Waiting on Insanity

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can’t wait to read. This week I’m excited for…

Insanity by Susan Vaught

Never, Kentucky is not your average scenic small town. It is a crossways, a place where the dead and the living can find no peace. Not that Forest, an 18-year-old foster kid who works the graveyard shift at Lincoln Hospital, knew this when she applied for the job. Lincoln is a huge state mental institution, a good place for Forest to make some money to pay for college. But along with hundreds of very unstable patients, it also has underground tunnels, bell towers that ring unexpectedly, and a closet that holds more than just donated clothing….When the dead husband of one of Forest’s patients makes an appearance late one night, seemingly accompanied by an agent of the Devil, Forest loses all sense of reality and all sense of time. Terrified, she knows she has a part to play, and when she does so, she finds a heritage that she never expected.

With her deep knowledge of mental illness and mental institutions, Susan Vaught brings readers a fascinating and completely creepy new book intertwining the stories of three young people who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of Lincoln Hospital.


I really liked Susan Vaught’s Freaks Like Us, so I think I would’ve added her next book no matter what it was about, but this sounds even better than Freaks. I thought Vaught handled the issue of mental illness incredibly well in her last book, so I know I don’t have to worry about being offended by her writing about the subject like I have been by certain other authors (looking at you, Claire Merle). Plus, this book sounds like it’s going to be a bit more on the horror/paranormal side of things, so I’ll also get to feed my growing love of YA horror. I’m really hoping to get this one from NetGalley, but if I don’t, at least it comes out in February so I won’t have to worry about my own sanity (yay, bad puns).


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