“I became instantly drawn into the story. The author really grabs the reader instantly and does not let go until the very end.”
Freeing Linhurst is a great mystery for young adults and preteens. It is an entertaining read with a solid pace and well developed characters. This book may help spread awareness of the problems that still exist today in the way patients with mental disabilities are sometimes treated. I feel that the author did very well in capturing the various personalities of the teenagers within the town. These brave and curious high schoolers are likable, as well as relatable. Even the supporting characters, such as Charles Mosley and Jack’s father, are drawn out nicely. The settings are vividly described. For instance, I had no problems imagining the fallen leaves coming together to form a hand motioning for Jack to stop as he was getting closer to the buildings of Linhurst. The novel’s themes range from the local politics of a small town to the unfortunate mental institution abuse, as well as paranormal themes and those related to environmental and energy issues. The illustrations in the beginings of each chapter add to the overall appeal of the book.
I was not quite sure how I would react as an adult reading this novel. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I became instantly drawn into the story. The author really grabs the reader instantly and does not let go until the very end. I easily rate this book 4 out of 4 stars, and recommend it to fans of paranormal mysteries, particularly preteens and teenagers. Those curious about facilities similar to that which is described in this book, may enjoy the fresh perspective Al Cassidy provides when he tells this story from the point of view of these high school teenagers. I am even prompted to look further into the actual institution that is the basis of this captivating novel.
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