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.
Ok, to be honest I didn’t have high hopes for this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I did not guess the actual antagonist until about three pages from when the author told you. I normally can pick out the antagonist & protagonist fairly quickly.
Just when you think you have everything figured out with whom the characters are and how they behave C.J. Tudor will throw you a twist in the story. From the very beginning of the story where the “head” disappears you start to think, “ok, that is the main story line”. Then you realize that nope, that is just part of the story line. Every part of the different story lines all join into one at the end of the books. For a first time author this is a very wonderful thing to complete. I can not wait to see what else C. J. Tudor publishes for all the readers in us.
I recommend this book if you like to be engaged in a book. I read this book in two night and had a very hard time putting it down the first night so I could go to sleep.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.