Review: A Madness So Discreet

Title: A Madness So Discreet

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Rating: 2/5

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.

Honestly, I didn’t like this book. There wasn’t a real climax and it was boring. Some parts were, of course, more interesting that others but overall, it wasn’t something I enjoyed. I was expecting more craziness and it wasn’t nearly as dark as I expected. Does that make me sound hollow? I hope not, it’s just that it wasn’t really what I though it would be. I can’t really tell the main plotline of this story. I really enjoyed the first couple chapter of the book; they were almost close to what the blurb promised. But the rest of the book did a complete 180 and turned into a mystery-thriller type thing.


I found Thornhollow a bit creepy. He knows Grace a total of maybe 30 minutes and then decides he’s willing to risk his career to get her out of the asylum. He says he did it because she had a sharp mind and could remember fine details very well. I don’t know, I just don’t trust. I’m a naturally suspicious person. And, what’s with Thornhollow’s fascination with the insane? It was hinted at a couple times but never really explained.

I did really like Elizabeth’s character. She was so strong and perseverant. For instance, when Nell died I really thought she would break down, but she didn’t. She stayed strong for Grace and that actually surprised me. In the end, I think she was my favorite character.

Overall, not a great read and took a really long time to finish.

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