؛ نویسنده: مدلین روو؛ برگردان: امیرمهدی عاطفینیا؛ دبیر مجموعه: نیما کهندانی؛ تهران: نشر باژ، چاپ اول تا سوم چاپ 1396؛ در 394 ص؛ شابک: 9786009840946؛ چاپ چهارم 1397؛
گاهی اوقات همان بهتر که گذشته مدفون بماند. سال آخر دبیرستان سرانجام به پایان میرسد. دن، اَبی و جردن پس از مشکلاتی که پشت سر گذاشته اند، با هیجان بسیار آماده هستند تا با هم به سفری جاده ای بروند، و حتی به ذهنشان خطور هم نمیکند، که در پایان تابستان چه رویدادی رخ خواهد داد. این سه دوست، در مسیر سفرشان برای دیدار با عموی جردن در نیواورلئان، متوجه میشوند که تحت تعقیب هستند...، و کسی از آنها عکس میگیرد. سپس دن به تدریج پیامهایی از شخصی دریافت میکند، که انتظار ندارد دوباره خبری از او بشنود؛ کسی که هالووین گذشته مُرده است. وقتی این سه نفر به نیواورلئان میرسند، رویدادهای عجیب بیشتر میشود، دن به ناچار میپذیرد اتفاقاتی که یک سال گذشته از سر گذرانده، نه تنها احتمالاً تصادفی نبوده است، بلکه به نوعی با سرنوشت او گره خورده است؛ سرنوشتی که دن را با گروهی به اسم هنرمندان استخوان مرتبط میسازد، کسانی که علاقه ی شدیدی به قاتلان بدنام گذشته دارند. اکنون تنها امید دن این است که از سفرش در آخرین سال دبیرستان، جان سالم به در ببرد. ا. شربیانی
“How many times did he have to learn that things could always get worse?"
Vaya caída en picada han tenido estos libros para mí. Lo que empezó siendo una historia súper aterradora sobre un asilo mental se ha deformado muchísimo y he perdido completamente el interés y hasta el hilo de la historia. Las conexiones que se van creando de un libro a otro son tan tenues que se notan súper forzadas y ni qué decir de la ambientación de horror... pues ni rastro hay de ella ya.
A pesar de que el libro no me enganchó para nada, le doy como punto positivo que me lo devoré, ni idea por qué. Quizá lo único que rescato de Catacomb son las fotografías que hay a lo largo de las páginas pues, a diferencia de la historia en sí misma, sí que son escalofriantes.
Estaba emocionada por leer como iba a terminar todo, ya que las ideas y la información que nos dieron tanto en los libros que conforman la saga como las historias cortas no me pareció suficiente, era un reto pero acabaron bien... al final sentí un poco forzadas las ideas que se plantearon para hacer una especie de "pegote" que le dio solución a todos los problemas, olvidando al menos a mi parecer que era una historia de terror, sacó tintes medio sentimentales que ni al caso, sin contar con que la historia que le precede nos plateó un universo mucho mejor estructurado y la aparición de un misterio nuevo que pensé iba a tener mas relevancia al final y sobre todo en este libro, pero por desgracia no fue así y siguió una linea bastante difusa.
“Be not too happy nor too proud Beware your luck, crow not too loud; The Bone Artist steals and then he leaves”
Discrete series finale, but has definitely a lot of flaws and out of the three this is definitely the weakest, my personal opinion. It was cool to have once again our trio reunited for one last adventure. This setting is way quieter than the previous two. In fact in here we are simply in a common town. There seems to be nothing too creepy about it. An this is for sure one of the things that I wasn’t a fan of in here.
There’s ton of mystery in this last book. I think that out of the three this is the one with less horror vibes. I like mystery but knowing how the series started and developed I expected some creepier things, maybe? The best part tho, was diving into Dan’s past even more and we finally uncover very interesting facts and can finally put all the pieces together to finally have a conclusion and explanation of what really happened. I hoped that there were included way more references and connections to the last two books but there’s so little that I found it pretty disappointing. I thought that his story was way more connected to all the mess that was especially book one, with the Brookline thing, but it’s barely mentioned here, unfortunately. You have to take the story as if it’s yes connected but for the majority it’s completely a new mystery to solve.
