Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Grace Mae knows madness.
She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.
When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.
In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.
I received this book for free via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks to the publisher, Katherine Tegen Books.
A Madness So Discreet starts out with a young girl named Grace who is currently housed in an insane asylum. Grace is pregnant and it isn’t uncommon for girls who become pregnant with unwanted pregnancies to be placed in an insane asylum until the baby is delivery. After defending herself against a complete creep, she finds herself in the darkest depths of the asylum. Once she is in her new cell, she makes a friend and also meets a doctor. Doctor Thornhollow. Doctor Thornhollow’s work consists of “removing” the minds of those who are mentally insane. He removes a particular part of the patient’s brain. This procedure turns a truly mad individual into someone that makes the patient complacent and at peace.
Once Thornhollow learns of the circumstances that landed her in the asylum, he devises a plan to help her escape. The plan is executed flawlessly and she is out of the asylum. She begins to help Doctor Thornhollow with his other line of work…solving crimes. Grace is quite brilliant and Thornhollow and she make quite the team.
This was such an amazing read! Thornhollow reminded me EXACTLY of BBC’s Sherlock. His words and actions…everything reminded me of Sherlock. That wasn’t such a bad thing because I love Sherlock and I also love Thornhollow. Grace and Thornhollow’s relationship and banter was a delight to read! Grace also made some truly wonderful friends who loved her as much as she loved them.
My only complaint about this book was the fast forwards. There were times where a few weeks were skipped and the story just picked up there. I’m complaining about this because I didn’t want any parts of the story missing! I wanted ALL of the details. This book was truly marvelous and the writing was beautiful. I don’t know if there is going to be a sequel, but I’m hoping there will be! Isn’t it wonderful when a book that you have been anticipating for such a long time turns out to be a work out art?
Please please please pick this book up today!
4.5 out of 5 stars
Meet The Author
Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film my Stephanie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST was released in 2014. Look for her Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET in October of 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books.