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Edgar Award for Best Young Adult MysteryMindy McGinnis, the acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, combines murder, madness, and mystery in a beautifully twisted gothic...
Edgar Award for Best Young Adult MysteryMindy McGinnis, the acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, combines murder, madness, and mystery in a beautifully twisted gothic...
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  • Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery

    Mindy McGinnis, the acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, combines murder, madness, and mystery in a beautifully twisted gothic historical thriller perfect for fans of novels such as Asylum and The Diviners as well as television's True Detective and American Horror Story.

    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.

 

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  • Mindy McGinnis is the author of Not a Drop to Drink and its companion, In a Handful of Dust, as well as This Darkness Mine, The Female of the Species, Given to the Sea, Heroine, and the Edgar Award–winning novel A Madness So Discreet. A graduate of Otterbein University with a BA in English literature and religion, Mindy lives in Ohio. You can visit her online at www.mindymcginnis.com.

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  • School Library Journal

    January 1, 2016

    Gr 9 Up-Seventeen-year-old Grace Mae's father is a powerful senator in the 19th century, and a scandal involving the family is simply out of the question; pregnant, unwed Grace is sent to an insane asylum. Her treatment there is utterly brutal, forcing a miscarriage, and Grace retreats into silence, refusing to utter a word. With the help of kind Dr. Thornhollow, Grace fakes her own death and escapes with Thornhollow to an asylum in Ohio where he is taking on a new position. In addition to his role at the asylum, he has a learned ability to read crime scenes well and has formed a partnership of sorts with the police to share forensic knowledge. Thornhollow sees in Grace a keen intellect and makes her a partner in his investigations. Soon they are on the hunt for a serial killer. Brittany Pressley's voices are vibrant and engaging. This story is engrossing from the start, and despite two odd plot twists toward the end of the book, this would make an excellent addition to any collection. VERDICT Issues of incest, mental health, and medical ethics make this ripe for book discussions as well. Recommended. ["Fans of period pieces and crime dramas will be pleased with this haunting tale": SLJ 8/15 review of the Katherine Tegen book.]-Suzanne Dix, The Seven Hills School, Cincinnati, OH

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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    August 15, 2015
    Thrown into an asylum by the same hands that nearly destroyed her, a 19th-century girl must redefine herself and the meaning of madness to survive. At Wayburne Lunatic Asylum of Boston, Grace is trapped in a nightmare; one patient screams all night, believing spiders crawl in her veins, and an orderly thrills at causing pain. However, the asylum pales compared to the hell she came from. Grace is not insane. Her father, a powerful politician, delivered her to the asylum after she became pregnant with a child he forced upon her. Though more horrors await her, Grace quickly decides she'll never leave. When young Dr. Thornhollow, a specialist in lobotomies, arrives at her lowest moment, Grace begs him to set her mind free. But he recognizes a rare cleverness in her and offers to spirit her away to assist him in his new endeavor: catching murderers. However, she must pretend to be insane to remain safe. Grace soon constructs a new identity among the maddest of characters. Though mired in moments of unthinkable cruelty, 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. A dark study of the effects of power in the wrong hands, buoyed by a tenacious heroine and her colorful companions. (Historical thriller. 14 & up)

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