Hospital Hill

Hospital Hill In Valerie Martin takes a job on the wards of Northampton State Hospital for the Insane where she spends the next twenty years climbing the ranks When the hospital closes she leaves for good or

  • Title: Hospital Hill
  • Author: KatherineAnderson
  • ISBN: 9781522727026
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1959 Valerie Martin takes a job on the wards of Northampton State Hospital for the Insane where she spends the next twenty years climbing the ranks When the hospital closes she leaves for good, or so she thinks Weeks away from retirement, she is called back to complete one last task and finds a disturbing trend amongst some of the female patients and she has a hunch In 1959 Valerie Martin takes a job on the wards of Northampton State Hospital for the Insane where she spends the next twenty years climbing the ranks When the hospital closes she leaves for good, or so she thinks Weeks away from retirement, she is called back to complete one last task and finds a disturbing trend amongst some of the female patients and she has a hunch these women were murdered.2017 Reader Views Literary Award Winner

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    1. Kate Anderson is a special education teacher and professional photographer She has taught in institutions for less than pleasant children for nearly twenty years and has written two nonfiction volumes on the history of insane asylums in New England, having visited and photographed than forty such institutions.She lives in Feeding Hills with her boyfriend, two beagles, and an overweight cat who figures heavily on both her blog and her Instagram feed.

    2. There is much intrigue in this historical novel 'Hospital Hill' that is set in a gothic mental health asylum. Following her Smith college graduation in 1959 Miss Valerie Martin began working at Northampton State Hospital for the Insane (1858-1993) and spent her career working in the field, returning to Northampton to complete a data/records assessment and full department report before her retirement from state service.Martin was sad over the dismal eerie surroundings of abandoned Northampton Hos [...]

    3. 3.0 StarsHospital Hill, Katherine Anderson’s debut novel released in 2016, is an intriguing murder mystery set on the grounds of the State Hospital at Northampton, constructed atop a scenic hill which later became known as Hospital Hill just outside of downtown Northampton, MA in 1856. Originally named the State Lunatic Asylum at Northampton and later renamed the Northampton State Hospital, the facility was notorious for overcrowding and patient neglect and ultimately abandoned by the state of [...]

    4. There are books that you read, which take you places, introduce you to people and times. Occasionally, you'll look back at the story and have flashes of the imaginings that you had whilst reading. Valerie Martin, the protagonist of this story, is so clear to me. The Northampton State Hospital, the setting of the story, is so clear to me. The 1950's, the time period that half of the story is set, is so clear to me (as well as the 1980's that the other half of the story resides). Yet, I've only ev [...]

    5. 'Hospital Hill' is a novel that takes so many of my favorite things and combines them into a gripping mystery story that I was reluctant to put down: a headstrong female protagonist, an abandoned asylum, my favorite place in the world (Western Massachusetts), a killer plot twist, and accurate depictions of mental health care at the middle of the twentieth century that don't smack of stigma or stereotyping, which is rare to find in any fictional work that involves mental health treatment. I'm som [...]

    6. XXX This was an excellent story packed with information about the birth and death of the treatment of the insane in the U.S. from the 1850's throuth the 1980's. Katherine Anderson based this novel on an actual institution located in Northampton, Massachusetts that operated as a mental hospital from 1858 - 1986. I was not aware that anti-psychotics were not even around until 1956 when Thorazine hit the market. Basically that treatment marked the end of the 'insane asylum'. Katherine Anderson made [...]

    7. I read this book start to finish the day I picked it up, which is a rarity for me anymore. I was enthralled by the main character in the book, Valerie, and became more so as the story flashed back to her past experiences at Northampton State Hospital. Katherine Anderson's continued work documenting hospitals and asylums in her home state has an obvious influence on the evocative descriptions she's able to portray of NSH from its heyday and eventual squalor. NSH was more than a work place for Val [...]

