Audie Award Nominee, Best Thriller/Suspense Category, 2013
New York Times best-selling author Carol O’Connell has won a wide fan base with her popular novels starring NYPD detective Kathy Mallory. In The Chalk Girl, a little girl is abandoned in Central Park—with her uncle’s body in a tree not far away. Recognizing a kindred spirit in the girl, Mallory takes the case. But her investigation soon leads to a trail of murder and blackmail spanning 15 years.
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"[A] rich, character-driven series." (Library Journal)
This is my first Mallory book. To be honest, I don't like her and probably won't listen to another of her books. Nothing personal, I just don't like her personality.
The reader was awesome. It amazes me how she can have so many different voices.
The plot was good, but became very complicated and it didn't have to be that way. I have a hard time believing that all the characters would act as they did - none paid attention to the boy during his ordeal. I was disappointed with the in-fighting and back-stabbing of the officials, but admit it could be a little like that in the real world.
All in all, I'm glad I listened to the book, but I will move on to other authors now.
I love Carol O'Connell, but have to overlook some fundamentals of human nature to believe the plot of The Chalk Girl. The story centers on several gruesome old murders tied to a school. In the story no adult seems to care about the children, absolutely no one, not even the parents. Certainly in real life there are people who neglect or disregard evidence of child abuse, but in this book it's absolutely every adult from the parents,to the teachers, to even the kindly janitor who turn a blind eye to obvious injuries and deaths in this school. This book takes place in the modern day and the abuse took place 15 years in the past, so we're not talking Charles Dickins' day here.
Having said that, this is a book you can't put down. There is very little fat on the meat of the story. O'Connell is a talented writer and compared to a lot of the fiction being produced today, you can forgive the required leaps of faith to keep the plot rolling. The characters are complex and fully developed. The bad guys are really bad and the good guys are human. Lots of fun and I can't wait to read the next one.
The narrator is great too. She understands the story she's reading. She has distinct voices and gives a finely nuanced performance.
Thriller, cliffhanger, mysterious!!
The twist and turns this story has, will leave you at the edge of your seat
The tone of her voice changes as the characters speak.
a better narration
Riker-I think he's more complex than Mallory. Simple loyalty can carry the day but why good people put up with such damaged personalities is very compelling.
Worst narration I've experienced in 15 years of being an Audible subscriber. Accents and inflections were cheesy and maddeningly repetitive with no subtlety or variation of nuance. 95% of my listening time is during my commute and when a narrator starts a paragraph or sentence on a clear moderate tone then drops down to inaudible near whisper, half of the writing is lost. I really like this series but cannot stand to listen to this narration.
please change narrator
No just because I never read anything twice. But if I did yes this book worth another read
The beginning of each chapter
She always does a great job whatever she reads is one of my favorite narrators
Was an enjoyable listen and made me want to know more about characters and go back and listen to others books. Read this based on others recommendations and was glad I did
We have been members for several years and yet only now do I feel compelled to write a review. The subject matter is pure horror for me. The first few chapters I tried to fast forward through the gruesome parts but like a bad dream it never moved on-so I did. If pedophiles and rats don't appeal, then give this one a pass.
Yes, I think I was most scared listening to diary of the little boy that begins every chapter. Chilling if you ask me. Listening to almost any Kathy Mallory novel is time well spent. If you want a sociopathic, crazy, adept, cunning, skilled, cop with hero-like qualities than the Detective Mallory novels are for you.
To look up Williams' Syndrome. I really liked Cocoa.
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