A Madness So Discreet
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Release Date: October 6th, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Thriller
Rating: 4 Birds
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.
A MADNESS SO DISCREET is listed as Historical Fiction by many readers on Goodreads – but I refuse to call it that. Yes, it takes place in the early 1900's, but you see I don't like historical fiction and I really liked A MADNESS SO DISCREET – so it can't possibly be historical fiction. Could it? Have I been wrong about an entire genre of books for years? Is this the book that will turn me around? Who cares, you want to know about the book, not which genres I prefer…
Grace is with child. She is also unmarried and young and therefore this makes her crazy by the medical standards of the day. With the word of her father and the signature of a judge she is carted off to the most deplorable of places, an insane asylum worse than even your worst dreams could think up. Seriously, think of the worst thing possible – than double it.
While locked away, Grace befriends a visiting Dr. Falsteed with the help of another patient, and together they devise a way for her to escape, to live away from this hell. Dr. Falsteed is something of a Sherlock Holmes, I mean this in that he's both trying to solve crimes (or rather to understand and chart them as he starts the base of what will eventually be Behavioral Analysis) but also in that he has the same lack of emotion, straight-to-the-point mannerisms like the character portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. I found his character interesting, but a bit long-winded at times.
Grace has an impeccable memory, and because of this she is something of a dream come true for Falsteed, who often will whisk her away to crime scenes in the middle of the night to "memorize" the details, which she will repeat back to him.
Filled with dark and twisted secrets, a carriage full of mind boggling characters and thrilling mystery – A MADNESS SO DISCREET will leave you guess right up to the very end, and shocked at what our very own Falsteed and Grace are capable of.
I highly recommend this to any one who, like me, doesn't like historical fiction!