    8. Hospital Hill has a creepy darkness to it, from its name and the realization that the hospital a top the hill was once an insane asylum, to the mystery that begins to unfold in the basement, as old records are reviewed and a string of women inmates’ deaths ruled suicides begin to show a pattern that brings that into question. It held my attention as I feared for the woman, who’d once worked the wards and was brought back after the hospital’s closing to review these records, as she worked a [...]

    9. Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (09/16)“Hospital Hill” by Katherine Anderson is an uncanny mystery/thriller that will keep readers guessing as dark secrets from an old insane asylum surface just before the hospital closes its doors forever.Weeks before her retirement, Valerie Martin is called back to the hospital where she began her career, Northampton Hospital, to complete a final task for the department: an assessment of the hospital records/data. It’s been years since the hospi [...]

    10. Rich prose, a complex main character, and strong sense of atmosphereWhen I came across Anderson’s Hospital Hill, I could not resist. My parents were both clinical psychologists who worked with institutionalized patients. And as a child I grew up across the street from an abandoned hospital that we used to sneak into and wander on stormy nights. Seemed like perfect prerequisites for enjoying this novel.The writing was exquisite. Anderson’s ability to cast rich prose was impressive. There were [...]

    11. Hospital Hill, by Katherine Anderson, charts the return of Valerie Martin, a nurse nearing retirement, to Northampton State Hospital, after a near fifteen year absence, induced by an old colleague, Bill Dunston, who needs her help for a few months to catalogue and process old patient reports . The records all date from the period 1960 to 1979, an era with which Valerie is personally familiar, and it is not long before she begins to realise there is something darker at work within the dusty repor [...]

    12. I enjoyed Hospital Hill. Ms. Anderson did a great job of helping visualize the setting and especially the atmosphere. For example, the hospital was "perched on top like a beautiful gargoyle" and "it was a strange sort of beautiful with its brick towers and fenced-in porches." I could see the location as well as feel the atmosphere. The main character was interesting and had a good back story that explained her actions. I did not solve the mystery until the author did the reveal because I was foc [...]

    13. Old asylums are one of my obsessions, and this book addresses some that existed close to my home in Massachusetts. Ms. Anderson has done an outstanding job of combining bits and pieces of poignant history into an exciting tale of intrigue and suspense.Valerie Martin spent most of her life working in Northhampton Hospital, so is not hesitant when asked to go back and organize its old records before its pending demolition. But going back to a place holding so many memories for her, good and bad, s [...]

    14. A haunting, fictional tale that uncovers a dark, haunting history inside Northampton Asylum while getting ready for the building's demolition.While the location is real, the tale is fictional -- follow Valerie as she relives her past working at the asylum as a young girl during a very different time, and find out about an uncomfortable and unexpected truth it's too late!Hospital Hill is a beautiful love letter to an old, historic building, and an imaginative exploration of what might have occurr [...]

    15. This book had a major formatting error in using block formatting instead of a traditional format, but once I got over that I really enjoyed the read. It was a quick read with a solid character at the center. Katherine Anderson is a good writer. I also loved that it was based on a location that I was familiar with in the town I grew up in. She did the area justice in her book.

    16. Katherine Anderson is an excellent story teller. I picked this up at BookClub Bookstore in Westfield, MA and once i started reading just could not put it down. Now I need to know what is going to happen next.

    17. Torn between enjoying this and hating it. Anderson spent most of the book setting up Dr. Willard as (view spoiler)[the evil murdering asshole, but then in the last 20% of the book is like "Nah, j/k, his wife did it all because she was jealous of his affairs". Like, what the fuck. If I wanted to read about how women are way more evil than men, I'd read a book by a damn dude. -_- I have very little patience with any book that tries to get me to pity a dude who choked somebody because she wouldn't [...]

    18. I enjoyed reading a fictional book taking place in a local town and a real asylum. I have always been intrigued by Northampton State Hospital.

