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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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    Bessie Hawley-Crissman 05-30-12

    I have been a member of Audible since the mid 90's. I love the format and have listened to hundreds of books. With the new I-Phone version, I can take my stories everywhere with me. Thank you so much for this great service.

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    "Keep them coming!!"
    If you could sum up The Chalk Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Mesmerizing, Intriguing and Provoking


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

    The plot was revealed a little with each prelude to chapters, however you could not stop listening because you want to see what Mallory does next.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Rosenblat utilizes different inflections to voice each character. It is so easy to follow her work in listening to the narrative. She does an amazing job in everything she performs.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I realized that the readings were the voice of the child that had been killed.


    Any additional comments?

    Mallory is one of my favorite characters. I only hope the author continues this series. I look forward to a future with more adventures. I am also going back to listen to the series from beginning to end. The stories are so good that you often miss things in only one listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 05-02-12
    Mary 05-02-12
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    "Got a love/hate relationship with this series"

    I have to read every book because I keep waiting for the happy ending tied with a big red bow. Ain't gonna happen, but the journey is a wild ride. With this one, start from the first book. It's worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia berkeley, CA, United States 04-07-12
    Julia berkeley, CA, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Carol O'Connell is always brilliant"
    If you could sum up The Chalk Girl in three words, what would they be?

    I love her characters, especially Mallory. I also loved the Chalk Girl and her rats. I don't notice O'Connell's writing, which means I am enjoying it quite a lot. She's one of my favorite mystery writers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doris Sulphur Springs, TX, United States 04-05-12
    Doris Sulphur Springs, TX, United States 04-05-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "O'Connell at her best...Again!"
    If you could sum up The Chalk Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent!
    Compelling
    Exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns in the story kept me guessing. Mallory shows a little of her well hidden emotions in this story line yet maintains the tough girl exterior to all but Butler and of course Cocoa.


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

    Cocoa


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughter


    Any additional comments?

    O'Connell is my favorite author, and I haven't found an unsatisfactory book in anything she has written.The Mallory Series is great and so are her other works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 03-06-12
    Valerie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2010

    OD

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    "This story keeps you guessing!"

    I enjoyed this mystery that constantly keeps you guessing until the end. While I sometimes find the present action, past reflection, and back to the present sometimes distracting, it is a tried and true writing style that keeps drawing you forward. This is my second favorite Mallory story. The first is Find Me. And I love Barbara Rosenblat's narration. I wish all of the Mallory books were in her voice. It suits the Kathy Mallory character very well. Worth the read.

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    Carol Winnipeg, MB, Canada 01-31-12
    Carol Winnipeg, MB, Canada 01-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Mallory's Back!"

    This mystery is all I'd hoped it would be after waiting three years for a new Carol O'Connell novel. I love the inscrutable Mallory and how she's always steps ahead of the other characters. Yes, there is violence involving children which can be difficult to listen to, but it's not gratuitous and helps us understand why things happened as they did.

    At first I was disappointed to see that Barbara Rosenblat was narrating since I've found Alyssa Bresnahan to be the consummate reader of the Mallory books. However, Rosenblat (whom I've enjoyed in Laura Lippman and Lisa Scottoline audiobooks) grew on me and I was no longer distracted by her voice.

    I downloaded this novel as soon as it came out and listened at every opportunity till I got to the end. I’m thoroughly enjoying hearing the story again. Carol O'Connell is a writer who is not for everyone, but if you liked her previous books, I recommend this one highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 01-25-12
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2008

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "Narrator Ruined Book"

    Someone must have told the woman that reads this book that she was auditioning for a play. She was so intent on adding flourishes and intonations and all the little things actors do in LIVE performances, that the words were at times lost to the listener.
    This is the poorest performance in my audio book experience. Books are written to be read, not performed. The descriptives are in the text and need no amplification by the audio book reader. In this case it significantly interfered with the listeners ability to hear the text. These performances have 'directors" that should understand the difference.

    This may be an interesting novel, but I was not going to enjoy it as such by this performance. Many audio book performances are being over-produced and it is a disturbing trend.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    R.F. SUSANVILLE, CA, United States 08-30-13
    R.F. SUSANVILLE, CA, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disgusting story"
    Any additional comments?

    I found this story delved into the darkest and most perverted areas of the criminal mind and was quite disturbing. Therefore, it was not enjoyable or entertaining to me in the least. I deleted it after I realized it was getting increasingly sick. I will not be ordering any more by this author. However, the narrator did a good job, as usual. I especially like Rosenblat in the Mrs. Polifax series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannie 03-11-13
    Jeannie 03-11-13
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    "Too wordy, could have been less detailed."
    Would you try another book from Carol O'Connell and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    Not O'Connell's but Rosenblat did a good job reading.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Shorter, less detailed and complex. There was almost too much going on. Malory is a little strange and not realistic.


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

    Reicher


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, because Hollywood would fix it up to half way decent.


    Any additional comments?

    I could have done without the bad language.

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    Sherri Minnetonka, MN, United States 02-20-12
    Sherri Minnetonka, MN, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Depressing and Violent"

    Yikes, this book is unrelenting in it's violence. I usually like Barbara Rosenblat, but her monotone delivery of the young boy's dialogue at the beginning of each chapter was so depressing I had to start fast forwarding through them. I find nothing redeeming in the character of Mallory. I was just a real chore to get through this book and it left me feeling empty and sad. I don't think I'll try this author again.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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