A Madness So Discreet
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 w ...more
And I got it - for the first 10% of the book.
A Madness So Discreet opens wonderfully and horrifically. Grace Mae is in a Boston mental asylum where she has been hidden away to hide the family shame - she carries a baby that her own ...more
This feels like a second version of Jackaby, meaning there’s this lost girl, this intelligent, cheeky detective, this pointless and dull case and a weird atmosphere above it all. The only huge difference is there are no fantasy elements in it. No werewolves. No magic. I guess this is why I liked Jackaby slightly better, but really, both are sluggish and underwhelming. Did not finish at fifty percent.
“It’s a madness so discreet that it can walk the streets and be applauded in some circles, but it is madness nonetheless.”
I think I should start this with what Mindy McGinnis herself used to start her book in the dedication: For all who struggle in darkness.
She had me from that first sentence...
This is a book for the sane and insane, and for the ridiculousness of that division.
“Dear child, do you even know all the rage that is inside you?”
In this amazing and eye-opening book, th ...more
Am I a fan of bone-chilling thrillers? Yes.
Am I a fan of spine-tingling horrors? YES.
Am I a fan of hair-raising brilliancy? ASDFGHJKL YES.
Was A Madness So Discreet any of those things? Erm... no.
Then what the heck was it?!
Honestly, I'm not too sure myself. If anything, A Mandess So Discreet was weird as fuck. I had no idea what the heck was going on. And if I'm being really honest (which I am), I would have to say that the whole book just felt so pretentious.
First of a ...more
"They work their discreet types of madness on us, power and pain, and we hold to our truths in the darkness.
Let's play a game.
Let's play "Guess What This Book is About".
If you look at the cover and the title of this book, what do you think it's about?
I came into this book thinking that it was going to be some dark, twisted book about insanity and maddness. I got that from the book cover and the syn ...more
O plot desse livro é como um cachorro doido que fica correndo de um lado pro outro quando chega visita, querendo carinho, querendo brincar, querendo comida e de repente você está louco gritando O QUE VOCÊ QUER DE MIM?????????
Isso fez com que eu demorasse um pouco pra entrar na história porque eu ficav ...more
“They all had their terrors.”
This was an okay story, but it struggled to hold my attention.
I felt quite sorry for Grace at the start of this book, she’d been through a lot, was pregnant, and incarcerated in an insane asylum, and things were really not going well for her at all. As the book progressed I didn’t like her all that much though. She made some hasty and risky dec ...more
Mindy McGinnis instantly became one of my favourite authors when I received an ARC of This Darkness Mine and found it to be one of the most extraordinary books I had ever read. A few months later I picked up her newest novel The Female of the Species, which was equally captivating. Which is why I then bought A Madness So Discreet. First I fell in love with the title, then with this amazing cover.
A Madness So Discreet was a ...more
This title is perfect for this book. There is indeed a discreet madness that seeps through the pages. This is a very subtle yet powerful story that will keep you up all night.
Grace is locked away in an asylum to protect her secret. She keeps her sharp mind hidden behind silence, because Grace has one mission: never return to her family, even if that means she has to ...more
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Why this book is AWESOME:
-Strong female protagonist overcoming legit trauma in her past. She worked through it in such a real and raw way. She has a dark side and makes some bad choices but she was such an empowering character.
-Healthy portrayal of ...more
The haunting atmosphere, the subtle divide between madness and sanity, the twisting murder mystery and the mentorship of an investigative phrenologist - I savoured all of these in A Madness So Discreet. I absolutely LOVED the subtlety of the psychological problems and how even the most insane were found to have more humanity than the people outside of the asylum.
