Dan's Hauntastic Haunts Investigates: Joliet Asylum by Alex Silver

Chad and Daniel are back investigating hauntings, this time the super creepy Joliet Asylum.

From the blurb:

Some horrors are creepier than ghosts.

The Hauntastic Haunts duo has plenty of experience filming the paranormal for their popular vlog.
Between Chad’s new skills as a medium and Daniel’s love of all things eerie, they’re ready to tackle their next haunting. But sometimes the human soul is more sinister than the scariest spirits.

Whatever lurks inside Joliet Asylum is unlike anything they’ve encountered before. Both men battle their own nightmares as they uncover a history that hits uncomfortably close to home.

With the pressure mounting to free the restless dead, the show must go on. Will the ghosts of Chad and Daniel’s pasts keep them from delving into Joliet’s secrets, or can their love give them the strength to immortalize Joliet’s dead?

Join your favorite ghost hunters on their fourth hauntastic adventure in this trans M/M paranormal romance. Each book can stand alone, but it’s best to enjoy the series in order to avoid spoilers.

Joliet Asylum includes: scary ghosts, historic treatments for mental health issues, mention of conversion therapy and parental rejection, magic, spectral plants, fun with tentacle toys, gender dysphoria, immolation, buried alive, and a foray into amateur adult film.

Jacquie's Review:

This series is just so good! Underrated, too. I honestly don't get why this series isn't recommended more. The first one lives in my brain rent free as one of the creepiest things I've read.

Chad and Daniel are in Michigan at an old asylum, which has a terrible past. As with the previous books, there are plenty of ghosts and some eerie times. 

I think this one was more uncomfortable for me rather than scary. Creepy for sure. The scene setting was well done, and the investigation was sound and detailed, but this had a different vibe. I think part of it was Daniel's reaction to the place. He had more of a personal connection to the asylum, which affected how he saw the place.

Chad was also coming to terms with things that had happened in the last investigation, so they came at this one slightly different.

The ghosts themselves were interesting and had an emotional impact.

I adore the couple, and how they've grown together over the last few books. I would say that this is probably one that you should read as part of the series as events are referenced but not fully explained. 

It was lovely to see Raf with them. He has his own novella that is worth a read.

The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars is because my attention drifted. It's hard to tell if that was me or the book. Like I said, they came at this differently and I think I just had different expectations.

I would recommend giving it, and the entire series, a shot just for Chad and Daniel alone.

Rating: 4 Stars

Joliet Asylum is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.