Tuesday, 31 March 2015

♥ Asylum - Jeannette De Beauvoir || Guest Post ♥

Martine LeDuc is the director of PR for the mayor's office in Montreal. When four women are found brutally murdered and shockingly posed on park benches throughout the city over several months, Martine's boss fears a PR disaster for the still busy tourist season, and Martine is now also tasked with acting as liaison between the mayor and the police department. The women were of varying ages, backgrounds and bodytypes and seemed to have nothing in common. Yet the macabre presentation of their bodies hints at a connection. Martine is paired with a young detective, Julian Fletcher, and together they dig deep into the city's and the country's past, only to uncover a dark secret dating back to the 1950s, when orphanages in Montreal and elsewhere were converted to asylums in order to gain more funding. The children were subjected to horrific experiments such as lobotomies, electroshock therapy, and psychotropic medication, and many of them died in the process. The survivors were supposedly compensated for their trauma by the government and the cases seem to have been settled. So who is bearing a grudge now, and why did these four women have to die?

Not until Martine finds herself imprisoned in the terrifying steam tunnels underneath the old asylum does she put the pieces together. And it is almost too late for her...in Jeannette de Beauvoir's Asylum.

It hasn’t been Martine LeDuc’s best day. Or best season, for that matter. She’s Montreal’s PR director, and four women have been murdered. That doesn’t exactly make for the most enticing advertising campaign ever.

(I remind myself of her situation when I’m in the midst of a Very Bad Day. It’s always helpful to try and keep perspective on your life, and seriously—having to account professionally for bodies showing up has got to be worse than anything that happens to me!)

Then the city’s mayor asks Martine to liaise with the police department to find out what’s going on, and she finds that she’s actually pretty good at looking below the surface of things. She manages not to get killed just by the skin of her teeth—and just in time for her almost-adolescent stepchildren to take turns getting under her skin.

Like I said: someone else’s Really Truly Horribly Bad Day can give you a great sense of perspective on yours!

JEANNETTE DE BEAUVOIR is an award-winning author, novelist, and poet whose work has been translated into 12 languages and has appeared in 15 countries. She explores personal and moral questions through historical fiction, mysteries, and mainstream fiction. She grew up in Angers, France, but now divides her time between Cape Cod and Montréal. Read more at www.jeannetteauthor.com
Twitter: @authorjeannette
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