Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman


About Brynn Chapman


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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Review by Anniek

Patient 29, real name Jane, can't remember if she ever had a life outside of the Soothing Hills Asylum. All she has ever known is the cruelty of this place and in particular Dr. Frost. If you don't listen, act out in any way or even show weakness you will be punished. Punishment can be multiple things. It can be leeches on your body, being pushed in ice-cold water or you could be placed in solitary.

It's common that all patients are addressed by their number. They will never be called by their once given name. Only if you make it to ward one you will be able reclaim that privilege. Ward one is where the patients go when they are ready to go back to society. Jane has dreamed of this all of her life, but as long as Dr. Frost has anything to say about her that will never happen.

When several girls go missing they all have one thing in common, they were roommates of patient 29. Will they find out what happened to these girls? Did they end up on ward 13? If you go to this ward there will be nothing left of you but a shuffling drooling body.

Jane is so amazingly strange. She hears music coming from the cornfield and she can hear words through the music. Whenever she needs to calm herself down she hums a middle C. She has always been very gifted in playing the violin and is an amazing artist because of her vivid imagination. Despite all the hurt and pain she's going through she still remains positive and finds happiness in little things. I really like that about her character.

The reader will learn very early on that there is more to Jane's story. Brynn Chapman has written a very strong book and I loved the way she lets the plot unfold. The Requiem Red feels sinister, magical and beautiful at the same time. The characters may be fictional, but the fact is that the punishments and the way things used to work at asylums are not made up, which really creeped me out. This gave the story a lot of extra depth. If you like books about this topic then I can really recommend you The Requiem Red.

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5 comments:

  1. This really sounds like a great book. The cover is what caught my attention first :) very pretty. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

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    1. thank you. book 2 out next year which will answer all questions...brynn chapman

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  2. The book sounds intriguing and the cover is amazing!

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    1. thank you. I love the cover as well. And i am a history nerd, so all my books will be as accurate as i can for the plot brynn

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