What are the best books set in a hospital and asylum?

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    #1One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.

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    Billy Lane
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is indeed one of the best books that takes place in an asylum. Can't go wrong with Ken Kesey."
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    #2The Blink of Her Eye

    The Blink of Her Eye

    The Blink of Her Eye is a book by Angelica Thaddeus that tells a story of Anika and Gabriel. The two are investigating a series of murder and they could not resist each other's attractiveness.  


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    Willie Brewer
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Blink of Her Eye is a book that tells the story of two murder investigators that end up giving in to the attractiveness of the other. Its a great read for those that like hospital and asylum fiction."
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    Asylum by Patrick McGrath was published in 1998. This book is about Stella Raphael who meets Edgar Stark, who murdered his wife die to his psychological conditions.


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    Cindy Lu
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I absolutely love this book! It's a psychological thriller that keeps you drawn in. It's set in an asylum so if you're interested in those types of novels check this one out!"
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    #4Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted is written by Susanna Kaysen. With over 100 pages, this book is first published in 1994 by Vintage. In 2000, this book became a bestseller because of a movie based on this book.


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    Joe Kennedy
    Written on April 29, 2018
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    #5Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison and illustrator Dave Mackean is an interesting reflection about madness and the boundaries between superheroes and supervillains. Batman is forced to enter Arkham Asylum when the inmates take control of the sanitarium and want Batman to be exchanged with the innocent workers and doctors. There, he must face his inner demons while fighting Joker, The Penguin and other supervillains. 


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    Nicholas Curtis
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "this is a great take on batman that has ever been written and i hope that you all read it"
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    Fingersmith is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Sarah Waters which centers on orphan Sue Trinder who is living with Mrs. Sucksby and her family, and her love interest who is also an orphan. 

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    Janice Bell
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This isn't the best written book. The story is choppy and a bit hard to follow."
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    #7Alias Grace

    Alias Grace

    Alias Grace is a novel by Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood. It tells the real-life story of Grace Marks, who was convicted murder in 1843 for the deaths of three people. Years later, a psychiatrist helps to prove her innocence.


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    #8Project 17

    Project 17
    Project 17 is a standalone fantasy paranormal novel written by Laurie Faria Stolarz which centers on the happenings at the Danvers State Hospital in Hathorne Hill, near Boston where local believe the mental institution has been haunted. 

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    Terry Brewer
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Project 17 is a generally enjoyable book. I found myself legitimately spooked at times in terms of the events these characters get wrapped up in. It's a good paranormal themed book for people interested in those themes. "
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    #9Exile (Garnethill)

    Exile (Garnethill)
    Exile is the second book in the mystery fiction series Garnethill written by Denise Mina which centers on Maureen O'Donnell who tries to find the truth behind the hidden past of Ann Harris. 

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    Amy Hart
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Not set in an Asylum or hospital"
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    #10Into the Darkness

    Into the Darkness

    Into the Darkness is a standalone mystery fiction novel written by Maureen A. Nicholl which follows a mall cop who works with a delinquent teenager to search for a kidnapped young woman in an abandoned psychiatric hospital.


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    Judy Torres
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I love a good book set in a dreary and creepy hospital or asylum. Into the darkness is a gripping mystery fiction that fits the bill perfectly. A must read!"
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    Voices is a thrilling suspense and horror story for young adults written by Clarissa Johal. It was released in May 2015. It is about a young girl trying to fight off the ghosts that haunt her.

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    Cathy Jiang
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I love scary movies, so for once I wanted to give a scary book a try. I wasn't disappointed! Surprisingly, I fell in love with the characters. You really get to know the characters in this book, even the ghosts."
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    #12The Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry

    The Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry

    The Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry: A History of Misery and Medicine is a history book written by historian J.P. Webster. It was published in May 2013 and is about the controversial hospital built in 1906.


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    Wayne Davidson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "As somebody who spent a lot of time in hospitals and asylums, I find myself wanting to relive the experience of other individuals who set time there as well. With The Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry, I was able to read the gripping tale about the Philadelphia State Hospital, and it makes me grateful for the modern hospitals I was forced to reside in for a time. The hospital in the book is described so grimly, but also with an excellent amount of attention to detail. "


Best What are the best books set in a hospital and asylum
1One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestBooks 37 Paid
2The Blink of Her EyeBooks 33 Paid
3AsylumBooks 33 Paid
4Girl, InterruptedBooks 32 Paid
5Batman: Arkham AsylumBooks 29 Paid
6FingersmithBooks 28 Paid
7Alias GraceBooks 27 Paid
8Project 17Books 24 Paid
9Exile (Garnethill)Books 23 Paid
10Into the DarknessBooks 22 Paid

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