Another thing that I was a little bit let down were the pictures. As I remember writing in the last review, even in this book they were pretty disconnected except for some photos and frames that were well faithfully reported. Nothing too creepy here tho, in the very first book some of the pictures were pretty creepy and some even disturbing then all of this faded away and that’s a pity.
I had another little problem with the side characters in this last story. They were very flat and I couldn’t honestly attach or care for them. They were put there pretty randomly in my opinion and pretty randomly the acted and later “disappeared”.
I hoped to like this final adventure, but it was still fun to read. I have to make a comparison with how everything started and I can personally feel a downgrade of the series. The first book was SO GOOD, the second was still pretty exciting but not as good and the third one is an okay finale only. Nothing too crazy or exciting. I thought I’d get a super creepy and scary last story but it was simply a cool mystery ending with a fairly good amount of action.
Three books later, end of the series, and I'm still wondering 'actual ghosts or not?'
The trio re-unite for one last book as they take a cross-country road trip to New Orleans, where Jordan will be moving in with his uncle. Things can never be that simple, however, and they soon run into trouble with a group of criminals who may have been involved with the disappearance of Dan's parents.
This was a definite improvement from the last book. While there was still the odd moment that didn't go anywhere (like the mechanic who helps with their car), the plot here was a lot more cohesive, in the end. Dan's urgency in his search for information on his parents felt realistic, and I was curious to see how the New Orleans 'Mafia' tied into the plot. It was actually almost creepy, a lot more similar to the feel of the first book (though still not quite as good). I still didn't feel a great deal of attachment to the characters, which says something after three books getting to know them. We see more of Dan's mysterious abilities in this book as well, which seem to verify them as being an actual ability rather than hallucinations. Visions of his parents lead him to finding old letters in an abandoned building, Micah's spirits 'facebooks' him in order to warn him of danger (yes, seriously). Not sure about actual ghosts, but something is definitely going on with him. I also enjoyed the setting here quite a bit - I love reading about New Orleans, and books set there. I was just disappointed that more wasn't done to tie the history and setting into the story. It makes sense, as other books in the series were just sort of blandly 'in Maine' - location is more of a backdrop than anything. The only reason the book seems to have been set in New Orleans is to take advantage of the spooky sub-culture tied into the place with all it's history of Vodun and characters like Marie Leveaux. need to fact-check/spell-check these.
Overall it was entertaining, and better than the last book.
This series just keeps getting better and better with each book. I'm almost sad this is the last one because I was really enjoying this series and could totally go for more! I love the creepiness of the story and how all the details from the first two books are so well wrapped up in the final one. It all tied together in a way I could never have imagined. I also thoroughly enjoyed the setting of New Orleans for this instalment. It was the perfect atmosphere for what was going on. And the ending! I was really not expecting that twist. All in all, I absolutely loved this whole series!
I almost feel bad for how I felt about this book. I tried to convince myself that I liked it but I just didn't. I wanted it to be over so badly. I really enjoyed the first two but my god I was bored with this one. I kept forgetting who new characters were because I couldn't have cared less. The romance between Dan and Abby yet again went nowhere and was completely unnecessary. Talk about zero chemistry. I'm fine with a book not focusing on a romance, it's actually a welcome change - but it would be nice to know they weren't brother and sister lol Omg - that ending. I hated the ending. It was just one of those endings that was so convenient. It was too cheesy for me. Just no.
The writing wasn't bad, it was fine. The plot was just weak to me. I think I'm done with these characters - I hope Roux moves onto to another project next. Again, this opinion is just my own so no need to get upset with me. I am glad if the story worked for you, just really didn't for me.
