From Amazon - Will Anderson and Elizabeth Hume are called to the vast Eloise Insane Asylum outside of Detroit, where Elizabeth’s cousin Robbie is a patient and now a murder suspect. The victim, like three others before him at the asylum in recent months, was killed with the infamous “Punjab lasso,” the murder weapon of the Phantom of the Opera.
Certain of Robbie’s innocence, they begin an investigation with the help of Detective Riordan. Will has himself committed to the asylum to investigate from the inside, and Elizabeth volunteers at Eloise and questions people outside the asylum. While Will endures horrific conditions in his search for the killer, Elizabeth and Riordan follow the trail of a murder suspect all the way to Kalamazoo, where they realize the killer might still be at Eloise, putting Will in extreme danger. They race back to Detroit, but will they arrive in time to save Will and bring the killer to justice?
Filled with Johnson’s trademark roller-coaster plot, nuanced characters, and brilliant historical research, Detroit Breakdown is a compelling, dark mystery set in the once- flourishing Paris of the West.
I've read other accounts of how patients were treated back in the day at aslyums and it's horrific. Johnson doesn't shy away from the subject in Detroit Breakdown, and will, in fact, have readers frantically turning the page in this thrilling suspenseful installment.
Elizabeth is shocked when she finds out her cousin Robert has been accused of killing another patient. Robbie being a patient at Eloise Insane Aslyum for most of his life. She is sure he is innocent and sets out to prove it. She asks her friend Will to help her and he fakes amnesia, getting himself admitted to the hospital.
What Will doesn't take it account, though, is the brutal way he is treated. He wants that inside position so he can find out who the real killer is and prove Robert's innocence, but he didn't sign up for this! Elizabeth, Robert, the detective on the case and others lead the reader on a quest to find the real killer, who is killing patients, but along the way, we are presented with enthralling details of history. Johnson is a superbly talented author whom's writing will keep you riveted. Highly recommend!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.