Locked up in a Boston insane asylum, Grace Mae is not only trapped within the walls of her prison, she is trapped with horrific family secrets, including the bulge in her belly, that she desperately wants to forget. Desperate to keep it all in the dark, Grace remains mute. No one’s ever heard her speak, let alone know her entire story. During an act of violence, she is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is eventually discovered by Dr. Thornhollow, a visiting doctor who also studies criminal psychology. When he discovers Grace’s keen eyes and sharp memory, Dr. Thornhollow makes Grace his assistant at a crime scene. With the doctor’s help, Grace escapes the asylum and finds solace, friendship, and hope in an ethical asylum in Ohio. However, Grace and Dr. Thornhollow work nighttime crime scenes of a killer who stalks random women. While she continues to stay in character as a mad patient during the investigations, Grace realizes that she still has her own demons to battle in order to make peace with her life.
Of course, I won’t spoil anything; however, I will say that, although I wasn’t too fond of the ending, I really did like the story. In fact, I believe this is my first historical novel. The dialogue was excellent, including the writing. Honestly, I loved the way the characters spoke. The cover also caught my attention. This is actually my first Mindy McGinnis novel. Again, I was hoping for a little more toward the end, but the plot, itself, was great. Perhaps you’ll enjoy the book, which is also recommended for fans of YA and psychological thrillers.
A Madness So Discreet will be available on October 6, 2015.
About the author: Mindy McGinnis is an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio. You can find her online or on Facebook and Twitter: @MindyMcGinnis.
FTC Disclosure: I received this Advance Reader’s Edition from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.