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    Could have been good

    The athor started with a really good premise but then tried to make it "mysterious" by going back and forth in time. The present-day stuff is annoying and without backstory most if the characters are loathesome, which makes reading a chore. Nor is 90% of the backstory terribly surprising. A straight chronological telling would have been just as suspenseful if not moreso.
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    A good read!

    There was a time when hospitals for the insane were known as Stone Mothers. It was believed that even the architecture of the building could add to the eventual healing of the mentally ill. Erin Kelly takes us to Norfolk, England to a remote and isolated mental hospital originally known as the East Anglia Pauper Lunatic Asylum, and later known as Nazareth Hospital before it's closure in the mid-1980s. I found it very enlightening as we travel back and forth through time there, from the 1950s into the present, and explore the myriad changes the treatment of mental insanity has evolved through during that time frame. It is a lot to absorb, and add in the fact that several generations of the families of the small town of Nusstead depended solely on the hospital for employment. Even it's eventual reconstruction into apartments could not bring Nusstead back to life. The book is chillingly entertaining. I enjoyed or at least recognized most of the characters in this novel. We have all known these general types of crazy, one way or another. I found it interesting and a bit intimidating that almost immediately after introduction my mind was able to envision what that character was going to do, next. Well, except for the Right Honorable Helen Greenlaw - she managed to surprise me several times. Altogether an entertaining story after you get past the self-diagnosis stage. I am happy to enthusiastically recommend this novel to friends and family. You may not be as crazy as you think... I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Erin Kelly, and Hodder & Stoughton. I have read and reviewed this novel of my own volition. This review reflects my honest opinion of this work.

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