Grace as a character was fascinating, as a pregnant girl cast aside and sent to the asylum. She finds a way to escape ...more
Eu confesso que fiquei impressionado com essa história. Primeiro eu achava que seria BEM YA. E NADA NEM NINGUÉM vai me convencer que esse livro seja YA. Pra mim tudo desse livro remete a uma literatura adulta. A personagem pode ter seus 17..18 (na verdade nem sei se isso é falado), mas o ponto de análise não é esse. Os acontecimentos são muito pesados pra um livro YA, envolvem estupro, prostituição, assassinatos, além disso tudo, acho a linguagem do livro bem complexa p ...more
This book as a whole is beautiful. Mindy McGinnis' writing is amazing I could read it a long while. The only thing that really displeased me was that there was no romance in this book whatsoever though I think this is a very non necessary, or fair at that, thing for a book to be rated by, that's exactly what I'm doing. For me a book can't only be based on crimes and murder and getting revenge. There most be subplots and usally for me that is romance... Without it I was hooked t ...more
I recently decided what books I should buy as gifts to myself for Christmas.
Yes, I do that. I'm a control freak.
Anyway. There were some that didn't quite convince me, so I picked them up in these days instead of buying the physical copies. My suspicions were right and A Madness So Discreet has been the worst of those books I've discarded.
Let's start from the title, because it's blatantly deceiving. I was expecting a novel set in an asylum in ...more
"It's a madness so discreet that it can walk the streets and be applauded in some circles, but it is madness nonetheless."
I'm a fan of books that tackles the dark side of human nature. The irony though is that despite my love for the the evil nature of human, I still want my main character to be relatable.
A Madness So Discreet is a good book. Not great or bad but a good book. Let me start with why I gave it a 3.7 star instead of a solid 4 star.
What I don't like:
A Madness So Discreet ...more
What Is It About (keeping it b ...more
Yes. Yes. Yes.
But first! Logistics.
Grace Mae knows madness. This is the truest statement if I've ever seen one. Grace is one of many people in the asylum being kept there under false pretenses, and a tragic event further secures her family's mantra of her being "insane" or "mad".
Grace Mae and Doctor Thornhollow solve crimes together, and I often found myself trying to piece together clues and solve the things myself. Thi ...more
“I think we're all quite mad. Some of us are just more discreet about it.”
Whoa this book was really something. It's honestly one of the most under-appreciated and under-rated books I've ever read.
The story follows Grace, a selective mute who's locked up in a mental asylum, but doesn't deserve to be here. Harboring dark family secrets and a child inside her, she sees an opportunity to escape and risks everything to finally be free from the past that haunts her, but to do so she must delve into ...more
Actual rating: 3.4
"It’s a madness so discreet that it can walk the streets and be applauded in some circles, but it is madness nonetheless.”
Sanity and insanity. Are these two easily distinguished or things are more complicated than it seems? What is the line between sanity and madness? And what defines it? These existential questions people are trying to answer for centuries and still there's no direct solution or a formula which will calculate the right universal answer for all the problems. A
I didn't know much going into this book, I usually get so blinded by beautiful covers that, here on Goodreads, I just need to look at the book's shelves and decide whether to pick it up or not. Here the cover is stunning and words such as horror and gothic convinced me. Does that make me shallow? Maybe, but who cares? The ...more
O livro conta a história da Grace, uma menina que está em um hospício, grávida. E ali dentro ela começa a descobrir o que é insanida ...more
Love love loved Grace and Thornhollow. They're excellent together and I loved how the banter progressed as the time passed. I really enjoyed the entire cast of characters and found myself wanting more from all of them.
There are definitely some twists in this story that I didn't see coming and the ending was absolutely satisfying.
**Huge thanks to Katherine Tegen Books and Ed ...more
The beginning was pretty creepy and disturbing; the main character being in an asylum filled with horrors, terrors and madness is creepy and disturbing, right? And it is kinda haunting and felt like the horrors were starting to seep on my veins. Then, I've geared up mys ...more
>A Madness So Discreet is almost like an old-timey version of Criminal Minds. Set in an insane asylum, back when those were still a thing.
First, the scarily accurate representation of how people with mental health issues is disturbing at best. But this is a good thing, it means the author has certainly done her homework, and has managed to create this terrible, yet all too real atmosphere inside the asylum.
Things in the beginning are...more
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Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film my Stephanie Meyer's Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST was released in 2014. Her Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET won the ...more