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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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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri Minnetonka, MN, United States 02-20-12
    Sherri Minnetonka, MN, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2015
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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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    S. Sarabasha West Danby, NY USA 01-28-12
    S. Sarabasha West Danby, NY USA 01-28-12 Member Since 2010

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, because the violence is so mind bending. If such violence is needed to continue a series perhaps the series should end. Convoluted story line, repeating narration of horror perpetrated by children and adults. The narrator is excellent throughout. Find more books read by her.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Mixed. This book had too many story lines, too much twist. Ending was not so surprising to me if one listened carefully during the book.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms Rosenblat's voice is so capable of variance and expression. I always knew who was talking and what they meant. No need for she said, he said as other narrators say endlessly..


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd rec'd the earlier books. But just like with the Bones series, the violence is so out of control to keep things 'new' that it is ridiculous and not something I want to hear.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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