Review: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Posted October 2, 2015 in review / 4 Comments

Review: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnisA Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on October 6th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
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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 from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

If you loved Criminal Minds, or at least want to know more about criminal profiling and their behaviour, then you should definitely read this book. Like, definitely, absolutely. This book was terrifying, from the start. In a good way. It started off with Grace being in the asylum, and those were the scenes that I hated. But I do not hate the book. I love it, actually. I love how it progresses from one asylum to the other, showing the stark difference in either one. Also, the way Grace and the doctor debates about whether one is every truly sane or not, was one of the reasons why I kept on reading this book.

I definitely love Grace and Thornhollow’s chemistry together, even if their relationship was just platonic. Their banter were the refreshing parts of this book, because the rest of it was definitely just all dark and twisted.

This book gave me a real appreciation for the people who are deemed as insane,because it shows us that some people are just different, or maybe they had something bad happened to them. Either way, I adore this book because it gave me an insight into the lives of those who we always look down upon.

Lastly, like I said, if you love Criminal Minds, this book will actually show you the basics of profiling a criminal, because that was the main focus of this book.

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4 Responses to “Review: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis”

  1. I recently read and really liked this novel. I was struggling to decide between three stars or four stars, but I did like this. I liked how it made me question what was sane, and although the pacing of the book and consistency was off, the mystery and the historical aspect was done well. Love the title and the cover <3
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