A Madness So Discreet

  • by Mindy McGinnis
  • Narrated by Brittany Pressley
  • 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fantastically Gothic and Gripping

If you could sum up A Madness So Discreet in three words, what would they be?

Madness is thrilling.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Madness So Discreet?

The mental patient who could smell diseases . . . for real.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Grace was thrown into the cellar of the mental institution, in complete darkness, naked, bleeding, and then the lobotomy doctor shows up.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had an extreme reaction in that I love it so much I reached out to the author to tell her how much I loved it.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy historicals, Gothic tales, mental illness history or asylum history plus murder mysteries with a unique factor or serial killer tales, enjoy!

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- Stephanie

Credit well spent

The narration for this audiobook was pitch perfect. Each character came to life. And I will be looking for more read by her.

The story left me wanting more. From causing my to feel glad and angry. Bringing out my turns sadness and hope. I couldn't stop listening. The reason it gets four stars and not five I cannot say without revealing a spoiler so I will not. But even with my few minor issues with the plot line (which may not bother others) I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I must warn, if you can't tell from the description, this is not a feel good story. But it is intelligent and interesting.
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- Brittany

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio