A Night at the Asylum by Jade McCahon © 2013, Createspace
Sara Featherstone is a lost soul. Her beloved brother recently died in a motorcycle “accident.” She feels trapped working at the family diner, and hates her suburban small town, dominated by the evil Sutter family. On a late night convenience store trip, Sara is accosted by one of the Sutters, and by an unfortunate twist, lands in police custody. Thus begins a tense, supernatural saga that will bring down the Sutters, avenge Sara’s brother’s death, and help her find love in, of all things, the one Sutter with a heart.
So, a sympathetic heroine with a worthy goal, a loathsome antagonist, plenty of conflict with mystery and supernatural flavor, and a surprise love interest—all the makings of a good story, and McCahon has made one here. Sara’s “voice” is engaging, her plight and motivations understandable. It’s a quick story, and fun throughout.
The about-to-be-demolished asylum is where all the important evidence implicating a particular Sutter is hidden. The fact it’s an asylum wasn’t terribly important to the story other than to provide a creepy setting for the Sara-Sutter showdown, but that’s okay. Asylum is a self-published work that proves indie books can be great reading. It will remain on my permanent bookshelf, and I will be reading more of McCahon. You should, too!