The Crazy School by Cornelia Read
(Madeline Dare)

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From the acclaimed author of A FIELD OF DARKNESS comes another compelling novel featuring the acerbic and memorable voice of ex-debutante Madeline Dare.

Madeline Dare has finally escaped rust-belt Syracuse, New York, for the lush Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. After her husband's job offer falls through, Maddie signs on as a teacher at the Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for disturbed teenagers. Behind the academy's ornate gates, she discovers a disturbing realm where students and teachers alike must submit to the founder's bizarre therapeutic regimen. From day one, Maddie feels uneasy about smooth-talking Dr. Santangelo but when she questions his methods, she's appalled to find that her fellow teachers would rather turn on each other than stand up for themselves, much less protect the students in their care. A chilling event confirms Maddie's worst suspicions, then hints at an even darker secret history, one that twines through the academy's very heart. Cut off from the outside world, Maddie must join forces with a small band of the school's most violently rebellious students-kids whose troubled grip on reality may well prove to be her only chance of salvation.

About Cornelia Read

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Cornelia Read grew up in New York, California, and Hawaii. She is a reformed debutante who currently lives in New York City. To learn more about the author, you can visit her website at
Published January 10, 2008 by Grand Central Publishing. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Another bitterly amusing mystery from the author of A Field of Darkness (2006).

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Ex-California rich girl Madeline Dare returns for a second mystery (after Field of Darkness ), set in 1989 at a school for disturbed adolescents in the Berkshires

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This is the second Cornelia Read novel I’ve read in the last few months which is obviously a sign that I enjoy an author.

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What I will say, though, is that in her books (here and in her debut novel, A FIELD OF DARKNESS), Read has developed a knack for doing something that is typically Hitchockian --- putting her heroine in the way of suspense, danger and murder, but not doing so in a deliberate way.

Dec 28 2010 | Read Full Review of The Crazy School (Madeline Dare)


After her husband's job fell through, Madeline finds employment as a teacher at the Santangelo Academy, a school for troubled teens.

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           The thing I discovered while writing this review is that my reflections on both novels differ greatly from the feelings I had when I was reading them. I don’t know if this is the case for most mystery novels, a genre of which I’m not overly familiar, or if Read’s pl...

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