An inescapable asylum stands in the centre of the lake, enclosed by the sheer cliffs of Drop Rock island. But not in the dark. But somehow every clue, every detail, every character intersects as the story spirals into its very shocking climax. Anyone looking for the next big thing has come to the right place. The storyline is also very creative and unique, and Rex Grammaticus is a very likable protagonist. Rex knows his evil stepmother, Acantha, is behind his father's 'madness', but how can he prove it? This book is another delightfully creepy and dark book set outside a town that is similar to dark version of Victorian London.
When Rex sets out to save his father, he uncovers many dark and disturbing secrets about the asylum. I liked that Rex was into inventing things and loved that the girl was determined to find out about her past. If you like scary and suspenseful stories I highly recommend this author! Will Rex find the proof his father left? Trust me on this; read the first 3 for a charming set of connected but still individual stories set in the victorian era, with lovable characters and interesting plot twists, books that grab a hold of you and don't want to let go. Oh yes, and it doesn't even have a happy ending. Higgins books because they are clean and a bit dark, perfect for youth who don't enjoy the normal paranormal romance or fantasy books.
I don't know that I'd say The Lunatics Curse is as depressingly evil and pointless as say Animal Farm or Jude the Obscure. I really enjoy the way Higgins pieces the story together with newspaper articles and journal entries to make a complete picture. Like previous books this book deals with some uncomfortable topics; mainly insanity and torture with some cannabalism thrown in for good measure. Readers who appreciate the grotesqueries of Cirque du Freaks --but packaged with fine writing and a well-conceived plot--will want to add this to their collection. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who wants something creepy, and think it has a perfect place in the middle-school classroom for reluctant readers. The town of Opum Oppidulum is home to the freezing Lake Beluarum and its rumored monster. A twisted tale of treachery, lunacy, greed, revenge and pure unadulterated wickedness.
Although this is book 4, the stories don't have to be read in order, they are all set in the same area and sometimes cross mention characters but they don't actually follow on form one another as far as I can tell. This is the first I have read, and as I was reading it, I found myself wondering which of these characters were from the other books. I want to know more about what happened and can't wait for the next installment. This brings me to the second reason why it is not five stars. Overall, I enjoyed the book. Sneaking around and absorbing all the information he can only leads Rex to more questions. Pin is determined to discover how the magic works.
In tying up the loose ends, which Higgins does satisfyingly and with flair, we also learn how the characters are woven together throughout the sinister cities. An inescapable asylum stands in the centre of the lake, enclosed by the sheer cliffs of Drop Rock island. As to the when, it is pre-electric, and the existence of perukes gives me a vision of 17th century. It was too yucky for me. Readers need not be familiar with Higgins' other books, but the hints dropped in to tie the world together will likely send them hunting for more while awaiting the next. His mother is dead and his father is missing after being labeled a suspect in a rash of murders.
It is assumed that you have read the other books, or at least the first, which is where I suppose the full stage has been set. Summary The town of Opum Oppidulum is home to the freezing Lake Beluarum and its rumored monster. The quote There's a fine line between a genius and a madman best described Rex in this book. Rex, is working to find a way to have his released from the insane asylum where he has been falsely imprisoned. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the story is the care that Higgins takes in creating the setting and characters. Now that you are warned, feel free to enjoy.
Velhildegildus , and abundant suffering, David Copperfield—style. Rex's father loses his mind and Rex is forced to stay on with his stepmother, Acantha. I'd say this one was far calmer than the Eyeball Collector. It was just too dark, disturbing, and depressing. Readers need not be familiar with Higgins' other books, but the hints dropped in to tie the world together will likely send them hunting for more while awaiting the next. Characters in this book are found in other Higgin's stories. The city itself becomes a player in this complex maze of pseudo-Dickensian atmosphere, along with a bottomless lake, an asylum on a hill, and a labyrinth of subterranean tunnels.
All the elements come together and make it a great book. Given the topic I am not sure this is still appropriate for middle grade readers. Sneaking around and absorbing all the information he can only leads Rex to more questions. Her dark atmosphere is well drawn, with stunning graphic images that are not for the faint of heart. The storyline is also very creative and unique, and Rex Grammaticus is a very likable protagonist. I couldn't put it down, but I did glance multiple times at the cover to make sure there hadn't been a mistake putting it in the kid's section. This book had me glued to the pages with all the twist and turns, and surprises, but the auther left some hints to what may happen, and then when something happen you think, okay I understand now.