A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I borrowed this book from the library because it sounded like a creepy, haunting read. The cover even makes it look that way. But it didn't turn out like that at all. Mind you, I still enjoyed it.
Grace Mae was put into an asylum in Boston by her abusive father because she's pregnant. She stopped talking and is traumatised by what was done to her at the hands of someone she trusted.
There are a bunch of women imprisoned inside this horrible place of cruelty and torture who aren't crazy at all. They're just labelled that because some asshole man in their life has gotten sick of her, doesn't like her attitude, or just enjoys sex. Some seriously fucked up shit that makes your blood boil.
Anyway, when Grace finds her voice and attacks someone (who deserves it) she's thrown in the dungeon. But that turns out to be her salvation when she meets an unlikely hero and she's whisked away by a clever doctor. Leaving her family to think that she's dead.
In Ohio, she stays in a much better asylum where the doctors and nurses actually take care of patients. Plus she becomes Dr. Thornhollow's assistant while he tries to solve murders. She even makes some friends. It's not until her father resurfaces in her life that everything is turned upside down.
This book might not have turned out to be the creepy thriller I was hoping for, but it was a disturbing family drama with a twist of the (true) horrible insanity that dwells in asylums.