The year is 1890. The Barrow Haven Asylum is a private facility in rural England housing some of the country’s wealthiest insane. Some inmates are truly insane, some banished by family members, others perhaps feigning insanity and with questionable agendas.
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Adeline’s Admission – Sheri Lynn
Adeline Shaw didn’t conform to her wealthy family’s expectations. She didn’t conform to anyone’s. Exasperating and shocking others delighted her. She thrived in causing commotion and feigning either innocence, ignorance, or both. As a teen, her morbid fascination with suspected murderer and radical scientist, Edgar Walker, his companion, Louisa Becker, and the investigating detective, Stanley Price, led her down a path of grief, denial, and self-destruction.
Residing almost half of her five and thirty years in asylums since, along with her vivid imagination, and victim to experimental, atrocious procedures, Adeline can’t distinguish reality from fantasy. What pleasures existed? What horrors ensued? Or did she discover pleasures in the horrors?
Transferred to Barrow Haven, detective Stanley Price is not only physically scarred from imprisonment and his use as a test subject at the hands of Edgar, but completely withdrawn and unresponsive. It prompts a series of dreadful encounters and realizations that test Adeline’s sanity beyond what she might be capable of withstanding. Does she truly possess the resilience to persevere any condemnation or hardship she suffered? Or does she learn she never endured the worst alone?
Some individuals live within their own set of boundaries. “We do what we must for those we love.”