Grace is a desperate girl in a desperate situation. Placed in an asylum for the insane to hide dark family secrets, Grace retreats into her mind to escape. Escape the monster at home. Escape the horrors of the asylum.
A desperate plan is hatched to allow her to escape her prison and find herself useful in the unknown science that would become forensics.
With the help of Dr. Thornhollow and her two friends from the asylum, Grace finds a way to reconnect with life, use her gift of observation and dish out some satisfying revenge.
This books has sat on my bedside table for two months waiting to be read. I like the author’s other books, Not A Drop To Drink and In A Handful Of Dust, but something about the story line just was not that interesting. I could not have been more wrong. This a fast-paced read with compelling characters.
The scenes in the asylum are appalling along with the practice of lobotomy to subdue inmates. The horror of Grace’s situation is vivid and nauseating. Seeing a glimpse of the care for the mentally ill in the 1850s is not a pretty picture. The author does a good job of showing the true insane and the other inmates that are inconvenient for family or the community.
Surprised myself by how much I like it!
3 1/2 out of 4 stars