A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

24376529Grace 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.

How did I get the book? Christmas Present

Genre: Historical Fiction / Thriller

Review: I do like books where things do not go the path I predict that A Madness So Discreet is one of those where the protagonist, Grace, surprises me. Not only that, but the entire book is a wonderful complex web. No clear cut right or wrong.

Stories like these I always especially enjoy. I like my moral compass to be swayed, challenged even. Do I agree with Grace’s actions? Do I understand them? What would I do? All of that on top of a good story. Excellent.

The pacing is slow-building, with some books this can be a struggle but for the setting of A Madness So Discreet I thought Mindy McGinnis used it to her advantage, allowing the reader to become immersed in Grace’s world.

Once I began A Madness So Discreet reading I was captivated.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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