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)
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.
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.
Yes. This is her best performance yet.
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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Mesmerizing, Intriguing and Provoking
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.
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.
When I realized that the readings were the voice of the child that had been killed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No matter where you go, there you are.
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.
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