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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 w
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Emily May
When I picked this book up, I confess I was hoping for something. Something that the blurb had promised and that the creepy, beautiful cover reinforced. I wanted this: the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

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 o
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Bloody hell 😳. The first half of the book was messed up! Then a bit later it turns into a bit of a detective book. Then I find out what one of the good characters was in the dungeon basement for; ewww!

And what’s her heads dad was a dick! He should have gotten something bad happen to him? But, he did end up in a certain place so I can leave that to my imagination about revenge.

Either way, I enjoyed it!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
I LOVED THIS. (I'm currently trying to write a coherent review for this, because I don't understand why this doesn't have the raving reviews it so clearly deserves and I want more people to read it.) ...more
Maryam Rz.

“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,
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
*Warning: I cuss. As usual.

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
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it

"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 s
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“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 d
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. Can't wait to talk about it more in my wrap up! ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
“I think we're all quite mad. Some of us are just more discreet about it.”

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
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
I loved everything about it. Hello new auto-buy author. This book will definitely be in my top 10 favorite books of 2015.

4.5 stars.

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
Trina (Between Chapters)
Edit - Upping my rating to 5 stars (from original 4.5) since it's the end of the month and I'm still gushing about this book! Definitely my favorite read of the month.

Video - 4 Reasons You Should Read This Book!

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
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, young-adult
Actual Rating: 4.5

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
That was one fucking satisfying read!
Julie Zantopoulos
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was surprisingly really really good. I had heard some mixed reviews and though I have the physical book I listened to the audiobook. I'm really glad that I did because we have a character with a heavy Irish accent and when I checked the book for a page marker I saw that her dialogue was written with an accent, all choppy words, and that would have driven me INSANE! As it is the narration of her character was over the top but seeing that she was actually written that way I can't blame t ...more
This is easily one of the most enthralling covers i have ever seen. Does anyone know if the book is any good?

tw: rape, miscarriage, murder, incest, gruesome scenes.

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
Kyla Harris
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
2/4/16 - 3.5 stars
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
Awesome, as always! A classic murder mystery with that McGinnis twist.
I loved the idea of this story and I had only heard good things about Mindy's other story, so I was quite eager to start.

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
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of dark conflicted historical YA

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

Paige  Bookdragon
3.7 stars


"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 Discree
Lauren Stoolfire
Grace has an absolutely brilliant mind and an eye for detail. She knows terrible family secrets and has been shipped off to a brutal Boston insane asylum until the bulge in her belly is gone in nine months time. The only way she can deal with her situation is to shut down her mind and lock away her voice, but when it returns in a fit of violence she is relegated to the cellar where all of the worst patients are held. While down there she is discovered by a visiting doctor who also dabbles in the ...more
Primrose Jess
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
So this was an unexpected page turner of a book for me. I saw it while at the library and picked it up on an impulse. What a novel idea of a plot that was not only heart wrenching but also so clinically detached and logical. I loved it. I actually am super curious to see if this will be the beginning of a series, which I sincerely hope will be the case. McGinnis has created far too interesting characters to let them remain as is, in my humble opinion as a reader.

What Is It About (keeping it b
Ayesha {Heir of Bookdom}
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: close-seconds
“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 in
"I think we're all quite mad. Some of us are just more discreet about it."

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
"The original meaning of the word asylum is, in fact, protection. I hope you have found it to be so in your bright surroundings, as I have found my own niche here in the dark."

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
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 violenc
Neil (or bleed)
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
With a beautiful and intriguing cover, I thought A Madness So Discreet had failed to mesmerize or even fully haunt me. But I will not deny the fact that I still liked it and enjoyed and consumed some aspects this book had offered.

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
Stephanie (Bookfever)
A Madness So Discreet was a unique book. I haven't read a story quite like it, but it was really good!

I'm not sure what to say about the book because it was so different from anything else I've read. I really liked the main character, Grace. She was so strong, especially towards the end. She wasn't totally sane and herself at times, but who can blame her?

The start of the book was rather confusing to me, starting with Grace being pregnant and stuck in an insane asylum so it took me a few chapters
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“These are your friends now, Grace Mae. A madman who eats cancer in the dark and another who searches for a different kind of killer, the kind that smiles at you in the light of day. This is your new life. I hope you can stand it.”
McGinnis first impressed me with her dystopian/survival stories in NOT A DROP TO DRINK and IN A HANDFUL OF DUST. When I found out she was tackling something totally new I was a little hesitant, but excited. Although I had a few issues with A MADNESS SO DISCREET, I
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Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning novelist who writes across multiple genres, including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery, and fantasy.

While her settings may change, you can always count on Mindy’s books to deliver grit, truth, and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us.

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