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.
©2015 Mindy McGinnis (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
Madness is thrilling.
The mental patient who could smell diseases . . . for real.
When Grace was thrown into the cellar of the mental institution, in complete darkness, naked, bleeding, and then the lobotomy doctor shows up.
I had an extreme reaction in that I love it so much I reached out to the author to tell her how much I loved it.
If you enjoy historicals, Gothic tales, mental illness history or asylum history plus murder mysteries with a unique factor or serial killer tales, enjoy!
The narration for this audiobook was pitch perfect. Each character came to life. And I will be looking for more read by her.
The story left me wanting more. From causing my to feel glad and angry. Bringing out my turns sadness and hope. I couldn't stop listening. The reason it gets four stars and not five I cannot say without revealing a spoiler so I will not. But even with my few minor issues with the plot line (which may not bother others) I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I must warn, if you can't tell from the description, this is not a feel good story. But it is intelligent and interesting.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being outstanding) this is a 9!
A very good book I would recommend to most anyone!
I loved Not a Drop to Drink, but this book is so much better. While short, it is not a young adult novel as it deals with mature content. McGinnis has written a great story with strong, quirky, and interesting characters. I enjoyed reading about the different asylums as well as trying to figure out what would happen next with every turn. I'm not sure if this is meant to be a series, but I hope so.
Yes, I love Mindy McGinnis. Her books have never disappointed
Someone less simpering.
I have read 2 other books by Mindy McGinnis and I wish I had bought the book instead of listening to this one. The narrator did great voices for every character except Grace! Grace came across as simpering and weak, and just plain annoying. This is disappointing as Grace really is a strong character dealing with a lot of trials.
Mary Castillo, author of Hot Tamara and Lost in the Light (Oct 2012)
Rarely does a book make me gasp in shock, Mindy Mcginnis drew me so deep in Grace's world. This story twists and turns and leaves you hoping for more. Bravo!
Good story, got a little long. finished well. Grace and her friends are good characters.
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