Burlap – Lucy Laird

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Kate ‘The Great’ Thornton, an aerial artiste of extraordinary skill at the Jensen Three Ring Circus, lives and breathes for the tightropes, trapezes and aerial hoops. In the air she’s a free spirit of boundless joy and adventure. But at night, when the crowds are gone and the glitz and glory is but a memory, her life on the ground is one of unspeakable brutality. After a one night dance with the devil, Kate finds herself in the Rosenton Home for the Criminally Insane, where her life becomes much worse.


Lucy Laird has crafted a tale of horror and suspense that will keep you reading well into the wee hours of the morning . . . as long as the doors are locked and all the lights are on.

The author [Laird] has done a lot of research on both her characters and the setting (a 1950s era sanitarium). Drawing on the horror stories (both real and imagined) of early era treatment for mental conditions, she has created a believable setting for her heroine [Kate Thornton] and the rest of her Ward F mates and the doctor [Shilling] who is treating (mistreating) them.

She [Laird] takes us through the lives of each of Kate’s ward-mates and the surprising reasons for their being there (especially Kate’s). The characters are well-drawn and described in detail, as are the scenes that lead to progressively more horrible conditions and situations, culminating in a wild and slightly surprising end.

All-in-all, a satisfyingly horrible look at the bad old days of the treatment of mentally ill patients.

Sadly, this book has not yet found a publisher, but the story can be found here  on Wattpad.





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R. S. Leergaard

US Navy veteran and writer of stories. Blogger of things.

4 thoughts on “Burlap – Lucy Laird”

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    1. I’m somewhat new to the workings of this site, despite how long I’ve been here. It is possible to ‘Follow’ this blog but I’ll see what I can do about adding those other buttons/services. Thanks for the comments. 🙂


  2. This is probably one of my favorite stories on Wattpad (and I’ve read many). I truly hope eventually Burlap will be published. I enjoyed reading your review.

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