Invisible Boy (Madeline Dare Series #3)

Invisible Boy (Madeline Dare Series #3)

by Cornelia Read
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Invisible Boy (Madeline Dare Series #3) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Slessman More than 1 year ago
INVISIBLE BOY Cornelia Read Grand Central Publishing ISBN: 978-0-446-51134-6 $24.99 - Hardback 432 pages Reviewer: Annie Slessman If you read The Crazy School by Cornelia Read then you already know that Cornelia Read is a master storyteller. In INVISIBLE BOY, Cornelia takes Madeline Dare on a new adventure in New York City set in the early 1990's. Madeline, while helping friend, Cate, clean up a historical cemetery discovers the skeleton of a three year old boy whose chest is caved in from a brutal beating. This discovery leads her to a new friendship with a woman police officer and the rediscovery of an old college buddy. Interwoven into this story is Madeline's strange friendship with her college friend, Astrid. Astrid, the beautiful, has just married Christoph who has offered Madeline's unemployed husband a position with his firm. Astrid's strange behavior takes on a new high after her marriage to Christoph and Madeline finds herself caught between her loyalty to her husband and her friendship with Astrid. This is not a simple story. Rather it is one that is complex and thought provoking. Read combines the interesting elements in human nature, relationships and civic responsibility and threads them into one bracing novel. There is something for everyone in this work and I can understand why it was chosen for publication. Few writers today can weave such a complex story and yet, provide reading that will span age and educational barriers. Cornelia Read lives is New Hampshire and can be visited on her website at www.corneliaread.com.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1990 in Manhattan, former socialite Madeline Dare is happy with her marriage to blue-collar Dean though she does not like their dumpy Union Square apartment that she and her spouse share with her sister and their friend. Still she does not miss her former lifestyle of the rich and socially Mayflower prominence nor her exile to the Berkshires as she accepts being poor. Madeline runs into her distant cousin Cate Ludlam, who is leading a clean-up of Prospect Cemetery in Queens. Unable to say no, Madeline is drafted to pull weed duty. However, she finds the skeletal remains of a young child, who turns out to be missing three years old Teddy Underhill. Refusing to stay out of the NYPD inquiry, Madeline learns that the little boy was an abuse victim of his mother and her boyfriend. Unlike The Crazy School or A Field of Darkness amateur sleuthing stints, Invisible Boy is more a condemning look at society that is run by class status, heritage elitism and racial stereotyping; as justice is not blind to the affluent or the poor albeit treated differently. Readers will appreciate Madeline's daring exploits in Manhattan and Queens as she refuses to back down from a system that enables a three year old to be discarded. Harriet Klausner
jasonlee3071 More than 1 year ago
While the book is well written I did not find it up to my expectations as a mystery fan. For one thing the author spends too much time and too many words describing the main heroine's issues  her mother and boyfriend, her friends and their issues. along with other things. I felt this book could have been and should have been shorter if she left out so many irrelevant details and  info that strayed away from the main part of the story. The main plot here being solving the murder of a 3 year old  kid whose remains have been found in an old cemetary. Rather this story seems more focused and about the  heroine Madeline's issues and her likes and dislikes than anything else. I prefer reading something that  concentrates more on the main theme or issue rather than those of the protagonists involved.  For this reason I did not finish reading this because I found it tiresome after awhile. I prefer reading a good mystery or crime thriller that stays focused on the main point which in this case is the murder or crime itself and the hero  or heroine's attempt to bring it to a close. Without having to spend too many pages away talking about her social life  and that of her friends along with their tastes in shopping ,food,boyfriends etc. While some of this may be necessary  as part of the background of the characters involved I don't feel I should have to read thru 4 or 5 chapeters full of this without any mention of the main theme or what should be the main theme of the whole story.  After reading this I think I will go back to reading another Ian Rutledge novel by Charles Todd or The  Temprance Brennan series by Kathy Reich. 
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gl More than 1 year ago
Invisible Boy is the third of Cornelia Read's stories involving the quirky, struggling socialite Madeline Dare. Unlike The Crazy School which is part amateur mystery, Invisible Boy is largely focused on Madeline Dare, her family and her life which I found to be a more interesting read. From the earlier novels, we know that Madeline Dare's family ranks high in the Social Register and that her Mayflower legacy largely trumps her current poor financial situation. Though Madeline shares a cramped and no-frills (read: slightly rundown) apartment off of Union Square with her husband, her sister Pagan and her friend Sue, her connections and legacy still open doors. While she faces slights and snubs, Madeline handles things with her brand of grace and humor. I found Cornelia Reed's description of old prep school friendships especially effective and added to my appreciation and understanding of Madeline. Madeline's sense of justice also comes across well in Invisible Boy; she is willing to face all sorts of risks to bring Teddy Underhill's killers to justice. Overall, I liked enjoyed Invisible Boy. This third story reveals more of Madeline Dare's history and personality, which works to her advantage. ISBN-10: 044651134X - Hardcover Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (March 30, 2010), 432 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.