The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
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?
The Requiem Red is an atmospheric read with a gothic feel. Told through multiple perspectives. a story of family drama, intrigue and long hidden secrets with a dash of forbidden romance emerges.
June, the main character has known no other home than the Soothing Hills Asylum but she is able to find some comfort amongst this literal hall of horrors in her musical talent. She has even created a musical language referred to as colourata. I really empathised with her and all she went through.
There were times that I felt confused while reading but in the end all the seemingly loose threads came together nicely for a satisfying conclusion. There were some shocking truths, which I guarantee you won’t see coming. I could almost feel the fear and despair which must have pervaded the Asylum because of the mysterious disappearances. The author deftly creates that dark, despairing atmosphere with her brief but chilling glimpses into what passed for therapy within the walls of the Asylum.
The reader gets to experience everything as if one was there and this sense of place adds to the realism and the creepy feels. Tantalising hints and glimpses are gradually revealed and as the storyline develops, it becomes addictive and hard to put down. There is a sense of momentum and urgency to connect the dots and unveil the secrets buried for so long.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable read with a brilliant twist you won’t see coming.
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 .
Giveaway Information: Contest ends April 15, 2016
• Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman (INT)