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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,004 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cornelia Read Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Madeline Dare Mysteries Release Date:
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Madeline Dare has traded in the drudgery of living in backwoods Syracuse, New York, to work as a teacher at Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for emotionally disturbed teenagers in the Berkshires. Behind the ornate gates of the academy, she finds a disturbing realm where students and teachers must follow the dean’s bizarre therapies. From her first day, Madeline doubts Dr. Santangelo’s credibility, and she’s not afraid to voice her concerns. But she quickly discovers that many of her colleagues are devout followers of the dean. When a chilling event confirms Madeline’s suspicions, she feels trapped within a school full of lunatics. Shut off from the outside world, Maddie forms an unlikely alliance with a small group of rebellious students whose constant resistance to authority may be her only salvation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s the unflinching drama and sharply drawn characters that make this book, and both are ably realized by Hilary Huber…She perfectly evokes Madeline with a mix of tart cynicism and warm compassion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Read’s novel is fast-paced; once the action starts, don’t even think about putting it down. The motives behind the murders are complex, and the ultimate heroes and bad guys are a total surprise. Strongly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The memorable characters include argyle-clad WASPs, slackers, rebels, and prudes, and Huber captures them all through her wry reading, easily reflecting Madeline’s clever banter and barbs. Huber’s reading is dripping with irony, well suited to this deliciously twisted, witty narrative.”


  • “Another swiftly plotted mystery peppered with wonderful one-liners…The series belongs on the must-read list of anyone who enjoys mystery mixed with comedy.”


  • “Hillary Huber effectively conveys Madeline’s frustration, empathy, and fear. She also does a great job with the teens….her tight pacing keeps the listener’s interest even past the climax.”


  • “Madeline’s deadpan voice, acid wit and psychological depth are the perfect counterpoint to the novel’s positively Gothic plot…Caustic, gripping and distinctive—intelligent entertainment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Lou | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting mystery set at an alternative boarding school. Satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jonna | 2/13/2014

    " This book was so compelling, I read it twice - not something I typically do with a mystery, but it was separated by years, so that helped. It was a page turner, both times! I definitely recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mallory | 2/1/2014

    " This sequel was even stranger than the first book. My jury is still out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Celeste | 1/16/2014

    " I wasn't a fan of Cornelia Read's style of writing, but I did enjoy reading about the therapies of the 1960's and 1970's that we now know were not empirically valid and sound so useless in hindsight. She had very vivid descriptions of random situations, such as the way she drove her car (that I found boring) and the sensations associated with the flu (which I could relate to, since I recently had the flu-- and her description was spot on). The plot was interesting, if unlikely. I knew one character's suspected guilt was a read herring and I would have liked to explore the characters like Tim and Mindy more, but overall I'd recommend it to readers that like mysteries set in a boarding school or school for troubled youth. "

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