Madhouse by Miguel Estrada #Review

Don’t talk to strangers.

Faced with his parents’s divorce, eleven-year-old Lucas runs away from his house with the hope that his family will get back together to find him. On his way walking through the empty streets, he is picked up by a mysterious woman who offers to take care of him and provide him with a loving family.

The boy then wakes up in shackles, confined to a bed in a decrepit house in the middle of nowhere and will have to face his deepest fears in order to survive in his new home.

Join Lucas in a desperate attempt to get back to his family in Madhouse, the first published book from horror-thriller author Miguel Estrada

This book is a standalone horror story. Lucas is a young boy who runs away and is immediately kidnapped by a crazy couple. Lucas comes face to face with all of his fears, especially his fear of the dark. This story is extremely violent with a lot of the story taken up with descriptions of the rooms Lucas finds himself in as he runs for his life. The book seems to want to take an erotic twist with the woman and mannequin dancing in the basement, but never follows through.

>The story seems very one-sided. Lucas’ point of view is the only one used. Maybe showing how his parents or the town reacted to Lucas going missing would have added some sense of mystery to the story. As the story is written, it is just one horrific scene after another. The story ends abruptly with a plot twist, but the original reason for Lucas running away is never addressed.
>This book is appropriate for a young adult (16+) audience. I am giving this story 4 stars. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from Romance Authors that Rock. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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