Invisible Boy (A Madeline Dare Novel)
Like my alter-ego Madeline, I am a brittle, snarky bitch on the outside with a tender, delicate flower of a heart acting as my creamy-nougat center. Madeline is smarter than me, and a far better shot, and mighty quick with a snappy comeback — all the things I wish I was in real life. At least more consistently. I keep inserting her into my past so someone gets to say all the good crackling rejoinders I only think of years later, with great effort.
And by years later, I mean a couple of decades at least. I googled the author and learned she did mostly young adult books, which made me want to cut her some slack, I guess, but the writing is just horrible. Too many adjectives, too many failed attempts at being clever. In fact, the writing was so bad that it did a good job distracting me from the utterly mediocre plot.
The parts that try to deal with race relations were If I were a normal person I would have stopped reading about ten pages in, but I find it impossible to quit on even the worst book. The parts that try to deal with race relations were bumbling at best, racist and ignorant at worst.
A Madeline Dare Novel: Invisible Boy by Cornelia Read (2010, Hardcover)
I've been writing fewer reviews bc I generally do them on my iPhone but this was bad enough to merit one. I'm just glad I'm a fast reader so I only wasted a few nights on this. Jun 07, Sheila Good rated it did not like it. When I started this book, I was intrigued. Thought it would have some interesting twist and turns related to genelogy, race and a cold case murder.
In the end, it had more to do with a case of terrible, elementary, disjointed writing and I'm still not sure what story the author was trying to tell! I'm left thinking, perhaps, this was an exercise in junior high fiction writing class! Sep 22, John Seyfarth rated it did not like it. I gave up on this book at about page The story centers on the discovery of a 3-year-old boy's skeleton, the condition of which suggests murder.
However, the narrative lacks coherence, as the descriptions of the investigation are interspersed with nonsensical chapters of supposedly witty repartee between the narrator and her friends. These details have little to do with the story except to demonstrate the empty-headedness of these people. Jul 26, Kyle Kerr rated it liked it. This book didn't know what it wanted to be. It started as New York bitchy, then shifted to sad and sappy, and finished off as a courtroom drama.
I liked the main character I had no idea this was a series character , but found some of her motivation lacking. Interesting read but could've used some better storyline editing. Feb 19, Cheryl rated it really liked it Shelves: Boarding school educated, self proclaimed liberal, liberated and very much opinionated. She accepts an invitation to help in the clean up and restoration of a historical family cemetery that is generations old and has been vandalized for years and not been tended to professionally.
She comes upon skeletal remains in the tall grass and weeds and determines that the bones are of a child and freshly placed. Who is this child, who pu Synopsis: Who is this child, who put him here and why here in this family plot? She has some misfortunate accidents or are they intentional? From page one, I was pulled in with the writing style and, at times, funny New Yorkese narrative. During her quest to find justice for this child, Teddy, Madeline also learns that there has been abuse in her own family.
She is also trying to be honest and loyal to a long time friend from boarding school. Madeline has to deal with the dynamics of her relationships with family members, old and new friends, and a little boy she never knew. My Opinion and Rating: I found the style and narrative unique and enjoyable. I gave this book a rating of 4 for the following reasons.
Without giving anything away, I felt that there were two major traumatic incidents that should have been written with more of an in depth and detailed explanation. I also thought the same regarding the dynamics of the relationships that were involved. Mar 07, Gaby rated it liked it Shelves: 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 Invisible Boy is the third of Cornelia Read's stories involving the quirky, struggling socialite Madeline Dare. Though Madeline shares a cramped and no-frills read: 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. Grand Central Publishing March 30, , pages. Review copy provided by the publisher. Apr 03, Caitlin rated it really liked it Shelves: How did I miss this author before now? I picked this up because I liked the cover and the plot sounded like it had potential. It wasn't quite what I expected, but that's okay because it was really enjoyable.
Our intrepid heroine, Madeline Dare what a great name is a kind of Nora Charles sort of character - very classy and sassy. I enjoyed her and her friends enormously. The mystery at the center, the death of a small boy, isn't really a whodunit or a whydunit - it's more of a youknowwhodunitnowd How did I miss this author before now?
The mystery at the center, the death of a small boy, isn't really a whodunit or a whydunit - it's more of a youknowwhodunitnowdealwithit. Everyone here is pretty well fleshed out and the bad guys aren't quite the bad guys that they might be seem even though they're definitely bad guys. It's fun to watch Madeline trying to sort out her life now that she's in a phase where she's married and away from school and working and figuring out who she is as an adult.
Her dilemmas are believable and her tragedies are very real. Crisp snappy writing, good plotting, interesting characters. I'm going to find the rest of Ms. Dec 31, Peggy Walker rated it it was ok.
