Psychologist Dr Magnus Paul is tasked with the patients of Dortmund Asylum – nine criminally insane souls hidden from the world due to the extremity of their acts.
Magnus has six weeks to prove them sane for transfer to a maximum-security prison, or label them as incurable and recommend a death sentence under a new government act.
As Magnus delves into the darkness of the incarcerated minds, his own sanity is challenged. Secrets squeeze through the cracks of the asylum, blurring the line between reality and nightmare, urging Magnus towards a new life of crime…
The rural western town of Dortmund and its inhabitants are the backdrop to the mayhem on the hill.
It’s Silence of the Lambs meets Shutter Island in this tale of loss, fear and diminishing hope.
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Dr. Magnus Paul has recently been hired to work at Dortmund Asylum. He is tasked with interviewing nine of the criminally insane residents being housed there. His job is to determine if each is sane enough to be sent to a maximum security prison or insane enough to warrant their execution. Magnus believes that no one is ever truly criminally insane and he is determined to make sure that he can get through to the nine incarcerated because Magnus believes what they have is a sickness and a like all sicknesses they can eventually be cured. But, can he cure the insane? Or is there something more sinister lurking behind the doors of Dortmund Asylum?
Wow! This story just totally blew my mind. This is the type of story that starts off slow making sure you are hooked and then hits you with the ultimate shocking discovery that nothing is as it seems, but by then it is too late and you find yourself sucked into the story sort of frightened and yet totally exhilarated to read more. It’s pretty safe to say that I should probably NOT have started this story in the evening because the creep factor is on full force. Author C.J. Sutton has a very wicked mind and portrays the criminally insane with such accuracy that feels all too real. The nine residents of the asylum are written in such a way that their individual stories will give you the chills. I will be double locking all of my doors before I go to bed tonight that’s for sure!
Magnus is not always a likeable character and especially now with being the deciding factor between whether the insane live or die really had me on the fence with my feelings. I found him, in the beginning, to be a strong character and professional with his dealings, but there was a certain point where I witnessed him spiraling and blurring the lines between what is real and what is false. Magnus does have a bit of a tragic past which shaped his beliefs today. I still was at odds with how he thought the criminally insane should not be condemned to death and that deep down inside they had a conscious and they could tell right from wrong. I mean just think about it, imagine yourself interviewing the likes of the Ted Bundy’s of the world or even Aileen Wournos and thinking to yourself “I can fix them if I know their triggers.” That is a definite no from me. Do I believe they should be interviewed and studied, sure, but after that straight to the executioners chair.
The plot really draws you right in from the beginning. It is incredibly disturbing on so many levels and the darkness takes center stage. The pace is slow and steady and before you know it you are heavily invested in finding out what happens. I knew there would be twists, but Sutton just hits you with them right out of the blue in places where you least expected them. It came to the point where my jaw dropped and I was all like “what in the world is going on…is this real? A dream? Are they all committed and it’s just one big mindf**ck. I need to know! Bravo on the suspense. I never saw what was coming and when everything was revealed, I was shocked!
Dortmund Hibernate is one of those books destined to live on a reader’s keeper shelf. With such a strong debut, C.J Sutton has established himself as a top contender in the psychological thriller genre. I cannot wait for more.
Author Bio –
C.J. Sutton is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Master of Communication with majors in journalism and creative writing, and supports the value of study through correspondence. His fictional writing delves into the unpredictability of the human mind and the fears that drive us.
As a professional writer C.J. Sutton has worked within the hustle and bustle of newsrooms, the competitive offices of advertising and the trenches of marketing. But his interest in creating new characters and worlds has seen a move into fiction, which has always pleaded for complete attention. Dortmund Hibernate is his debut novel.