#BookReview: The Chalk Man by C.J.Tudor @cjtudor @CrownPublishing

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My Review…

5 STARS

Chalk men lurking…

I’m sure we all have drawn a chalk man or a chalk girl, but never with the consequences that this young group of kids endure!

A very clever thriller full of seething secrets. I read the description for this book and I wasn’t sure that this would be something I would enjoy, but I was mesmerized by the slow unraveling of this tale!

Told from childhood (1986) to present day (2016) by one of the boys, Eddie. The author’s writing transported me back and forth to each time period. The group of friends use chalk drawings to secretly communicate to each other. Terrible secrets are revealed, frightening scenes are described, and someone will die! We are told to “beware of the chalk man”. Will the truth be uncovered?

Nothing could distract me while reading this book! I think almost EVERYONE would enjoy this suspenseful, unique, and unpredictable thriller.

 

Book Description…

 

The must-read thriller of 2018, this riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut 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 little 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.
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