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    Horror more than Supernatural

    Supernatural is one of the genre's that I enjoy the most. This novel seemed to promise it all, it is the second Kathy Ryan book but I did not feel like I was missing anything. It can definitely be read as a stand alone book. Kathy is employed to investigate Henry Banks at the Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane. coincidentally the same facility that houses her brother. Henry is believed to be a threat by her employers, he can use his mind to create Tulpas. Unfortunately for everyone the Tuplas have a mind of their own, so to speak, and want to exist independently of Henry. It is up to Kathy, with the help of the brother she detests, to put a stop to it. The premise was fantastic, I however found the book unnecessarily gory and I do not shy away from supernatural or horror novels. The gore and many,many,many deaths were gratuitous for me. If you expect this going in you may well enjoy the novel more. Thank you #Netgalley and #Kensingtonbooks for the ARC of #InsidetheAsylum in exchange for my honest review.
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    Great supernatural series

    Inside the Asylum by Mary SanGiovanni is the third in the Kathy Ryan series. She is an Occult Security Consultant, who was originally introduced in the book “Chills” (which some don’t count), and then returned in “Behind the Door”. Now we see her again, so I’m going with this is the third book. However, they all could be read as stand-alone novels – so far, anyway. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Kensington Books/Lyrical Underground, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Series Background: (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books) Kathy Ryan is called by police forces across the country when strange things are found. She is one of the leading experts in occult practices, ancient grimoires, devil worship, blood sacrifices, and rites to archaic gods and monsters. The reason behind her expertise is not well-known, but most agree that it has something to do with the scar that runs down her face. Her brother, once a member of a cult, and now in a mental hospital, is responsible for that scar. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) A visit to the state-run Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane on behalf of one of her clients makes Kathy a little uncomfortable. She has been to the facility before, but doesn’t like it. Her brother is one of the “inmates”, and her memories of him are not pleasant. However, this visit is not about him….initially at least. What Kathy finds, is Henry Banks. As a child, Henry created a whole world in his head, complete with entities who protected him from the real-life abuse he suffered. As a man, he is locked up in a mental hospital for murder, and he insists he is innocent. His “friends” killed the teenagers, not him. Kathy fears that may be true. For Henry Banks has developed the ability to create “Tulpas”, creatures so vivid in his mind, that they actually come to life. Unfortunately, now they are loose in the Hospital, and they want to stay free. Kathy will have to trust her brother in order to stop the Tulpas from taking over. My Opinions: I am enjoying this series. First up, it is not for everyone. Part supernatural, part true horror, Mary SanGiovanni doesn’t shirk away from the gore, so be warned. Her writing is excellent, so you can almost see the blood spurt, and you want to step back. The characters in this series come alive on the page, and in your mind, whether you want them there or not. I love the relationship between Kathy and her brother. It is complicated, as all sibling relationships are, but more so since Toby is a psychopath, and can’t really feel emotions. They say love and hate are opposite, yet they are closer than you think. This is a really fast-paced novel, with non-stop action, and at times you wonder if anyone will survive. Cheering for a character is treacherous. Each book gets better, and I can’t wait to see what this author throws at us next!
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    Occult in Action

    This story is about a woman who has a brother in an asylum. Also in the asylum is Henry. Henry has made a make believe world in order to protect himself from abuse. His imaginary friends killed some teenagers that broke into his home with the intent to hurt him. Now he's in the asylum, because no one believes that he didn't commit the crime. The woman is sent to investigate his claims. She investigates the occult. She's a freelance investigator. Unusual things begin to happen in the asylum. People are dying, and it's not clear how they died or who murdered them. An excellent story that has you on the edge of your seat.
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