Review : A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

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.  (From: Goodreads)

Title: A Madness So Discreet 

Author: Mindy McGinnis 

Genres: YA, historical, mystery, thriller 

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (US), 2016

Edition: paperback 

Pages: 372

⭐⭐ discreet stars…

Grace had learned long ago that the true horrors of this world were other people.

After reading the synopsis, I waited so long for this book.  I didn’t want to waste my gold on buying a hardcover; thus, I had to wait for the paperback.
I had my expectation hold up so high for this book.  I wanted to read a psychological thriller, like that kind of mind-twisted games.  I was never a big fan of historical fiction except for Nazi WWII.  However, the synopsis said that this book took place in an asylum!  That caught my eyes right away.  I’d already read Asylum by Madeleine Roux.  That book left me in awe.

The Things I Like 

– the writing 

Mindy’s writing is very detailed and delicate.  I like the way she penned the story.

The Things I Dislike 

– the plot 

Due to all my expectation, I was let down by the book in a big time.  It’s not a psychological thriller.  It’s not what I’m looking for.  I wanted to see how they dealt with mental illness or even what was going on with mental patients.  But nope.  Nothing like that happened in this book.

I’m not interested in the story at all.  I’m so done with teenagers investigating stuff as if they are good enough to be detectives.  

the characters 

I failed to connect with the characters.  I couldn’t care less about them.


I recommend this book to people who live historical fiction and teen detective stuff.  Well, fine, also to people who enjoy delicate writing.

That’s all for my review of A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis.  Thank you for reading.  Let me know what you think by dropping some comments down below.

Have a lovely weekend.  I’ll see you next time.  Bye bye 👋 


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