by Mindy McGinnis
A 2016 Edgar Winner: Best Young Adult Novel
A 2016 Bouchercon Anthony Award Nominee
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.
North American publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, September 2015
Foreign rights sold: Brazil (V&R); Poland (Illuminatio); Turkey (Pegasus)
Foreign rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Film/TV rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
A Madness So Discreet is a rich, dark feminist mystery with hints of a Sherlock Holmes influence … McGinnis excels at rich character development; every person readers meet makes a dramatic impact on the story and on Grace … This book is highly recommended.”—VOYA
[A]n engrossing read that kept me on the edge of my seat every single chapter.”—Book Riot
Grace’s story shines. Every person she encounters, mad or trapped by the label of madness, feels achingly real. Readers will wish they could watch her and Thornhollow solve murders for pages and pages more.”—Kirkus Reviews
Brutal, relentless, and haunting. Every character in A Madness So Discreet is more colorful and unforgettable than the last. With a realistic, emotionally complex, and clever heroine, readers will find themselves rooting for Grace from page one. Her story and McGinnis’s style are too gripping to ignore.”—Madeleine Roux, New York Times bestselling author of Asylum series
Grace’s personal struggles to find her own place and influence her own story mirror the historical struggles of women throughout history. Fans of period pieces and crime dramas will be pleased with this haunting tale.”—School Library Journal
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis is a bountiful buffet of twisted, dark intrigue … While the deed and consequences that were done break the heart, the human condition and what it can bear are displayed with such ingenuity and creativity that I confess to swooning over many of the passages in this book.”—USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, Must-Read YAs
Several storylines are threaded together in this powerful and dark book, examining the line between sanity and insanity and often indicting those who get to define that line.”—BCCB