A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Posted on 02/26/2020
Photo: Cover of A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

“This book grabs your attention from word one. Every page takes you deeper into a story that seems unbelievable, is suspenseful, and keeps you thinking until the last page.”

Courtney Brown, Red Bank High School


A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Red Bank High School.  Grace Mae is already familiar with madness when family secrets and the bulge in her belly send her to an insane asylum.  However, 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 Grace 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.


Editorial Reviews


from Amazon Readers


From Amazon.com:

“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


To check out more recommended books in the Hamilton Book of the Week at https://www.hcde.org/parents___students/suggested_reading.


Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. 


Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21    
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023