Welcome to my stop for the A Madness So Discreet Tour!
I'm so excited to have Mindy here today on the blog with a wonderful guest post!
Title: A Madness So Discreet
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Katherine Tegen Books (October 6, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Historical
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.
About the Author:
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. Look for her Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET in October of 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books. Mindy is represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary.
I have to be honest and admit that I went into this with very high expectations. I am already a fan og McGinnis and know what a writing genius she is so I wasn't expecting anything else from her latest novel, A Madness So Discreet.
Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed in the least.
Taken though a horrifying world and truth of what it meant not only to be a woman in the early 19th century but at the mercy of men that could lock you up in an asylum for no reason other than you were too opinionated.
We get a glimpse of what times were like for women like Grace and how horrible and awful those times were not to mention the facilities that she was imprisoned in. With medical technology about mental health still in its infancy, times were rough, tough, and so not okay.
But as horrifying as some of the living conditions and institutes (as well as those that ran them) were, the best part about this novel, was the relationship between those patients that were locked up against their will, with no sign of mental heath at all. The bond that they formed was heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once and I adored Grace and the other girls in the Ohio Asylum. Their bond was unbreakable and I loved how they formed a family of their own.
Overall this was a fun read even though it was slow paced in parts and the ending was a bit rushed and took some turns I didn't see coming that I'm still not sure how to feel about. But, in the end, I thoroughly enjoyed this and am so glad that I read it.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*a Rafflecopter giveaway
Great review! I'm glad even though it was slow in parts and the ending was a little rushed that you still enjoyed it. I've been wanting to read this one. I'm definitely going to enter the giveaway! :PReplyDelete
So glad you are interested in it!!Delete
I seen this one to review but I passed on it. I might pick it up at the library one day. I'm not sure. Nice review!ReplyDelete
Thanks Jazmen and I hope you do decide to read it eventually!Delete
The 19th century historical settings of Boston and the Ohio asylum must have been very interesting ( dark and gritty too!) in this story. I'm very curious about how Grace helps the doctor. It almost seems slightly supernatural. Hmmm. Very curious, lol.ReplyDelete
Lovely review and thanks for the giveaway, Ali :)
No not supernatural at all but still super good!Delete
I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Ali. I'm hoping this one will become available on audio so I can listen to it. It's such an interesting concept, setting and time. I can't wait to experience all the horrifying-ness of the book!ReplyDelete
Lovely review! :)
It was really interesting and horrifying all at the same time!Delete
Being locked up in an asylum is one of my worst fears Ali! Everything you do to try and prove you're not mentally incompetent only makes you look more so to the people in charge, and then you'd just be stuck there forever. *shudders* Still, I really want to read this and meet Grace:)ReplyDelete
I know Jenny! I was thinking of that same thing the whole time I was reading this but especially at the beginning. *shudders*Delete
I love the concept of this one. Glad you enjoyed it - Great review!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the awesome review and kicking off the tour!!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for letting me be a part of it, this read was a lot of fun!Delete
I have not read anything by McGinnis, but I have high expectations for this one too. I LOVE the sound of it and so many people are loving it...ReplyDelete
She is a fabulous author! I have loved everything I have read by her so far. ;)Delete
I have been thinking about this one, curious as I am... :) Glad it didn't disappoint! I hope to make time to try it too, the asylum setting and the historical backdrop are insanely (pardon the pun!) appealing :D Happy Monday, Ali!ReplyDelete
The background was my huge appeal too, well, that and that I knew I already loved the author's work. ;)Delete
I was really loving this one early on, but I agree with you, the middle dragged a bit and the ending was too rushed, and I wasn't happy the way the whole thing with the murderer played out.ReplyDelete
Yeah that was a bit hard to swallow but I sort of understood it too. I do with the ending would have been a bit more and less all at the same time.Delete
I remember in college when we learned about this one guy that did a study on psychiatric wards by admitting themselves in after giving them symptoms that would have him locked up, so after he got in he would act totally normal and every time he got an evaluation they kept saying he was not improving and all that stuff and finally he was like, yeah I am a doctor and you are a subject of my research and it..didn't go well hehReplyDelete
Oh my heck, I could imagine it didn't! How crazy is that?Delete
Sorry the ending was a bit rushed. I am really excited to check this one out though. I'm curious about the topic/time period.ReplyDelete
It was definitely fascinating. ;)Delete
This sounds pretty awesome! It's a perfect one for this month as well. And that cover rocks!ReplyDelete
Agreed on both counts Candace!Delete
Hey Ali, Happy Monday thanks for the great post and giveaway, wow when I first scrolled down I thought I was looking at Gena Showalter, Mindy's a dead ringer for her.ReplyDelete
Really? I'll have to look her up now and see LOL! Funny!Delete
Woah sounds like my kind of read especially around Halloween time! The cover is very pretty too. I also hate when endings feel like they are rushed. It does make dislike the book a bit :/ I'm glad you were able to enjoy though :)ReplyDelete
~Karina @ A Reader Under The Sea
Oh man, I didn't know the premise was like that (haha, yes, I was totally blind to the blurb!) but it sounds ABSOLUTELY intriguing. I read the author's previous works before AND SHE'S SUCH A GREAT WAY of writing urgency and tension in her works. I am definitely going to read this next!ReplyDelete
Faye at The Social Potato
Yay! I hope you enjoy it Faye and I can't wait to read your review!Delete
I thought at first you were going to hate it but I'm so glad you enjoyed it throughly. I have to admit I would totally be in the asylum if I lived at that time. Good thing I chose to live now. :DReplyDelete
I know me too! I was thinking that while I was reading this that I would have been so screwed back then LOL!Delete
meant to read this last week, but I got so busy it fell through the cracks! Will make time for it, definitelyReplyDelete
I hope you enjoy it Braine!Delete
Really sounds like a book that I need to read. I also like the cover, goes along with the picture of the cover!!ReplyDelete
It really does have a great cover!Delete
What a shame this is so unevenly paced..I do like the setting and darker aspects you mentionedReplyDelete
That did distract a bit from the story but it wasn't so bad. ;)Delete
Great review this one has been on my radar ever since I heard about it a couple of months ago. I might check it out of the library first though. Thank you for the awesome giveaway.ReplyDelete
I hope you like it!Delete
I love this cover! I don't know yet though, I don't like slow paced books I get bored way too easy...it still sounds really good :)ReplyDelete
It does have a great cover and the slower parts weren't so bad but yeah, it might not be for everyone. :)Delete
It's a new one to me but I really love the cover as well. Difficult when it's slow but I'm glad that you ha a good time with the story!ReplyDelete
Thanks Melliane, I am too. :)Delete
Ahhh this is on my tbr pile. Must. Read. Faster. (or skip naps *gasp*)ReplyDelete
Not the naps! :P I think I need a nap. ;)Delete
I've had my eye on this one for quite some time, it sounds enthralling! Thanks for hosting a Giveaway! :)ReplyDelete
Sounds really interesting. thanks for sharing and the giveaway!ReplyDelete
This has been on my tbr forever!ReplyDelete
Yay so glad that it is!Delete
Sorry there were a few problems with the read for you. To be honest it sounds a bit dark for me. I do like dark reads at times, but I think the injustice would make me so mad I would put the book down!ReplyDelete
The injustice was hard to swallow sometimes but in a good way. ;)Delete
I didn't realize this was a standalone. That makes me want to read it even more. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway!ReplyDelete
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
I do love a good stand alone. ;)Delete
This novel sounds so engrossing. And that cover...wow. Wonderful review!ReplyDelete