Such a hauntingly beautiful, gripping, honest book! I was hooked from page 1!
THIS BOOK. OMG. It is so heartbreaking. In its exploration of the 19th century insane asylums, and the sane vs. the insane, it also explores the horrors that happen behind the closed doors of your home. This book honesty made me want to cry. It deals with so many hard issues like rape, mental illness, and incest, so beware! Even though this is a work of fiction, it was such an honest look into that time period and how they dealt with their “problems”.
“Simply using the words sane and insane is a way for the population to draw a safe line through humanity, and then placing themselves squarely on the side of the healthy.”
The heroine is such a tough, strong character, I absolutely loved her. Grace was put into the asylum after having become pregnant. Through a series of events, she finds herself in the care of a visiting doctor and assisting him in his murder investigations.
“Simply using the words sane and insane is a way for the population to draw a safe line through humanity, and then placing themselves squarely on the side of the healthy.” -pg. 135
A favorite thing about this book is that there’s no romance in it. Grace is a strong character on her own, and while yes, she is mildly attracted to the doctor, nothing comes of it. He is more her mentor than anything else. They rely on each other. And I loved that.
This was such a brilliant book, and I am so glad that it was Owlcrate’s October book!