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The Chalk Girl: A Mallory Novel, Book 10 | [Carol O'Connell]

The Chalk Girl: A Mallory Novel, Book 10

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Carol O'Connell (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"[A] rich, character-driven series." (Library Journal)

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    Cecilia Hernandez 02-12-15
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    "The story picks up as the book continue"
    If you could sum up The Chalk Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Thriller, cliffhanger, mysterious!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist and turns this story has, will leave you at the edge of your seat


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The tone of her voice changes as the characters speak.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hunger Artsist


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    Pat Chicago, IL United States 06-17-14
    Pat Chicago, IL United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2004

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    "Love this series but wrong narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a better narration


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    please change narrator

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    SherreeTravis DAYTON, TN, United States 07-20-13
    SherreeTravis DAYTON, TN, United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth a listen"
    Would you listen to The Chalk Girl again? Why?

    No just because I never read anything twice. But if I did yes this book worth another read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chalk Girl?

    The beginning of each chapter


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    She always does a great job whatever she reads is one of my favorite narrators


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Brenda 02-28-13
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    "Pedophiles AND rats!"
    What would have made The Chalk Girl better?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

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    Philo-sophia Northern Virginia, United States 01-01-13
    Philo-sophia Northern Virginia, United States 01-01-13
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    "Psychos, bravery, and music of the innocent"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Did The Chalk Girl inspire you to do anything?

    To look up Williams' Syndrome. I really liked Cocoa.


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    Lauren 08-31-12
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    "Could not get into this at all"

    Looked forward to reading this and sampling this series but simply could not get engrossed in story or characters.

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    JMom Seneca, SC USA 08-27-12
    JMom Seneca, SC USA 08-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrific narration!"
    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought the characters to life. I think I've read all the Mallory books, and I hesitated about downloading this one because I was getting tired of the repeating elements of the stories--Mallory's personality and relationships. Listening to Barbara Rosenblat read the book, it all felt fresh and often very funny. She was perfect!


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    sherry Kirkland, WA, United States 07-07-12
    sherry Kirkland, WA, United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Perfect combo"

    I don't think narrator Barbara Rosenblat has ever put a word wrong. She's perfect for the dryly sardonic tone of this novel. When the writing is good and the characters well drawn, it simply doesn't matter whether the events are believable or not. The reader believes.

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    "Don't understand this author's lack of fame!"
    What did you love best about The Chalk Girl?

    The story itself is a masterpiece. Carol O'Connell is so very talented that it boggles my mind that she is not as well known as some other authors of the genre. The performance was pitch perfect as well. I love, love, love Mallory and all the "supporting" characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Most definitely.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. This is her best performance yet.


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    Chris Mount Dora, FL, United States 06-08-12
    Chris Mount Dora, FL, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Like O'Connell, love Rosenblat."

    More times than not I select books by my favorite authors. But for me, the narrator makes or break the listening experience. Ms Rosenblat is one of my favorites. Her performance brings all the characters to life. The story line is wonderfully O'Connell - quirky, compassionate, humorous and yet deadly serious. Won't give away the plot. Suffice it to say, an enjoyable listen.

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