I started this book 2 years ago and only got about 50 pages in, when I was distracted by other books. I decided better now, then never and picked it up on audio. It only took a few days to listen to the whole thing and I have to say... Reading the physical copy is way better than listening to it on audio. There are creepy photographs that I missed through out the entire story that might have brought a little bit more pizzazz to the story. Unfortunately I didn't really care for the narrator either. Maybe it was just hearing the words out loud that made me like this book the least in the trilogy. All I know is it wasn't a very good conclusion to a pretty creepy start. 3 stars.
One of the worst things ever is to pick up a duology, trilogy or series, read it all the way through and realize the wrap up and ending to the story is a dud. Mediocre. Lack-luster. Boo. Humbug. That is the exact feeling I had with this 3rd installment of the story. In book one "Asylum", the theme or the setting of the story is in an abandoned and re-purposed building in New England. It went from an asylum to a college. The basement was super creepy. Learning about the Director of the asylum was creepy. Then we have book two "Sanctum", which takes place at the same college, but delves deeper into its past and adds a bit of secret society and murder to the mix. This book. Book three "Catacomb" I was really hoping you be substantial. When I think of Catacomb, I think of the one in Paris with all the maze-like tunnels surrounded by the dead. This one [catacomb], isn't as special.
"Catacomb" is set in New Orleans, Dan and his friends are going across country to help Jordan move. Through out the drive Abby is begging to stop at all these historical sites so she can take pictures and research a pretty bad man. He was a gambler and helped transfer drugs and goods from the south to the north with the help of the "Bone Artists". They are like the mob, but with the dead...? They end up being sucked into another dangerous situation, a la, the first two books. I just felt this one to be so much more lame than the previous stories.
It's been a year since book one. Dan and gang have graduated from high school and are ready to decide their future. Jordan is gay and his parents aren't happy with his life choices, so he heads down to Louisiana to live with his Uncle Steve. They are pretty close and share a lot of similarities. Abby hasn't really decided what she wants to do. She is thinking of taking a year off to work on her pictures/photos. Maybe have them displayed in a gallery. Dan, well Dan is the straight and narrow kind of guy and has already picked his college and is ready. He is sad that this might be the last hurrah with his friends.
Once the gang reach New Orleans, a lot of explainable things happen. Dan of course can explain them, but his friends don't believe or don't want to believe him. Dan spends the whole book trying to convince them that he isn't crazy, hasn't made any of this up and all of it is actually happening. In my mind that is Scully Syndrome. I hate when characters see things with their own eyes and then scoff at it's absurdity.
I don't know what more to say about this one. It seemed that the kids took forever to get to New Orleans and then once they were there the plot shot forward quickly and then the book was over. Everything was well explained, I just thought it could have used a little bit more meat and potatoes.
-------------------------------------------------------------- Point of View: Single (Dan) Writing: First Person | Past Tense Setting: New Orleans Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal/Ghost --------------------------------------------------------------
I have a complected relationship with this series. On one hand I enjoy the paranormal, creepy stuff and whatnot about this book, but on the other hand, at times things feel too dragging which lead to me being bored and not wanting to read anymore.
Anyway, I sort of liked this book. Mainly at the beginning and some parts near the ending. The major part in the middle, though, I didn't find it very interesting.
Since I read the ARC version of the book, some of the photos hadn't been added yet. What a buzzkill, right? Still the ones that were already added were pretty good. Some did give me chills. Or maybe it was because I mostly picked this book up to read pretty late at night.
By now it's safe for me to say that I'm not a fan of this author's writing. Don't get me wrong because she is pretty awesome in her own way. What I'm trying to point out is the writing is a little too messy for my taste. There were times that I felt like the story jumped way to fast from one scene to the next that it seemed like I skipped some parts of the book. However, most of the times, the story seemed to stay in one place and more often than not, things got pretty repetitive.
All I have say is that this book wasn't too bad, but it wasn't that interesting. I would have enjoyed it way better if it wasn't too slow.
Solid ending to the series. It was creepy, action packed, goofy at times. I really enjoyed this series. I'm not usually one for creepy stories but these were very well written to make them the perfect amount of creepy. And I loved that this book was set in New Orleans because of the history and the stories that come out of that city made it the perfect backdrop.
