Thursday, March 31, 2016

Review: The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman + Giveaway

The Requiem Red

Brynn Chapman

YA Historical Mystery
April 5, 2016

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Patient Twenty-nine.

A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse…or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is the only constant in her life.

Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see the outside world.

But the monster has other plans. The missing girls share one common thread...each was twenty-nine's cell mate.

Will she be next?

Review: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

The Requiem Red will transport you back in time to a darker time when asylum patients were subjected to the most heinous of treatments. Dark and sinister, Ms. Chapman does a fabulous job creating a rather gothic atmosphere with an air of hopelessness.

My heart went out to Patient 29 immediately-- the moment she was subjected to some sort of horrific torture after her roommate was found dead. Yikes, that asylum was one terrifying place.

Full of mystery, a dash of horror and romance, this novel will keep you reading as the plot is revealed piece by piece. I enjoyed the fast pace, as well as the characters, both main and secondary. The plot was intriguing and kept me guessing. Another good novel from Ms. Chapman.

About the Author

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

She also writes under the pseudonym R.R. Smythe. 

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  1. Question to the author: Some writers describe themselves as planners, while others plunge right in to the writing. Would you consider yourself a planner or a plunger? Do you work from any kind of a plan?

  2. Hi. I am a puzzler lol. So...i have a broad outline...that never looks the same by the end of the novel. I know the characters and the skeleton of the story, but the getting there, the laying on of muscle layers--it inevitably takes a life of its own. thanks for stopping

    1. You and I have a very similar plotting style. I always like my characters to take on a life of their own. I tend to outline backwards once I finish a novel to make sure I didn't leave any loose ends-- but at the beginning-- I'd never stick to a detailed outline.

  3. yes ive tried. im not wired that way lol

    1. Me either. In fact, I find outlines to be detrimental to my creative experience-- too in the box for me.


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