The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor

The Chalk Man

C. J. Tudor

The Chalk Man is the very best kind of suspense novel, one where every character is wonderfully fleshed out and compelling, where every mystery has a satisfying payoff, and where the twists will shock even the savviest reader.

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Now in paperback, a riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game gone dangerously awry, and will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking ending

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.
     In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he's put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.
     That's when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.
Expertly alternating between flashbacks and the present day, The Chalk Man is the very best kind of suspense novel, one where every character is wonderfully fleshed out and compelling, where every mystery has a satisfying payoff, and where the twists will shock even the savviest reader.


Advance Galley Reviews

I received an ARC of this novel from the FirstToRead Program via Random House LLC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 1986- Eddie and his friends exchange secret messages, drawings left in chalk, which only the others can decipher. Someone begins leaving messages including the one that leads them to the dismembered body of a young girl. But these messages are all left in white chalk...a color none of them use. 2016- Eddie and his friends are now grown and believe the events from the past have finally been laid to rest until they begin to receive the messages once again. Eddie must piece together the events from their past to try and find the killer before it’s too late. This novel is dark and fantastic! It explores coming of age, traumatic childhood events, friendship, secrets, and the power of our actions. I was so excited to get a chance to read and review this novel and it did not disappoint me. I was hooked from the first chapter and could not put this one down. There were so many twists and turn as the stories are retold, events begin to intertwine, and truths are revealed. I highly recommend this novel; an absolute must read for 2018!

 


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