Published by Katherine Tegen Books on October 6th 2015
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.
I was excited about reading this book, I have been reading some crazy book lately and couldn’t wait to read one more before going back to normal and not reading dark books. I honestly got to 12% and was pretty much done. Not only did I know exactly what was going on, I didn’t even care. Grace seems like a super complex character in the first few pages but then the story tells you her back story in the beginning, like before 12% no mystery or build just right there, out in the open…done. At one point she gets thrown into a more insane part of the asylum and this is when I got so confused because a bunch of characters get pushed in and I had no idea who was talking or what was going on.
I was looking for something creepy and the beginning gave that but after 12% (I skimmed) it seems like the asylum she is in that is really messed up, she leaves and a murder mystery begins. If I cared enough I would have stayed but I honestly would put this book down and it took me days to pick it up again. Just another book that didn’t work for me but might be more of what someone else is looking for. Sucks I had to DNF but I just didn’t want to do it.
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