Valley of Ashes by Cornelia Read
(A Madeline Dare Novel)

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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.
 

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 www.corneliaread.com.
 
Published August 14, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 361 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A funny and sad novel about a woman trying to establish an identity for herself.

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Fire—both literal and figurative—threatens to consume everything in Madeline Dare’s life in Read’s wrenching fourth suspense novel featuring the former debutante (after 2010’s Invisible Boy).

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Read is able to explain this and rationalize it a little, but it’s still somewhat of a surprise to see Madeline act so passively.

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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 s...

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