Valley of Ashes

By Cornelia Read (Audiobook, 2012)
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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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.

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.
  • On Invisible Boy:
    "Madeline Dare is as razor-sharp, as feisty and as dry-witted as ever, but the stakes have gotten higher: this time the victim isn't just one person, it's all the world's broken and betrayed children, and the danger can never be safely locked away. This is Cornelia Read's darkest, most passionate and most poignant book yet." (Tana French, New York Times Bestselling author ).

  • "Read expertly evokes the New York City of the period, from the nearly palpable grime of Chelsea to disturbing undertones of racism and classism in the justice system. Equal parts toughness and vulnerability, Madeline is always a bracing heroine." (Publishers Weekly, starred review ).

  • On The Crazy School:
    "Read's plot crackles and pops." (Booklist (starred review) ).

  • On A Field of Darkness:
    "Spellbinding." (The New York Times Book Review).

Product Details

Valley of Ashes
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Price: $29.99 US/$32.99 CAN
  • Audio Run Time: 660
  • ISBN-13: 9781619691643
  • On Sale Date: 08/14/2012
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