Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday Reviews - A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Hello everyone!

Sorry it has been a while, but I am back today with a review for a book I just recently read, A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis! Lets get to the synopsis!


I'm writing this review a few days after I finished this book, because I really wasn't sure what to say about it. I can't decide if it was a novel about mental illness or a thriller. Maybe both I suppose?

Ok, so I did enjoy this book, that much I know. I found it very entrancing. McGinnis's writing has really stepped up from Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust and I really enjoyed it. I was hesitant because while I enjoyed NaDtD, I didn't love IaHoD. However, I am very glad that I picked this book up.

This book is set in an asylum based off a real life asylum, located in southeast Ohio, The Athens Lunatic Asylum. Some of you may know it as The Ridges, and I actually just recenetly read a book set there, You Were Here by Cori McCarthy. I find it interesting that I have never heard of this place before (maybe its because I'm Canadian) and now I read two books based on this location. You can look it up, its definitely creepy! Anyways, this book wasn't set here, just based off of.

The story itself was good and it held my interest. Without giving too much away, Grace is in an asylum in the beginning of the book, placed there by her parents to cover their horrid secrets. Again, I don't want to say too much, so I will just say that she ends up working with a doctor on crime scenes, helping him decide who the killer was and why, because the local police force are fairly useless. The doctor is supposedly using a concept of phrenology, the idea that you can be trained to "read," from the bumps and dents in the brain/head, whether or not a person might be inclined to commit a crime, such as murder, theft, etc. This practice was shockingly a real thing, but the doctor doesn't believe in it, or so we are lead to believe... duh duh duh!

Anyways, basically this book has two main lines intertwined. Grace, working with the doctor in an asylum, and Grace trying to free her sister from her family before she gets caught up in the lies. There was a nice balance of the two, and they somewhat collide at the end of the book.

Overall, a very beautifully, well written book about asylums, mental illness and a shocking twist at the end you'll never see coming! Highly recommend!