Bringing an absorbing story together with striking imagery, vivid history and a cast of inspired characters, Blue Asylum creates a truly unique voyage into the art of literary fiction. I found the experience of the novel, the feel of its setting and the uniqueness of its narrative to be especially entertaining. Author Kathy Hepinstall offers a remarkable talent for creating fascinating characters and a depth of artistry that reflects itself in her creative prose. There’s an indiscernible element to Blue Asylum that makes capturing its effect a bit difficult; everything about it seems to stand in such uniqueness that the reader finds themselves searching for new words to describe it. Whatever it is, it contributes to a wonderful result and lends a sense of finality to the novel’s unforgettable power.
In the direness of her circumstances and the drama of her plight, Iris remains a steadfast and essentially unflappable heroine, though I also appreciated that she isn’t without her imperfections of nature as well. She’s a woman fighting a battle she doesn’t fully understand, and Hepinstall shows no hesitation in bringing the realities down on Iris as the story progresses; the author knows what her heroine and her readers can handle, and she delivers just that. One of the many unique things about the book is the narrative: Hepinstall will occasionally break away from one character to allow us into the world of another, and she does this in a way that enriches the novel without confusing its flow. Additionally, her form of writing offers a lyrical, poetic diversion from rule and explores the creativity of thought, something I found very engaging.
I think Blue Asylum is essential to readers who appreciate a significant literary experience, as well as those who enjoy edge-of-your-seat suspense and, of course, timeless romance. It’s a book you’ll want to devour and savor all at once.
Title: Blue Asylum Author: Kathy Hepinstall Genre: History, Romance, Suspense Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Format: Hardcover Release date: April 10, 2012 Source: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (C/O) Buy the book: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Better World Books Connect with the author: Website