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 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.
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.
Not O'Connell's but Rosenblat did a good job reading.
Shorter, less detailed and complex. There was almost too much going on. Malory is a little strange and not realistic.
Yes, because Hollywood would fix it up to half way decent.
I could have done without the bad language.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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