The Chalk Man
Author: C.J. Tudor
Published by: Crown Publishing Group
Publishing Date: January 9, 2018
Pages: 280 [ARC]
First things first, I want to give a big THANK YOU to Crown Publishing Group & Penguin Random House for sending me this outstanding novel, before it’s publishing date, in exchange for an honest review!
The Chalk Man was the most anticipated Advance Reader’s Copy that I’ve ever received, arriving appropriately just before Halloween.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Readers, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this incredible novel when it’s published in the beginning of 2018.
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. -Goodreads
What I Liked:
- The Chalk Man is a psychological thriller with a male protagonist. For the first time in a while, this soon to be best-seller does NOT contain a female protagonist accused of going crazy, or who suffers from a mental illness, past traumatization or controlling husband. The Chalk Man is not only thrilling, imaginative and gripping, it’s original.
- The abundance of plot twists and turns, there should never be just one
- The time jumps: It’s not uncommon for books to shift from the present to the past throughout. I particularly liked the simplicity in the shifts in The Chalk Man. The chapters are simply labeled ‘1986‘ or ‘2016‘ and switch from when Eddie and his friends are pre-teen to adults.
“Often, what comes with age is not wisdom but intolerance.”
- The nostalgic feeling you get reading about the boys biking around town, adventuring into the woods, meeting at the playground and filling their days with childhood nonsense.
- Guts & gore galore! This thriller is a horror story and I was actually scared while reading.
“Never assume. Question everything. Always look beyond the obvious. We assume things because it’s easier, lazier. It stops us thinking too hard – usually about stuff that makes us feel uncomfortable.”
My Next Read: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green