Wednesday, August 3, 2016

"What I'm Reading" Wednesday #34

        This "WIR" Wednesday I'm on vacation in beautiful Marquette, Michigan (yes, the setting of Out of Darkness!) but in the pages of the book I'm reading I'm trailing Abby, Jordan, and Dan on one long road trip to New Orleans in...

Catacomb (An Asylum Novel) by Madeleine Roux
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're being followed . . . and photographed. Then Dan starts receiving messages from someone he didn't expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.

When the trio arrives in New Orleans and the strange occurrences only 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 fascination with notorious killers of the past.

Now Dan's only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.

Why I Chose This Book / What I Think So Far:
I finally picked up a paperback copy of Catacomb. I love Madeleine Roux's Asylum series because it's dark and creepy. What new horrors face Dan and his friends? They're on a road trip to New Orleans and along the way Abby insists on stopping in out of the way, backwater towns to take pictures of old Americana for a photography project. Dan is hiding a folder containing information that might lead him to his birth parents and Jordan took out the spare tire to make room for his Star Wars sleeping bag. Spells for a smooth trip, right? 

Wrong. A flat tire causes them to walk to a small Alabama town where they receive help from a mechanic that later vanishes - that nobody has ever heard of, Dan is still having visions and getting cryptic messages from someone he knows is dead, and a stranger on a motorcycle is following the trio and taking pictures of them. 

Will things get better once they hit the New Orleans city limits? Or is something sinister waiting for them? Get ready for the next creepy installment in Madeleine Roux's Asylum series. 

I loved Asylum and even Sanctum was great. So far Catacomb has all the creep factor and I can't wait to see what troubles await them in New Orleans. My only drawback is that sometimes Dan can be a dull character. He's kind of that geeky guy that's always the sidekick and never the hero of the story except in this series he is the main character. I just wish for once Dan would show some emotion and show/tell his friends what he's really feeling. Especially Abby. This story could use a little romance. 

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