The Friday 56 #176 ~ The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls

Posted: February 9, 2018 in Fantasy, Historical, horror, The Friday 56
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Welcome to The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice.


This is a really fun meme!

The only rules are to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader and find a sentence or a few (no spoilers) that grabs you and post it.

Then go over to Freda’s Voice and leave your link so we can visit your 56!

My 56 for this week is from:

The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls

  by Emilie Autumn



Genre: Horror / Historical Fantasy and Non-Fiction

My 56 from the eBook.

I have never taken a drug that wasn’t prescribed; I have never smoked a cigarette; I have never been addicted to anything except the sight of my own blood and the pain that comes with it.

What nobody seems to understand is that this behavior is not the cause of the illness – it is the result of it.


Read on if you want to know more.


Two young women, living centuries apart, both accused of madness, communicate across time to fight a common enemy… their doctors.

“It was the dog who found me.”

Such is the stark confession launching the harrowing scene that begins The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls as Emilie Autumn, a young musician on the verge of a bright career, attempts suicide by overdosing on the antipsychotics prescribed to treat her bipolar disorder. Upon being discovered, Emilie is revived and immediately incarcerated in a maximum-security psych ward, despite her protestations that she is not crazy, and can provide valid reasons for her actions if someone would only listen.

Treated as a criminal, heavily medicated, and stripped of all freedoms, Emilie is denied communication with the outside world, and falls prey to the unwelcome attentions of Dr. Sharp, head of the hospital’s psychiatry department. As Dr. Sharp grows more predatory by the day, Emilie begins a secret diary to document her terrifying experience, and to maintain her sanity in this environment that could surely drive anyone mad. But when Emilie opens her notebook to find a desperate letter from a young woman imprisoned within an insane asylum in Victorian England, and bearing her own name and description, a portal to another world is blasted wide open.

As these letters from the past continue to appear, Emilie escapes further into this mysterious alternate reality where sisterhoods are formed, romance between female inmates blossoms, striped wallpaper writhes with ghosts, and highly intellectual rats speak the Queen’s English.

But is it real? Or is Emilie truly as mad as she is constantly told she is?

The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls blurs harsh reality and magical historical fantasy whilst issuing a scathing critique of society’s treatment of women and the mental health care industry’s treatment of its patients, showing in the process that little has changed throughout the ages.

Welcome to the Asylum. Are you committed?



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  1. I’ve had this on my Amazon wishlist for some time but was actually able to see and grab it for free a few weeks back. Now I’m glad I did.

  2. Kathy Martin says:

    Sounds really twisted and creepy. This week I have The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller. Happy reading!

  3. Sounds freaking cool!!! :-) Happy weekend!

  4. Ooh, being locked away in an asylum sounds like true horror. I want to know more…definitely. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “THE PERFECT ROOMMATE”

  5. Ooooo Creepy cool cover and an asylum….can’t go wrong with that…reading wise. lol
    sherry @ fundinmental

  6. Are you enjoying this one? It’s on my wishlist. :)

  7. Greg Hill says:

    Ooh I like the sound of this one! Dual timelines can be fun, and the asylum sounds creepy. I might have to look into this one!

  8. Breana M. says:

    This one sounds like it could be okay. I hope you enjoy it.

  9. Kwizgiver says:

    What a cool book! Must read!

  10. This sounds like an incredible read. The cover is so haunting as well. Enjoy your weekend!

  11. bevbou says:

    Oh wow, this sounds so good. I think it’s going on my list – maybe I’ll also get lucky…

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I had added it to my Amazon wish list and was notified about it being free. Love that they let you know about sales and freebies for authors and books on the list.

  12. Wow, wow, wow!! This sounds like something that is right up my alley! Thanks for drawing my attention to this book, Laura!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

  13. Daniela Ark says:

    I CANNOT tell you how intrigues I am about this book LAura! I missed the ARC and the freebie and I AM SO MAD AT MYSELF. I AM SO READING IT! That cover is one of my favorite covers EVER

  14. Loreen says:

    Wow! The title alone makes me want to read it! Thanks for stopping by my blog. 😬

  15. Ashley S. says:

    Ooh this sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend! :)

  16. Wow, this one sounds intense and pretty amazing!

  17. This sounds nightmarish! Am not sure I can read this, although it sounds like it is not what it seems.

  18. I’m definitely adding this to my tbr! Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog earlier. :)

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