I loved this book it was the best finale to a series that I have read in a while. I loved the characters even more in this book especially Dan,Abby and Jordan they were so well written. In this book Dan is still trying to put together the pieces of what is happening to him and what exactly happened to his parents and solve the mystery behind everything else that has been going on. I loved the plot it moved at a really good pace it starts with a road trip that leads into a really interesting horror themed mystery that just gets better as it unravels. So overall I loved this series will read more by the author soon.
به عنوان پایان مجموعه زیاد ازش راضی نبودم. داستان نسبت به دو جلد اول سوژه اش که دانشگاه و اون تیمارستان بود عوض شد. و واقعا هم دیگه کششی نداشت تو هر سه جلد برن توی تیمارستان. داستان بیشتر حول خانواده دن و هویت پدر و مادرش بود. انجمن هنرمندان استخوان واقعا خوب بود ولی خوب زیاد نویسنده بهش نپرداخته بود. با اون شعری که نوشته بود توقع داشتم یه انجمن شاعرانه ی روانی باشن و کلی میشد روش مانور داد و مرموز و خفنش کرد ولی خوب نکرد. فینووی هم که اونجوری خودشو تو تله انداخت. فقط خاست جمعش کنه. در حالی که خیلی بهتر میشد تمومش کرد. کلا این انجمن هنرمندان استخوان به نظرم خیلی میتونست بهتر از اون تیمارستان و پزشکای روانیش باشه. طلسم فروشی و قدرت گرفتن از خون مرده ها. واقعا ایده اش خوب بود
Such a good conclusion to this trilogy! I love that all 3 of the books were connected, but only slightly, and had their own stories in each of them. I feel like all 3 of the characters got really satisfying endings, but I love the ending that Dan got especially. There was a lot of room for the reader to create an idea of how the book ended and I really enjoyed that as I don't think there was any need for the book to tell us how everyone's life turned out.
My one and only issue is that, as someone stated on a status update I posted, many of these pictures are thrown in seemingly with no reason. Now, I love creepy and weird pictures, but some of them made no sense. But others, I really loved the inclusion of them.
Dan, Abby & Jordan are headed to New Orleans to drop Jordan off with his uncle. It's a cross-country road trip as kind of "their last hurrah" before they all go to college. Of course, Dan is still trying to figure out his past and he is plagued by spooky messages. They are also being followed, and someone is photographing them...
So, I think this is the final book in the Asylum trilogy (not counting all the novellas from the same world). I read the first two books a while ago and I don't remember many details from them. I glanced at my reviews and that helped a bit. I loved the first two, but this one was a bit disappointing - I didn't get the creepiness. It does wrap up a few mysteries about Dan's past.
I don't know what else to say, I guess this one was just meh.
Tengo que decir que fue uno de los libros que menos me gusto de la saga, tarda mucho en llegar a lo que verdaderamente importa, y siento que la vuelta que le dio la autora para poder engancharlos con los demás libros fue muy forzado. Le encontré poca relación con los demás libros, creo que hubiese sido mejorar hacer un poquito mas largo Sanctum pero que cerrar en el la historia. Sin embargo fue lindo cerrar la etapa de Dan, ahora solo me faltan los extras 3.5 y el 0.5
«گوردخمه» کتابیه که مجموعه تیمارستان خیلی واضح توش به جنون میرسه. ایده ی کلی داستان انقدر دارک و کریپی و تمیز بود که سرخوردگیم از بد نوشته شدن کتاب رو حتی بیشتر میکرد. (بله میدونم تمیز زیاد کنار دارک و کریپی معنی نمیده اما این هنرمند استخوان رو فقط با این سهتا میتونم بیان کنم.)
جلد سوم آشفته نوشته شده. خیلی چیزها ناتموم موندن اما نه اونطور که ته جلد ته ذهنت سوال بذارن. فقط در جریان کتاب اتفاق افتاده بودن ولی تا انتها اشارهای بهشون نشده بود.
