Book Review: A Madness So Discreet


ashley | I’ve been wanting to read A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis from the moment I saw that cover. It looked wild, or looked mad, but also so beautiful. Much like this book.

I went into this pretty blind and had no idea what to expect, so I was pleasantly surprised with what I got. I loved the historic setting and the fact that a lot of this is set in insane asylums. It covers some very dark subjects, yet manages not to feel too dark or depressing and is still sort of a light read despite being heavy in content.

I thought it was so interesting how Grace is taken under Dr. Thornhollow’s wing and basically learns how to profile killers. A new concept for the time, it was really interesting to follow this learning process and basically gain insight into profiling. This whole investigative part had a real Sherlock Holmes feel to it, which I loved.

I definitely liked the climax of the book, though I found it all came to be quite easily. The killer Grace and Thronhollow were searching for through most of the book suddenly appeared and was dealt with so quickly so they could move on to the other big issue and I felt that was a bit rushed, but I did like how it all came together.

I loved the characters here also, Grace was strong and determined, her asylum friends were colourful in their own ways and the doctors and nurses were strong supportive characters.

I really didn’t know what to expect from this and I really enjoyed where it took me. McGinnis is a strong writer and weaves complicated stories without making them seem overly crowded and confusing. A very worthwhile and different read.


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october 6, 2015