Sometimes the past is better off buried.
Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they are apparently being followed.. And Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.
As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate—a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister connection with a notorious killer from the past. Now, Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.
In this finale to the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, found photographs help tell the story of three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity.
First off, I just need to say that that epilogue really did me in, emotionally. I’m glad Dan got that. Truly.
Now, for the rest of the book: this book is probably my favorite in the series. Mostly because everything started right off the bat, long before they even reached New Orleans. It’s not often that I’m gripped from the first sentence, but when I am, it usually means good things about the book.
I haven’t been that accepting of Dan and Abby’s maybe-romance in the first two books, but in this one, I liked that there were still hints of Dan’s attraction to her, but nothing was really acted on. A few hand-holding scenes here and there, but no conversation of what they are to each other, and now I’m kind of sad that nothing came of it. Which is surprising, believe me.
Dan’s voice was definitely more mature this time around. He actually came across as someone who’s just graduated and is on his way to university after one last hurrah with his best friends. And no friendship is perfect, and Jordan always was one for dramatics, but I’m glad that their “feud” didn’t last more than, what, a couple of chapters, at least?
Uncle Steve was a riot. I loved him. Oliver, it surprised me when he did what he did, and even though Jordan didn’t trust him from the word go, it was Sabrina that I kept side-eyeing. Because I don’t think Oliver would’ve done half as much as he did if he hadn’t have had his girlfriend whispering in his ear. How they’re still together, I’ll never know, but whatever works, I guess.
All in all, this is the best book in the entire series for me, and like I said at the beginning: that epilogue did me in emotionally. The writing was better, and the plot more concise even though there’s a part of the book that I’m still questioning why it was even there if nothing was going to come of it. Regarding the characters, I’m glad that everything worked out for everyone involved, and I’m glad that Dan trusted his adoptive parents with all of his issues and with everything that he’s been keeping from them since ‘Asylum.’
And I’m especially glad that the villain got what he deserved. Asshole.