A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
"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."- summary from Amazon
This is my first McGinnis book, though I have wanted to read her previous books. Reading this novel made me further want to check out her other stuff. It's a creepy, suspenseful read that had me turning the pages quickly and never wanting to put it down, causing me to take longer and longer breaks at work. I'm usually not much for historical fiction, so it's a sign of a good novel that I actually get so engrossed in it. Grace is an interesting main character and McGinnis writes her very well, slowly unraveling her story throughout the book.
Overall, a fantastic stand-alone novel (hard to find these days) and I'm eager to read her earlier two books while waiting for upcoming books!
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