The Redwood Asylum by L.A. Detwiler

The Redwood Asylum: A Paranormal Horror


The Redwood Asylum by L.A. Detwiler

Self-Published: March 12, 2021


Reason I chose to Read this Book:   I have enjoyed other books by this author

 The Redwood Asylum by L.A. Detwiler is a paranormal horror story.

First, let me thank NetGalley, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

Jessica Rosen left Mercy Hospital without even giving notice.  At 26, she needs to disappear, start fresh.  And so she finds herself in a new job at The Redwood Asylum,  a large stone building set in the middle of a thick forest.  The nearby town of Oakwood holds the wealthy, and the Asylum holds the ones that don’t fit in.  It always has.

Jessica finds herself getting used to Redwood.  The rules of other hospitals don’t seem to apply, as the owners stay away, the paperwork is done shoddily if at all, and half the staff is not even qualified.  Laws, and moral ethics are more guidelines, than requirements.  Rules are broken, and no one complains.  For all that, they say if you can last a day or two, you won’t want to leave.  Redwood somehow takes hold of you.

Amidst the confused residents, are the more disturbed, the criminally insane, the psychopaths, and the ghosts. Jessica  seems to be finding a lot of ghosts.

One of her patients on the 5th floor insists that they were waiting for Jessica to arrive.  His rantings and talk of nonsensical things has her baffled, but she is determined to understand this patient in room 5B.  No one else seems to care.

But as her boss continually tells her to leave things alone, Jessica will not…..and this could cost  her more than she had bargained for.


My Opinions:   

This was good…an old-fashioned haunted asylum story.  Unfortunately,  it was rather predictable.  The plot was nothing new, and nothing surprising, but it was still well-written.  The book even had a “Nurse Ratched”, if not in name.

Intermingled with the main chapters of Jessica and her problems, are chapters providing the history of The Asylum, and those were as interesting as the story.  Apparently there will be a pre-quel to this book which will center on the early years of the asylum.  That sounds promising.

I wish I could have liked Jessica more.  She was very naive, and acted rashly.  Although I didn’t guess the exact circumstances of her needing a fresh start, I was close.

The pace was relatively quick, and it was a fast read.  I was never bored, but neither was I “scared”.  The atmosphere was creepy,  and some of the ghosts a little gross, but  It seemed to be missing the actual fear factor (for me anyway).

Overall, it was a good haunted asylum story.

  Read: March 2021


L.A. DetwilerAbout The Author:  L.A. Detwiler (Lindsay) is an American author who also teaches high school English in Pennsylvania. She has written several romance novels, but is now trying her hand at thrillers – and succeeding. She lives in Hollidaysburg PA with her husband,  their mastiff, Henry, and many cats. Check out her website at

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Have you read it?  Do you plan to?  Tell me your thoughts…do you agree or disagree with my assessment?  Either way, I’d love to know.



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