Book Review: Asylum by Lily White

 

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Title: Asylum
Author: Lily White
Goodreads Link:  Asylum – Lily White

Type: Fiction
Genre: Mental Illness | Dark | Abuse | Suspense | Romance | New Adult

Asylum is the story of the young women, Alexandra Sutton, who is the prime suspect in the murder case of her former lovers. The story begins when Alex wakes up confused and lost in an Asylum with no recollection of the past four years of her life. She doesn’t understand why the staff and the nurses fear her or why they accuse her of being a murderer. Dr. Jeremy Hutchins is the Psychiatrist responsible for aiding Alex through her journey of remembering her horrible past…… annnddd that’s enough about the plot I guess, I don’t wanna spoil it!!!

So…

This story is not a lovey-dovey romance, since it is a bit disturbing and dark. This book tackles issues such as deception, brainwashing, manipulation, abuse, and rape.

You have been warned…

The reason I decided to review this book is because I believe that its one of a kind. This book was a lucky encounter for me since I came across it while surfing the internet and I think it should be given more credit because of the fascinating subject it tackles.
So, this book is narrated from Alex’s point of view and it very much introduces the readers to the abuse and mistreatment that patients of Asylums/mental institutes are exposed to. I think this is a very interesting subject that isn’t usually addressed in many fiction books and it kind of paints a picture of the type of inhumane treatments that were inflicted in mental institutions in the past! So, you get to learn a bit more about the history of psychology and all (Don’t worry, now its much better, and mental institutions are governed by laws and stuff).
Without delving much into details, this was a very interesting read! I loved the twists and turns and how the author keeps you guessing till the very end! However, it didn’t meet my high expectations since I found myself a bit disappointed towards the end.
This is not a medical book and its a bit stretched here and there and that’s fine since its for the sake of entertainment and all.

Honestly, my favorite parts of the book were the quotes at the beginning of each chapter and the writing style… very deep and very nicely written!

“The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.” -Carl Jung

Forget others.. Live for yourself

Forget others.. Live for yourself

 

By simply observing people around us, we notice many common problems that we all struggle with. For example, we all struggle because of expectations and the pressure it exerts on our daily life. Sometimes we feel as if our decisions are being controlled by an invisible hand. Its as if those decisions were made because we were allowed to make them. In other words, we actually believe we’re making these decisions when in reality, we’re being pushed into that specific direction ..LOL
Over time, the pressure just takes its’ toll on us and we just start beating ourselves up and destroying our self-image. I thought about this for a while and I’ve noticed that we simply live for acceptance. Everything we do… we do it in hope of being accepted by someone .. a parent, a friend, a lover or society.

So, why do we do that?

It’s simply because acceptance is a fundamental human need.

We live our life trying to satisfy others; we try so hard to fit our ‘persona’ without realizing that people will never be satisfied. The more we give, the higher the expectations become. So, what’s the point? What’s the point of fulfilling those expectations if they’re just going to pile up anyway? What’s the point of mentally degrading ourselves for being unable to meet the list of endless expectations?

I mean, the more we try to fulfill them, the more we fall behind, right? ..
and well, eventually we would find ourselves in an inescapable loop of misery.

So, what’s the point?

I personally believe that each person should try to live everyday with utter fulfillment. I believe that one should try, for their own sake, to better themselves with each passing day. People shouldn’t feel the need to prove themselves to anyone, but themselves.

So, forget about pleasing others and live for yourself.. not for others.

Grateful

Grateful

When we surround ourselves with negativity and self-doubt for a long time, we tend to overlook a lot of things that we should be grateful for. Sometimes people perceive us as successful and intelligent, but their opinions don’t really matter if we don’t perceive ourselves in that light. Self-doubt eats its way through us and makes it seem like we are being pulled down into a black hole. We start to take all the beautiful things we have for granted, because they become ‘mundane.’ The power of self-image is fascinating, isn’t it?

I tend to believe that the deterioration of one’s self-image starts with ‘labels.’ For example, someone who doesn’t have friends tends to label themselves as introverted, when they’re actually shy and do not know how to approach other people. So, when that person starts labeling themselves, they automatically start adjusting their life in order to fit that label. The ‘labels’ become our way of identifying ourselves and defining who we are. Simply put, we become that ‘label.’

We overcome a negative self-image by freeing ourselves from labels and simply accepting who we truly are.

So, why not start by listing some of the things that you are grateful for in life?