Thursday, December 3, 2015
Review: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Summary 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'm a huge fan of Mindy McGinnis, I loved the Not a Drop to Drink series, and I devoured this new book in a few days.
It took me a bit to get into the novel, and I'm not a fan of reading about asylums (and the first one she is in is horrible)
The novel deals with some touchy things and the main character Grace Mae is quite a dark one (and the twist surrounding her actions is shocking).
The mixture of historical fiction and thriller/horror/gothic was a little strange but in the end I really enjoyed the historical aspect.
The murder mystery/the ending was a little weak but it was still an interesting concept.
Grace Mae was a interesting main character, and a lot of the side characters made the story even better.
I recommend checking out this new series, the asyum parts are scary realistic and disturbing.
Four Stars Out of Five