با اینکه من ایده ی این کتاب رو به خاطر دلایلی که بالاتر ذکر کردم بیشتر دوست دارم، اما بزرگترین مشکل این کتاب این بود که اصلا نباید توی این مجموعه میبود. داستان به کلی از «دنیل کرافورد» جدا میشه و علارغم یک فرد که مثلا نقطه ی ارتباط دو جلد قبلی با این کتاب هست، اصلا ارتباطی ندارن. مجموعه به کل وارد فضایی جدید و بیربط به قبلی میشه که شخصیتهایی که قراره وارد شن، بهشون درست پرداخته نشده در کتابهای قبل که در کتاب سوم بهشون اهمیت داد. همین خودش ضعف بزرگیه. نشون میده نویسنده از قبل نوشتن جلد یک به اینجا فکر نکرده بوده.
علاوه بر اینها، پایان کتاب اصلا چیزی نبود که پایان حساب بشه. رویاروییهای این کتاب پراکنده و بیربط بودن و خط داستانی رو طوری که باید جلو نمیبردن. مقابله ی آخر هم بسیار ضعیفه.
پشیمون نیستم از خوندنش چون ایدهش یکی از جالبترین ایدههاییه که دیدم. هنرمند استخوان پتانسیل خیلی بهتر از اینها شدن رو داشت اما درست بهش پرداخته نشده بود؛ چه در ذهن مدلین روو و چه در کتاب. الآن فقط عصبانیام که چرا همچین ایدهای باید همچین داستانی بگیره.
خیلی گیر کرده بودم که ۲.۵ باشه یا ۳. ایده ی کتاب واقعا ۵ستاره بود اما اگه نظرم راجع به کتاب رو بخواین باید بگم ۱.۵ یا ۲. قضاوت با خودتون.
I’ve had it with the Asylum series. When I picked up Catacomb, I at least expected it would somehow be connected to the other books, but apart from having the same main characters, there is no connection at all, except an extremely loose one. The mystery doesn’t build on upon the storyline already set out in book one and two. Instead, we get a new location, a new villain, and whatever ties there still are to Brooklyn and the asylum, they’re so disjointed they make no sense and make for some extreme coincidences that aren’t believable at all. Since this is fiction, I’m willing to stretch my imagination but this is too far-fetched, even for me. On top of that, we find out more about Dan’s past and it’s so utterly and totally ridiculous. Dan sure is some special cookie – now he has a crazy great-uncle who did terrible experiments on people in an asylum, but his parents were journalists murdered on the job by some strange cult that enjoys using human bones in their insane rituals.
Instead of continuing on the legacy left behind by Dan’s great-uncle and exploring that more, this book takes place in New Orleans, where our three friends hang out because Jordan is moving there. On the way there, some stuff happens that is supposed to be freaky but isn’t, and there, they stumble upon the Bone Artists, and a sinister connection to the past. They also meet some people who are so boring and one-dimensional I’ve already forgotten their names, and I finished the book last week.
Everything that happens is so unlikely I just wanted to rip my hair out. That is, along with how disjointed the plot is, my major issue with this book. It just screams deus ex machina. Things happen randomly and Dan happens to be where he needs to be every freaking time. I can forgive a coincidence or two, but this was just too much.
The lack of overarching plot is so annoying. Every book you pick up reads like a new book. Well, fine, but I’m not willing to buy that every city has some crazy cult running around. I can buy that once, but not twice.
On top of that, Dan and his friends just get flatter and flatter. They had sparks of personality in book one, but by now they’re so dull and one-dimensional you might as well replace them by cardboard figures. They don’t develop. They don’t change, they don’t grow. I barely got to know them, and I spent three books by their side.
All in all, this series started out great for me, but went downhill fast. I wouldn’t recommend it, especially not if you’re looking for horror! Despite the creepy cover, there’s not an ounce of creepiness anywhere in this book.
She should have stop at book one. I didn't care about the characters and neither about the plot. Not scary at all.. But I'll still read the prequel and her "gothic" trilogy because they sound pretty good!