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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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    shopper from Playa del Rey LA, CA 01-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "More, More, More!"

    I started the Mallory series before I started losing my vision and since I have greedily looked over and over for more of Ms. O'Connell's books on audible. I haven't even finished this one yet and find myself going outside during my lunch hour to listen. This book, as in most of her books, lightly touch that "horror" nerve, but just enough to grab your attention and hold on! I can't decide which I like the most, the Pendergast series by the Preston/Child duo or the Mallory series. High praise indeed! The development of the mystery is classic O'Connell, and the addition of the child really off-sets Mallory's pecular personality. I highly recommend this book and anxiously await more books by O'Connell on audible!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 02-14-12
    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2010

    I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.

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    "A must read!!"

    The Chalk Girl has little bit of everything, suspense, thriller, and paranormal. The book kept you guessing until the end. I liked the way Mallory connected with the child in this series. Also the narrator brought this book to life.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    C Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada 02-06-12
    C Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada 02-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "This story keeps you guessing until the end."
    What did you love best about The Chalk Girl?

    This Chalk Girl tells the story by weaving in and out of the past and present in a smooth compelling way. So many of the characters have so much to tell you about the events of the story, and the author allows them to do so in a beautiful way. I did not want the story to end it was fascinating


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

    The plot included compelling characters with interesting stories that all came together to form a story that made me want to learn more and more.


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

    Barbara Rosenblat's voices that she gives the characters makes you feel as though you are there listening to them confide their inner thoughts. It is powerful, she is very good.


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

    I can not think of a tag line.


    Any additional comments?

    I would look for more books from this author and reader.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 02-26-12
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 02-26-12 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "Compelling story and superb narration"

    Carol O'Connell has crafted yet another wonderful story with Mallory, Charles, Riker, et al, and has spiced the mix with the addition of a small lost child found in Central Park. Despite herself, Mallory becomes involved with the little girl, although she certainly never would admit it. But some feelings are there. Barbara Rosenblat's narration is superb! She gives each character exactly the voice I had heard in my head while reading the earlier books, with great expression of emotions and of New York attitude. Wish I hadn't already read all the earlier Mallory books, so I could listen to Barbara Rosenblat read them.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    KyBirdLover Winchester, Ky USA 02-02-12
    KyBirdLover Winchester, Ky USA 02-02-12 Member Since 2006

    rdd

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    "I love Mallory. See there is a heart in there. . ."
    Where does The Chalk Girl rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    High. Carol O'Connell is one of my favorite authors and Barbara Rosenblat one of my favorite readers.


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

    I am always anxious to see how Mallory is going to show her sensitivity. It is there but you only get glimpses of it (the lightning bugs).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mallory's final confrontation with Grace. YES!


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

    The lightning bugs. No need to say more.


    Any additional comments?

    I so loved Cocoa. Bring her back.
    I want more. I anxiously await every single Mallory novel and it has been a long time since Route 52. . . . .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Anderson, SC, United States 06-01-12
    Dana Anderson, SC, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2006
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    "misandrist sociopath or schizoid PDO?"

    Kathy Mallory is back in 10th book. This is the only one I've heard but my wife has read all. If you're wondering if this is for you, a couple comments: Mallory is a rare female counterpart to the schizoid personality disorder type or gunslinger. She has some admirable strengths -- tough, smart, relentless in pursuit of solving murders -- qualities found in many male characters but blended into a well-dressed tomboy homicide detective.

    As a male listener, I'm put off somewhat by 2 things: 1. Barbara Rosenblat has an unpleasant smoker's type voice, can't really do a male or child's voice. (She also reads for Nevada Barr, a distinctly misandristic author). 2. In an early scene, Mallory cruelly destroys the property of a teen- or tween-age boy for no good reason. When I was 12, I worked about 140 hours on a farm to earn the money for a similar toy (a cassette-radio in the early 70's) and deeply treasured this possession. I would have been devastated if someone had done this to me and just can't cheer for a character who is so outright mean.

    As the story progresses, Mallory enjoys hurting or intimidating many others, but males certainly take the brunt of this. I'm guessing that the presence of a vulnerable little girl in the narrative is supposed to balance all this out. Thematic tension begins to mount: though the girl adores Mallory, is this really reciprocated? Or does Mallory coldly play the girl like she does everyone else?

    If you don't need a warm and fuzzy protagonist and perhaps enjoy the turnabout in gender roles delivered by a gruff older female voice, this isn't a bad listen. (If you're already a fan, my view as a newbie is impertinent anyway. You already knew you were going to listen.)

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 02-10-12
    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2011

    I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..

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    "Started off slow but..."

    The book ending up being one that I couldnt stop listening too!!!! Of course Rosenblat was amazing (as usual). I never read anything from from the author so I really didnt know what to expect. The story line got kind of confusing..I found myself a bit lost in some points during the story and had to rewind a little. But the overall story was good. I wonder if some of the twist and turns presented in the story was taken out would it read "smoothier"...hmmm..anyway overall it really was good and I recommend it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 06-26-12
    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 06-26-12 Member Since 2007

    I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.

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    "Great Character..."Huh?" plotting"

    Meet Mallory...one of the most compelling detective characters of all time. Wonderfully cold, she is an enigma. A fascinating character.

    Read a plot...that will make you constantly go "What???" or "Where did that come from?"
    or "Did I accidentally advance way past where I was just listening?"

    Very strange plot...and it is fascinating to watch an interesting character move through really odd stuff...odd places...odd people.

    I didn't get bored...but I DID think more than once about just moving onto another story. In the end, I didn't.

    Surreal, really.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Tinley Park, IL, United States 06-17-14
    Patricia Tinley Park, 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

    0 of 0 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 0 people found this review helpful
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