Sunday, April 18
Title: The Crazy School
By: Cornelia Read
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Feb 12, 2010)
Madeline Dare has finally escaped rust-belt Syracuse, New York, for the lush Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. After her husband's job offer falls through, Maddie signs on as a teacher at the Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for disturbed teenagers. Behind the academy's ornate gates, she discovers a disturbing realm where students and teachers alike must submit to the founder's bizarre therapeutic regimen. From day one, Maddie feels uneasy about smooth-talking Dr. Santangelo but when she questions his methods, she's appalled to find that her fellow teachers would rather turn on each other than stand up for themselves, much less protect the students in their care. A chilling event confirms Maddie's worst suspicions, then hints at an even darker secret history, one that twines through the academy's very heart. Cut off from the outside world, Maddie must join forces with a small band of the school's most violently rebellious students-kids whose troubled grip on reality may well prove to be her only chance of salvation.
The Crazy School is the sequel to Field of Darkness. Not having read the first novel this was a little rough at the start. Madeline Dare seems drastically out of place in this Santangelo Academy. I quickly found reasoning for the title in that this was a very disturbing novel. This book had spent quite some time on my TBR list, and was anxious to get my start once having receiving my review copy. Although, I was distracted much of this novel by the over use of detail by this author. I find it tiresome to understand all the history comparison within the novel. While I enjoyed the suspense and story line the over use of detail left me distracted, and gave the novel a feel of rambling through some of the chapters. I ultimately found the story enjoyable, but I am easily read to move forward and start the next novel.