Valley of Ashes by Cornelia Read audiobook

Valley of Ashes

By Cornelia Read
Read by Hillary Huber

Hachette Book Group

The Madeline Dare Mysteries: Book 4

11.17 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $29.99

    ISBN: 9781619691643

Madeline Dare trades New York’s gritty streets for the tree-lined avenues of Boulder, Colorado, when her husband Dean lands a promising job. Madeline, now a full-time homemaker and mother to beautiful toddler twin girls, has achieved everything she thought she always wanted, but with her husband constantly on the road, she’s fighting a losing battle against the Betty Friedan riptide of suburban/maternal exhaustion, angst, and sheer loneliness. A new freelance newspaper gig helps her get her mojo back, but Boulder isn’t nearly as tranquil as it seems: there’s a serial arsonist at large in the city. As Madeline closes in on the culprit, the fires turn deadly—and the stakes tragically personal. She’ll need every ounce of strength and courage she has to keep the flames from reaching her own doorstep, threatening all she holds most dear.

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Summary

Summary

Madeline Dare trades New York’s gritty streets for the tree-lined avenues of Boulder, Colorado, when her husband Dean lands a promising job. Madeline, now a full-time homemaker and mother to beautiful toddler twin girls, has achieved everything she thought she always wanted, but with her husband constantly on the road, she’s fighting a losing battle against the Betty Friedan riptide of suburban/maternal exhaustion, angst, and sheer loneliness. A new freelance newspaper gig helps her get her mojo back, but Boulder isn’t nearly as tranquil as it seems: there’s a serial arsonist at large in the city. As Madeline closes in on the culprit, the fires turn deadly—and the stakes tragically personal. She’ll need every ounce of strength and courage she has to keep the flames from reaching her own doorstep, threatening all she holds most dear.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The sharpest humor comes with a pinch of suffering, and Madeline Dare suffers big time in Cornelia Read’s new mystery about this fugitive socialite from Oyster Bay, Long Island…Madeline is funny when she’s depressed (‘I’m fat, my marriage is tanking, and I want to run away with the circus’), but the only person who appreciates her bleak humor is a friend with domestic issues of her own (‘I just want to be a widow. Is that so wrong?’).” New York Times
“With remarkable originality, she scores again in a novel that transcends genre and leaves the reader spellbound.” Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Fire—both literal and figurative—threatens to consume everything in Madeline Dare’s life in Read’s wrenching fourth suspense novel…There’s an inevitable sense of doom throughout, which Read doles out in perfectly proportioned doses.” Publishers Weekly
“Read’s dialog and character and scene descriptions are compelling, and the narrative is touching, humorous, and moves at a satisfying and suspenseful pace. Fans of Read’s series and readers fond of Karin Slaughter, Gillian Flynn, and Nicci French will enjoy this latest outing.” Library Journal
“A funny and sad novel about a woman trying to establish an identity for herself…The tone is reminiscent of Janet Evanovich’s novels…A fast-paced, well-written book.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Cornelia Read

Author Bio: Cornelia Read

Cornelia Read is the author of Valley of AshesInvisible Boy, and The Crazy School. Read’s first novel, A Field of Darkness, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 11.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English