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The Asylum by Johan Theorin

The Asylum (2011)

by Johan Theorin

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En riktigt dålig bok ifrån en författare som i vanliga fall skriver mycket bra böcker. ( )
  MaraBlaise | Dec 14, 2017 |
This novel is narrated from the point of view of Jan, a young man who is a child care worker. He is seeking employment at a nursery school which is part of a mental institution in which are housed some of Sweden's most violent insane criminals. While the nursery school is not located on the grounds of the institution, it is connected to the institution by an underground tunnel leading to a basement with an elevator up into the premises of the institution. The nursery school/day care is attended by children of the inmates, and they are brought to visit their parents through this tunnel.

From the beginning, we can see that Jan is a competent and caring caregiver. However, from the beginning we can also see that there are some questionable events in his past. We know he is interested in the job at the nursery because of his obsession with a singer who is reportedly an inmate at the institution. We also know that there was an incident in his past when a child under his care went missing. As he begins work, we also learn that some of his coworkers have hidden reasons of their own for working at the nursery school.

This was an interesting read, and well-written, but I wouldn't call it top-notch Scandi-crime. It was competently plotted, although perhaps a little long, and internally cohesive (it all made sense in the end). It just wasn't compelling. ( )
  arubabookwoman | Mar 1, 2017 |
Förskolepedagogen Jan Hauger börjar arbeta på en förskola som ligger brevid Sankta Patricias murar. Sankta Patricia är ett mentalsjukhus där farliga brottslingar vårdas. Barnen som går på förskolan intill är barn till patienterna på mentalsjukhuset. Jan Hauger får följa med barnen genom underjordiska gångar för att hälsa på sina föräldrar på sjukhuset. Vad ingen vet är att Jan har börjat arbeta på just denna förskola för att han en av patienterna på sjukhuset vid namn Alice Rami som han varit förtjust i sen tonåren. Jag tycker att boken var väldigt spännande från början till slut och hade svårt att sluta läsa den. ( )
  Veronikaaa | Sep 11, 2016 |
En riktigt dålig bok ifrån en författare som i vanliga fall skriver mycket bra böcker. ( )
  | Feb 9, 2016 | edit |
I was initially reluctant to read The Asylum, and for a time my progress was a little tentative, as the subject matter involves children and a child carer of suspect character and with a troubled past. Given the story is told from the main character's point of view, albeit in the third person, there is an unsettling feeling in having such access to his train of thought, his mindset. But if you stick with it, this slow moving psychological thriller will not disappoint, providing you don't mind a story that doesn't really allow you to side with, or feel sympathy for the main character, indeed any character, for fear that your sympathies might be ill-placed. Thus an unease stays with you throughout.

In the story Jan, the main character, takes a job as a child carer in a day care center attached to a psychiatric hospital. The children in this day care center are the offspring of some of the inmates of the hospital, and they are allowed in on regular visits to their parents via a connecting passageway. Supposedly housed in the hospital is a woman from Jan's past whom he hopes to make contact with again. Indeed its his reason for applying for this particular post. Jan's past is revealed piece by piece, including his previous association with this woman, his previous employment in another pre-school and a particular experience that left an obvious mark on him. There are others of course held in the hospital, include a child killer, with whom another working in the day care center has contact. The plot thickens!

The story's psychological aspect, the tension, the uncertainty, all are its strongest points, and despite some unlikely circumstances, the slow pace, and an ending that is not quite the equal of the rest of the book, this book is still worth your attention. That being said, it is not quite on a par with the author's best. ( )
  ebyrne41 | Sep 4, 2014 |
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A dark passageway leads from the nursery to Saint Patricia's asylum. Those who enter are innocents: children visiting their parents. Those inside are some of the most dangerous psychopaths in the country.

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