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A Madness So Discreet
A Madness So Discreet | Mindy McGinnis
Mindy McGinnis, the acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, combines murder, madness, and mystery in a beautifully twisted gothic historical thriller perfect for fans of novels such as Asylum and The Diviners as well as television's True Detective and American Horror Story.Grace Mae is already familiar with madness when family secrets and the bulge in her belly send her to an insane asylum—but it is in the darkness that she finds a new lease on life. When a visiting doctor interested in criminal psychology recognizes Grace's brilliant mind beneath her rage, he recruits her as his assistant. Continuing to operate under the cloak of madness at crime scenes allows her to gather clues from bystanders who believe her less than human. Now comfortable in an ethical asylum, Grace finds friends—and hope. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who will bring her shaky sanity and the demons in her past dangerously close to the surface.
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mandi1082
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Bailedbailed

Started off okay and then I quickly lost interest. Finished it all but listening to the audiobook helped.
2⭐⭐😞

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Pickpick

Wicked, dark amazing novel!

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dizie_lizie
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A few of the ⭐️4+ thrilling reads off of my shelves

Day 15: #thriller #blackcatchallenge

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Valk
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Thornhollow said,"To me the insane are simply people who have chosen not to participate in the world in the same manner as the majority, and there are days I wonder if they‘ve got the right of it. I think we‘re all quite mad. Some of us are just more discreet about it."

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Valk
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Simply using the words sane and insane is a way for the population to draw a safe line through humanity, and then place themselves squarely on the side of the healthy.”

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Valk
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“Don‘t be deceived by a pleasant setting, Doctor,” Grace warned. “Sometimes the loveliest places harbor the worst monsters.”

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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.

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Thornhollow nodded and then glanced about the room. “You should register a complaint about the lodgings.”
 A bubble rose up in Grace‘s throat, erupting in the form of a laugh, and she clasped her hand down on her mouth in astonishment. Thornhollow smiled.

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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.”

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Valk
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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.

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“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.”

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Valk
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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.

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Valk
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They all had their terrors, but at least the spiders that lived in the new girl‘s veins were imaginary. Grace had learned long ago that the true horrors of this world were other people
#terrors #horror

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Valk
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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.
#amadnesssodiscret #YAnovel

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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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.

theresidentromantic I finished this book and like stared at my fiance for a few minutes, trying to process the 112 emotions I was going through!! So good 💕 Glad you liked it! 12mo
blondie I own this one and seriously need to read it soon! 12mo
Johanna414 I‘ve loved all of her books that I‘ve read so far. Have you read 11mo
SassenachTheBookWizard @Johanna414 oh god. That book makes me cry 11mo
IheartYA TBH I thought it was awful. 😣 11mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Time for a reread of one of my favourite (though messed up) books.

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RebeccaRoo7
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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

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TheFunkyBookworm Whoah! Just read the summary- I am ALL IN on this one!!!! Thanks for participating! 💜 13mo
Slajaunie @TheFunkyBookworm Glad you like it. I haven‘t read it either but I will! 📚 13mo
jwashreads I was thinking of doing this one!! 13mo
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IheartYA
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Panpan

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.

mariaku21 I agree, it started out with a great premise but floundered. I read another of her's which I did end up liking much better 13mo
IheartYA @mariaku21 Not a Drop to Drink sounds more my style. Maybe I'll try it. Thanks😊 13mo
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#GetMovin #Ghost https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tA8AfQaUnXM

I love this song and haven‘t heard it on the radio in forever; thanks, @Cinfhen for adding it to your challenge!

theresidentromantic I love that book ❤❤ 1y
Cinfhen This month‘s awesome playlist is compliments of @eanderson 😎I get zero credit, but I‘m enjoying it too!! 1y
CrowCAH @theresidentromantic , @beccaeve said it was amazing, so I can‘t wait to read it! 1y
CrowCAH @Cinfhen awesome; thanks @eanderson !!! 😗 1y
beccaeve This is so good! I can't wait to hear what you think! 1y
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Craftylikefox
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Pickpick

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.

olivia.ferz Sounds interesting! 1y
Craftylikefox @olivia.ferz it is! There are some parts I wish they had given more focus on though. 1y
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"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!

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! New book friends are the best! We hope you‘re loving it here! Checkout these #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out #LitsyHappenings for details. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉🎊🙌🏻 1y
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Craftylikefox
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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!

theresidentromantic This book had me feeling 100 things, I'm STILL undecided. Can't wait till you finish it! 1y
jwashreads Oh man the whole beginning--was not expecting that in a YA novel... 1y
Craftylikefox @theresidentromantic I am still early in the book so I am curious to see where it goes. 1y
Craftylikefox @jwashreads it‘s a pretty intense start! 1y
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theresidentromantic Great gif! I really enjoyed this read a few years ago :) 1y
Scurvygirl 💜💜 1y
cobwebmoth So cool! 1y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Pickpick

And spot number nine goes to...

https://youtu.be/gEsSWmFRIcI

#booktube

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Brie
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Mehso-so

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

398.2 Interesting cover 2y
RowReads1 This has been on my TBR list for awhile. 💕🤔😂 2y
mrp27 This is my YA book clubs pick for this month. I haven't started it yet. 2y
kspenmoll I have been in & off Litsy due to just life, but as I scroll through your posts I am realizing how much I enjoy your creativity, thoughtful commentary & presentation- really a joy to visit your posts after an absence! 💙💜 2y
Brie @kspenmoll Oh thank you! That‘s really nice to hear :) 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Book haul. Part 2 of 2.

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deadtossedwaves
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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
#amadnesssodiscreet #mindymcginnis

#bookstagram #bookspine

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Johanna414
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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!

britt_brooke 8/11 is amazing!! 2y
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Johanna414
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While I wasn't blown away by this like I was with The Female of the Species, there was a lot to take away here. It was a really interesting look at treatment of mental illness in the late 1800s and had a murder mystery to boot!

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Johanna414
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I love this!

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Johanna414
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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!

SaraPortman Oh my goodness. What a stunningly evocative cover. I was unaware of this book and now want to read it just for the cover and title. I'll be watching to see what you think of it. 2y
Johanna414 @SaraPortman I bought it solely because of the cover, then read something else by this author and loved it. So I've got high hopes for it 2y
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KimmyM
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Finally finished! I liked this book but I also put it down for a few months so I guess I wasn't that into it...

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missevievelyn
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Pickpick

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!

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missevievelyn
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Finished book one, starting book two of the 24 hour #readathon! 😊

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Fancypants
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Pickpick

I feel like this book as been on my TBR list forever. Finally got around to reading it and loved it. Have really enjoyed the authors writing so far.

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April
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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.

BethFishReads I agree. I may have liked this a bit more than you did, but still just an okay book. 2y
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Ddsunflowers
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"I think we're all quite mad. Some of us are just more discreet about it."

Enjoying a relaxing free day at @TheBookmarkPR with a great book.

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stacybmartin
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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.

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stacybmartin
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Coming up next on my #labsoundtrack while I package evidence to return.

v_cuev Great cover! 2y
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melrailey
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Not at all what I expected but a delight just the same. I'd love for the author to make a series with these characters. This almost gets me to five hours. ##24in48

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Purplerosiepage
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It took a bit of a head-scratching turn, but I would recommend this.

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Still true. I am loving this book.