    19. Apparently I set my standards too high for this novel. It was slow and drab; I didn't care about the plot or characters at all.

    20. Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (09/16)The story is full of unexpected twists and turns, and the plot line builds with steady intensity, setting readers up for an action-packed, dramatic climax. At just over 200 pages, “Hospital Hill” by Katherine Anderson is a short read, and I found myself wanting more! I highly recommend this story as an entertaining read, full of history, suspense, and intrigue.See my full review at the Reader Views page.

    21. Hospital Hill appealed to me because although it's a work of fiction (mystery), the setting is real. Northampton (Lunatic) State Hospital was opened in 1858, as the third hospital in Massachusetts for the insane. It was located about 20 miles from the town where I grew up. Deinstitutionalization began in 1978, a slow process, but, the hospital finally closed for good in 1993. All of the buildings were leveled in 2007-2008 and the site is now called, The Villages at Hospital Hill, a very cool res [...]

    22. I wouldn’t call this a thriller, aside from the last 25% it was quite slow and ponderous. Historical fiction fits well, mystery perhaps, crime, for sure. Though the twist/ending was a bit predictable, when it happened it was still enjoyable. None of these are really my go-to genres, so I will keep this brief.I neither loved nor hated this book. It was all rather beige. It just lacked…something. One thing that distinctly bothered me was I felt like the author mostly relied on using place name [...]

    23. The writer is a local teacher, not a full-time writer that has been doing this for years. So, there are some formatting issues, typos, and plot problems. However, I am still giving it 4 stars since I think it's a good story for someone just starting off. Like many of the reviewers, I was interested in the book because it takes place in an area of MA where I live. I also am a psychologist who is familiar with the history of asylums. This book focuses on the former Northampton State Hospital where [...]

    24. Old asylums are one of my obsessions, and this book addresses some that existed close to my home in Massachusetts. Ms. Anderson has done an outstanding job of combining bits and pieces of poignant history into an exciting tale of intrigue and suspense. Valerie Martin spent most of her life working in Northhampton Hospital, so is not hesitant when asked to go back and organize its old records before its pending demolition. But going back to a place holding so many memories for her, good and bad, [...]

    25. I like my mysteries filled with all the complexities of the characters lives taking center stage. That is what Katherine Anderson gives. You can feel the pull of the lives within the walls of the hospital on each of the characters in myriad ways. The staff as well as the patients act out their inner goodness, as well as their demons, their strengths and weaknesses. The world at the time the story took place, with its' effect on the lives of the characters is exposed brilliantly through the narra [...]

    26. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would! After hearing the author of this book give a presentation at a local bookstore, she got me hook, line and sinker into reading her book. It is an unusual topic in that the world of mental health hospitals is not often written about in books from a historical context. This thought-provoking book (in addition to the author's talk) really illuminated me on why insane asylums were closed down around the time of Kennedy's administration. It brought to m [...]

    27. The Northampton Hospital in Massachusetts is the setting for this story. Valerie Martin graduated from Smith College in 1959, began working at the hospital for the insane for many years working in the field . She is asked to come back to the hospital to do a data/records assessment and finds a disturbing trend of women and girls being murdered.

    28. Good readThis book was worth reading. The characters and plot were well developed. There were a lot of mistakes in the e book formatting, however. It was very annoying to have to mentally correct typos, add or delete words, and restructure some sentences. I do not believe these to be the fault of the author.

    29. I really enjoyed this book. Loved the fact that it's based so close to where I live and that many places are known to me. Storyline is interesting and has just enough twists to keep it exciting. The smallest of criticism regarding spelling errors, but not a deterrent in my ability to enjoy this story.

    30. I absolutely adored Katherine Anderson's attention to detail involving both the time period and settings of her novel. It's clear she has a passion for the subject matter, and it shows through brilliantly in her writing. I cannot wait to read her next book! Truly looking forward to it!

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