Blog Tour ~ The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman ~ Review and Giveaway

By Brynn Chapman
Published on April 5, 2016
Published by: Month9Books
Source: Chapter by Chapter Tours
Patient Twenty-nine.

A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse…or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is the only constant in her life.

Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see the outside world. 

But the monster has other plans. The missing girls share one common thread...each was twenty-nine's cell mate. 

Will she be next?

The Requiem Red...

 Brynn Chapman's Boneseeker was the start of my love for all things Brynn Chapman. Then came The Violet Hour, and now The Requiem Red. Brynn's talent continues to grow, and each book leaves me more breathless. They are each so very different from one another, but one thing always shines through. This lady knows how to write an amazing story! I am hooked!

 Before moving on to the review, I just want to say one thing about Month9Books... I feel like this publishing company was custom made for me. I have absolutely adored every book that I have had the pleasure to read and review. If you haven't had the chance to check out any of their books, please do. You do not know what you are missing!

 Okay, here we go... I loved it. From the first page, my imagination was captured. I was transported to this cold, harsh asylum where they have kept a young girl almost her entire life. Called crazy, and delusional so often that, at times, Jane, or Patient Twenty Nine, actually believes them. Alone, Unloved. Treated so badly. But things are changing for Jane, thanks to a new orderly named Mason who is a light in her darkness, and Dr. Grayjoy, the young doctor who has been assigned to her case. Farther outside of Dr. Frost's cruelty, Jane starts to have hopes for a life she never dreamed of. 

 I was living in a mansion, isolated and alone, with Jules. Her only friend, her governess Maeve, who was her mother's best friend before she passed. And her father, Dr.Frost, whom she is never sure if he will be Good Papa, or father. For eighteen years, Jules was not allowed outside of her home, but now she is engaged to a young man, gentle and kind, who she doesn't love, and allowed to work at her fathers asylum a few days a week. This is Jules' freedom, being in the asylum and caring for the patients. And trying to solve a mystery that could put her in danger. She also meets the handsome and caring physick, Dr. Grayjoy, and begins to see what attraction and possibly more, really looks like. 

 These two girls are so similar in some ways, but their upbringing's have made them so different. Yet, you could feel the parallels between them grow as we come to know them. The one thing about both Jane and Jules that stuck out the most for me was their bravery. They each face hardships, and cruelties, yet they continue to stay strong... and to hold on to hope. I loved them both. Their relationships, with Mason and Dr. Grayjoy, were innocent yet full of yearning. I loved the growth of both romances. And both Mason and the doctor were wonderful characters. They both care so much, and are willing to put themselves at risk to do right by Jane and Jules. I definitely shipped throughout The Requiem Red. 

 I don't want to give much away about the plot, but I will say that the mystery kept me guessing until almost the end. I kept thinking I understood, but some new information would arise, and I would be completely clueless again. The paranormal aspects weren't hardcore, but were enough to add another level of depth to the story. Finally, the pacing isn't lightning fast. It is a fairly slower paced read, but that works  in this books favor. It allows the reader the chance to really imagine the worlds of these characters, and let the author add more detail to the story that made it what it was. 

 Told in alternating viewpoints, with chapters from Jules, Jane, Dr. Grayjoy and Mason, The Requiem Red was more than I could have hoped for. I loved getting into the minds of each of these characters, and living alongside of them for a little while. If you like stories set in historical times, inside asylums, with darker undertones and a touch of paranormal, this one is perfect for you. And I have no problem at all saying that I would 100% recommend this one to any one of you!

About the Author...

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

She also writes under the pseudonym R.R. Smythe .


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