Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Monday, January 30, 2012
The Chalk Girl, by Carol O'Connell
Reading an O'Connell book is an exquisite form of torture. So much of the book hurt my heart to read: the diary entries of the lost boy Ernest Nadler, Coco's efforts to win the love of Mallory, and Butler's failure to even hope that Mallory has any love in her and the acts of betrayal that grow out of his lack of faith. But the twisty plot, the black humor, and Mallory's ruthless pursuit of truth and justice are as compelling as ever. Is Mallory changing? Will Charles's love without liking or knowledge of Mallory destroy them both? Learning a bit about Williams Syndrome was a fascinating bit of icing.