Behind a high stone wall on the outskirts of London lies Lake House, a private asylum for women. Tricked by her husband, Anna Palmer becomes its newest patient just weeks into her marriage.
Ravaged by the cruel treatments of the time, Anna struggles to prove her sanity, despite some surprising allies: Talitha Batt, a longtime inhabitant who seems to be as sane as she is; Lucas St Clair, a visiting physician who believes that photography may reveal the state of a patient's mind; and Catherine Abse, the proprietor's highly-strung daughter. Yet the longer Anna remains at Lake House, the more she realises that no one and nothing is quite as it appears. Not her fellow patients, her husband, her family -- not even herself.
Will Anna discover the freedom she seeks, or plunge so far into the recesses of the mind that she might never escape? @goodreads
Read from March 28 to April 02, 2015
This is a sad story of a young woman, Anna, who is married to Vincent. She was only married to the Vicar for a few weeks before he carts her off to the "Lake House." This is a mental asylum for women whose family and husbands can leave them. They can just say they are lunatics and carry on with their own lives.
Poor Anna gets dropped off after she comes back from trying to help at a charity. Vincent doesn't like this and carts her off. He has some secrets of his own as well.
These poor women are told they are crazy, given horrible torture treatments. Even though this book is fiction this has occurred in our history.
Anna finds some sweet friends in the asylum that have nothing wrong with their mental state either and they get along the best they can. No spoilers.
There is a physician named Lucas St. Clair that takes pictures of the patients, he thinks you can prove sanity through pictures. I'm not sure about all of this but I do know he is a nice person.
There are a few horrific people there of course, like the evil man that owns the place. He does have a sweet little girl named Catherine who is funny and precious. She becomes friends with Anna too. Catherine's mom is a nutter if you ask me.
There are a lot of different things that go on in the book, but I don't want to give all of that away. This is not a book with a lot of horror going on, it's more of telling the novel of these beautiful women. They do a few torture things to Anna, but she doesn't let them get her down.
In the end everything is as is should be, there are a couple of sad things, but for the most part everything happens for the good. I thought this book was a good read. 4 Stars