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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.
©2015 Mindy McGinnis (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Alexis☺ on 01-13-17

Thoughtful dark Gothic

McGinnis's A Madness so Discreet is daring and engaging until her heroine begins to presume upon the righteousness of being horribly wronged. Great originality, particularly in the underground prison relationships. But the main character begins to make decisions that are both questionable for someone who has been through what she has and is fighting for survival and, hopefully, questionable for a sympathetic reader. Her arguments with her doctor and his willingness to continue to work with her under the conditions she creates in their skewed power relationship may make good feminist fantasy but also begin to wear on this reader's suspended disbelief. By the end, I was too conscious of frayed edges and unexplored possibilities to sympathize with any of the adult women characters in the book, and this also affected my rating of the narrator. Her Nell feels heavy and overblown, hard to see as the virginal victim that she actually was, and I wondered if the way the author portrayed her bordered on blaming the victim. Perhaps a lighter tone for that character might have helped me hold on to my sympathy for her and the woman who tried to help her.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-31-16

loose ends.

the way the author portrayed every character was perfectly done. however it seemed there were too many loose strings. like the book was completed in a hurry. the beginning was so deep and emotional and then towards the end, it seemed so rushed. it's disappointing because it was so well written until the last couple of chapters.

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