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I just got a new library card and raided the "new" mysteries shelf. This is evidently part of a series of novels featuring Madeline Dare She blames a great deal of it on being raised mainly in California. Honey, dysfunctional families live everywhere. I have to disagree with most of the reviewers. Everyone in the book is incredibly foul-mouthed. Everyone except maybe the police investigator uses drugs frequently.
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I found many I just got a new library card and raided the "new" mysteries shelf. I found many of the characters really off-putting, and didn't feel the others were well-enough developed. She threw red herrings around like confetti and didn't really explain or tie off any of the many, many loose ends. WAY too many vague references to past exploits no doubt the subject of previous books.
The abrupt ending made me think she just got tired of writing this story, but she planted the seeds for the next book Dec 04, Jo Anne rated it did not like it Shelves: After her first two books, I was looking forward to Read's latest -- disappointing. In comparison to her previous works, the main plot was lacking. And, the subplots were grossly underdeveloped and questionable as to why she bothered to include them.
At times, Read even managed to push her protagonist, Madeline, beyond edgy into unlikeable — sad to see. Hope this book is an anomaly and not the start of a trend. Apr 30, Alena rated it it was ok. I did not realize this was part of a series when I picked up at the library.
I will not be reading the others. Just a sad book. I think it is supposed to be deep and moving, and maybe for many people other than me. Not my type of book. Mar 22, Chris rated it did not like it. Although I found her previous two books entertaining, this one is awful It felt like a desperate attempt to make the characters "hip". I got to pages and gave up. Mar 08, Sara rated it it was amazing. Awesome book-can't wait for her next-at least, I hope she has a next. Read lets us question who we are and where we come from in this one. Apr 05, Jen rated it it was ok.
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Didn't realize this was third in a series with the same protagonist.. Overall, it was ok.. And I thought a lot of the dialogue sounded phony. May 30, Rosalind rated it did not like it. Purchased this from the BN discounted section for 4. Scattered sentences, idiotic characters Apr 20, Karen Hall rated it it was ok. The protagonist uses so much bad language that it was hard for me to read it, and I'm far from prudish. It simply distracted me too much from the action.
Feb 10, Julie rated it it was amazing. Can't wait for more. Sep 12, Kathy Davie rated it liked it Shelves: Turns out this is the third installment in the Madeline Dare…um, police procedural? I hadn't realized this was part of a series. To be honest, I can't imagine why anyone would want to read more about Madeline as I found her whiny and immature. I want to say it's a mystery, but it's not.
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The only mystery was who the boy was and that was quickly determined. It certainly was a no-brainer as to who did it. My Take What it is, is a fictiona Who knew? My Take What it is, is a fictional account of a woman at odds with her heritage, a clear view of the class she belongs to without the money to back her being in it, a clear if somewhat idealistic view of the world, and a strong sense of poor-me self. It's when Madeline finds the skeleton of a little boy, the ribs bashed in, in an old and neglected family cemetery in the middle of New York City that triggers her thoughts on how people treat each other and brings back memories of her childhood.
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It is a great example of how to avoid the dreaded info dump. The start is a crack-up and a very dramatic introduction to Madeline's views on a class of society that is incredibly self-indulgent with an overweening sense of entitlement. It's also an exploration of liberal versus conservative. It's funny in some respects and incredibly angry-fying in others. Yes, I made that word up, and it's how I feel. Christoph and his employees are, ugh, such Neanderthals about anyone outside their class who embrace a different point of view, and they believe women have their place.
Madeline is aided in her efforts by a colorful assemblage of friends, relatives, and new acquaintances, each one representing a separate strand of the patchwork mosaic city politicians like to brag about. The result is an unforgettable narrative that relates the causes and consequences of a vicious crime to the wider relationships that connect and divide us all. Socialite Madeline Dare is shocked when she discovers the skeleton of a three-year-old boy in her family cemetery outside Manhattan.
Determined to see that justice is served, Madeline finds herself examining the class and racial warfare that penetrates every level of society. The smart-mouthed but sensitive runaway socialite Madeline Dare is shocked when she discovers the skeleton of a brutalized three-year-old boy in her own weed-ridden family cemetery outside Manhattan. Determined to see that justice is served to the perpetrators, Madeline finds herself examining her own troubled personal history, and the sometimes hidden, sometimes all-too-public class and racial warfare that penetrates every level of society in the savage streets of New York City during the early s.
She is aided in her efforts by a colorful assemblage of friends, relatives, and new acquaintances, each one representing a separate strand of the patchwork mosaic city politicians like to brag about. The result is a gripping narrative that relates the causes and consequences of a vicious crime to the wider relationships that connect and divide us all. Reviews '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.