A Madness So Discreet (Review)
Published Date: 6th October 2015
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.
seen so many brilliant reviews about the other two books by this author called Not a Drop to Drink and its sequel. But
I didn’t really have any interest in reading those books so I was pretty happy
when McGinnis revealed she was going to be releasing a new book. I wanted to
try that one! And before I dig into this review, let’s all take a moment to
admire that cover. So much cover love here. 😀
a historical young adult thriller. And it did manage to be all those things,
but maybe because it was cramming so many into one novel it did fall short on
asylums. It was a bit horrid to read about but in history, the people who were
assumed mad or sent there really were treated
that way. Reading this book I learned they did something pretty horrific to the
patients who were the most mentally ill, and I was shocked to do my research
and find it to be true. I suppose I have to thank this author for being so
realistic and teaching me something new about history as well.
what should be deemed as insanity. I liked how it kept on referring to that in
little notions throughout the whole book. As it should do because Grace has
been labelled as insane, and it refers to the title as well. As soon as you
understand the title properly you have a huge OH moment. You think you understand
it all the way at the beginning, but it actually happens at the end. And title
love as well!
them. Especially Grace the main character. And I think that is because her
character changes too soon and too quickly. At the beginning of the novel she
is a desperate and loss woman who is begging for her life to end while she is
the asylum. But then suddenly she becomes a clever and very intellectual person
who could even be snarky sometimes. That sudden change without there being a
particular reason for it made it hard to understand her.
mostly weird and hard to pin down because of that.
like the author jumped through the book and I could really cut it into stages.
One moment Grace is meeting this lady every week, and then said lady is
forgotten and she focuses on letters. After that there is no mention of letters
for a long time, and then they are suddenly in the focus again. The story
doesn’t run smoothly and it was like she remembered that there were supposed to
be letters a while later and then includes them again.
|I liked this book, but it did just need that little bit more to make it wonderful!|
mention of abuse in here, and there is a murder mystery which isn’t the main
focus of the novel but it was interesting to follow the clues and see it become
solved. Oh, and it is one of the few books which is romance free! A good read
overall, despite a few hitches.