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Book Review: A Madness So Discreet


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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.


My Thoughts

A Madness so Discreet” follows Grace through a life that hasn’t been very kind to her. Set in the 1800s, where women are meant to be submissive and men dictate everything they do, Grace is treated no differently. Betrayed by her own family, she finds herself in an asylum. Very unjustly so. During her time there she encounters friends that see she is far from insane.

In a bit of luck, she finds herself escaping with, the seemingly crazy himself, Dr. Thornhollow. Together they set off on an adventure neither of them ever expected. Helping the doctor solve murders through science she gains her confidence to become the woman she always needed to be. She finds herself, and along the way, justice for all the wrongdoings that have been dealt to her.

The writing is beautiful, and the story is easy to follow. I personally don’t like historical books but this one is so well written and easy to get lost in. The fact that it’s set in the 1800s isn’t always glaringly obvious and I personally preferred that.

With amazing character development and strong female voices, “A Madness so Discreet” may be the perfect book choice for you.

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