Started off okay and then I quickly lost interest. Finished it all but listening to the audiobook helped.
Wicked, dark amazing novel!
It was quick indeed, nothing like the steaming baths at home, where she had taken care to clean under her nails, scrubbing imagined dirt away. She‘d never known what it was like to be truly dirty until she came here, and she washed away the asylum as best she could in the dark with a stranger only a few feet away.
This is what you ask of me, then?” He raised his eyes to hers. “You want me to cut into you, tear away your skin and your brain, and leave you a desolate, incoherent mess that feels no more?”
“Yes,” she said, the one word heavy in her throat as a tear slid down her cheek. “Yes, I would have that.”
Thornhollow crossed his arms and studied her for a moment before speaking. She stared back, savoring the appearance of a new face after being denied company for so long. The meager light could hardly penetrate the hollows of his eyes, but she could see the muscles of his jaw tensing as they studied each other, the slightest tic beneath his red sideburns giving him away.
“Grace,” Falsteed chided in the dark. “No.”
“The roses,” she said, sighing. “The smell of the roses, it undid me. How can I call it a life when I curl in the darkness, covered in my own filth? I was once surrounded by light and smelled as lovely as a garden. I‘d rather forget both than remember either.”
But Grace had sat through many sermons by her father‘s side, heard about the perils of hell and the fiery brimstone that surely awaited her if she took her own life. She doubted that hell was hot and sulfuric. Instead, she imagined it was comfortable and smelled like her own bedroom.
The new girl wasn‘t learning the efficacy of silence, the art of invisibility. Grace had given up speech long ago. Once the words no and stop had done nothing, the others refused to come out, their inadequacy making the effort necessary to voice them an equation too easily solved.
I freaking love this book SO MUCH which is kinda weird with it being about an abusive father and an insane asylum but whatever. The characters and their relationship plus the science of the time is so wonderful.
So much of the time I feel like I'm broken or I have a "glitch". This YA novel continues to restore faith in myself that I am capable of doing many wonderful things. That I must learn to live and appreciate my mind, body, and soul; to not feel like I'm empty or missing something. Sometimes I think certain books call to me just at the time that I need them. Books make me feel more than human beings ever have. #loveyourself #strength #kindness
The beginning was promising but the story began to drag and felt as if it was going nowhere. Honestly, I skimmed the last few chapters because I just didn't care.
This is an interesting story. The mystery is like the third thing going on. It is a story of a woman who was sexually abused by her father, became pregnant by him and was sent to live in an asylum till she gave birth. The asylum is a sad state with terrible care. She is saved from that awful place by events. It leans more to a pick, because there is a good story in there. It‘s not a mystery book.
"They all had their terrors, but at least the spiders that lived in the new girls veins were imaginary. Grace had learned long ago that the true horrors of this world were other people."
I'm already hooked and it's only the first chapter!
Late “lunch” at work, it was just so crazy. I snuck in a little break at work. Starting this book and enjoying it so far. It has already made tear up a little!
A historical thriller with a social commentary that's still relevant today. Privileged Grace is committed to an insane asylum but escapes with the help of a doctor studying the early science of criminal psychology. They then investigate a series of murders together. It questions society's treatment of the mentally ill &brings up interesting points about madness in general. Loved the setting &themes, but felt the story stretched credulity at times
Sometimes the loveliest places harbor the worst monsters.
-- A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
When it comes to character or plot driven, it really comes down to the book. I have loved both. Some characters are unforgettable, but some journeys actually take you there.
Day 23 of #JuneChallenge.
#bookishthisorthat: Character / Plot Driven
#livelaughbooksjune: Book Spine Beauty
I'm actually pretty impressed with myself right now... usually I make a list for the month and then read everything except the books on my list! That being said, there's a good chance I won't read these last three books since I'm not in the mood for any of them right now... but 8 out of 11 is not bad!
My inventory is done, the library is tidied up, my office is organized and I officially have nothing to do at work for the next 6 days until summer break... so I'm hiding in my office and starting this - hopefully no administrators come looking for me!
Book 2 of the 24-hour #readathon finished! I enjoyed this, although it didn't blow me away. Bits were really excellent and dark, but at times it just felt like Sherlock Holmes + Criminal Minds, in a 19th century insane asylum. Which sounds awesome, now that I say that, except that sometimes it felt like there was dialogue and plot pulled straight from those sources. It just didn't quite fit, somehow. Still a pick!
⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was pretty good. It kept me reading and I finished it fairly fast. I liked many of the supporting characters, but I felt that the murder solving plot was abandoned about halfway through, and Grace (the main character) was a bit flat, as was her doctor (the other main chacacter), Thornhollow. Not a terrible story but it lacked depth.
Finished this one up this morning while setting up some serology samples. It's a dark and brutal look at life in 19th century insane asylums and the reasons why women were committed to them. Plus, murder mysteries and revenge on top of that. I really enjoyed it and think the characters would make a great ongoing series.