A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Grace Mae knows madness.
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
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.
First, let me say...I LOVE THIS COVER!
It captures the book so perfectly! Moving on...
this book wasn't exactly what I expected, it still was a very good
novel that will be definitely be a hit among many people. There were
some ups and downs with this book, but overall I did greatly enjoy the
story and its characters. The writing was amazing in my opinion. I
immediately fell in love with the beautiful quality of the words, and
you can easily tell that Mindy McGinnis truly has a gift. I did love the
unique and creative nature of the story as well. Ms. McGinnis
transports you back to the Victorian era. You are immersed in this
setting so deeply that you feel as if you are actually there. Anyone
who knows me, knows that I adore the Victorian era, so this was just a
major win all around for me. I do applaud Ms. McGinnis for giving an
accurate portrayal (or seemingly accurate portrayal) of what it was like
to be a woman in this era. Whereas many authors don't fully show how
objectified women were, Ms. McGinnis makes it part of the story.
was an utterly fantastic main character, and I loved every single thing
about her. She was strong, relatable, quick-witted, and tough. Grace
has been through unspeakable things, things no woman (or man for that
matter) should ever have to go through. Although she is fueled by her
hate by her family, and is seeking revenge, she never actually lets her
past define her. While you only find out the truth surrounding Grace's
hate toward the middle of the book, you do have your suspicions along
the way. You truly feel for her, and you understand why she is the way
she is. I also loved her development and growth over the course of the
novel. Finally, as I said, Grace was extremely relatable. No matter
what she was going through internally, she always made sure to be there
for others when they needed her. Oh and the best part? NO
There were a couple reasons I decided
to give this book 3.5 stars instead of 4 (regardless of what the rating
says above...darn you Goodreads for not letting me do half stars!).
First, as I said, this book wasn't exactly what I expected going in. In
that way, it was a bit of a let down. There seemed a mismatch in what
the author wanted to do, and what the author actually set up in the
story. I was expecting dark, gritty, a bit gruesome, and thrilling.
While it had it's gruesome and dark parts, it's just wasn't enough for
what the summary of the book expressed. Additionally, the first part of
this book is very slow. It picks up, which I was extremely grateful
for as this would have been a very different review otherwise, but I
feel like there needed to be some editing in the first part of this
book. Finally, Dr. Thornhollow was a bit of an oddball. I liked him,
but didn't love him. Compared to Grace, he just couldn't compete. I
never was fully able to get a good read on him, and still I feel like I
don't really know him all that well.
Overall, I did very much
enjoy this book, but there was some aspects that could have been
fixed/edited. I would recommend checking this book out, but keep in
mind that the description is a bit misleading. I do think this is worth
checking out though, and I will be interested to see what Ms. McGinnis
writes in the future!
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Happy reading :)