The Chalk Man

The Chalk Man

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"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 each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be 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 his other friends got the same messages, 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."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2018]
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ♭2018
ISBN: 9781524760984
Characteristics: 280 pages


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Apr 09, 2018

First off, the focused reader ought to sense the complete effort the author has made to create a memorable, one-off book, not some cookie-cutter product coming down a publisher's conveyor belt. The Chalk Man: an offbeat novel of depressive anxiety in a generic English village. Amazingly, whether by design or otherwise, with apparently no sympathetic characters (except, perhaps, Halloran), C J Tudor nevertheless crafts an absorbing page-turner, with the lead protagonist (Eddie) narrating in the fashion of a coroner's inquest into assessing life's meaning. The recounting of events encompasses nothing indecipherable or metaphysical, but, in lieu of a linear chronology, a parallel 1986/2016 construct is utilized which proves very apropos for framing an understanding of experiences that manifest themselves in an evolutionary fashion. This comprehension is pivotal. As the author states: "For who are we if not the sum of our experiences, the things that we gather and collect in life?", and the memories they engender.

Mar 30, 2018

I really enjoyed the book until 3/4 of the way through, and then the story became tired and drawn out. The ending left much to be desired, and was unsatisfactory. Some questions remain for me, and although I enjoyed most of the book, would not necessarily recommend this book.

Mar 15, 2018

Lost interest in the story about 3/4 the way through. I disliked the time switching and grew to dislike the main character.

Mar 09, 2018

a fast read, this plot has unintended consequences, collateral damage, and some distinctly creepy and unpleasant characters.
does it live up to the hype?
'If you like my stuff, you'll like this' STEPHEN KING
'Wonderfully creepy - like a cold blade on the back of your neck' LEE CHILD
'A tense gripper with a leave-the-lights-on shock ending' Sunday Times
'There are shades of Stephen King when the reality bends into the sinister, and a deliciously creepy finale' Daily Mail

not sure, i'm somewhat of a 'fraidy cat but was able to make it through

Mar 08, 2018

Mystery / Thriller

Mar 07, 2018

Think of this book as a cross between "Stand By Me" , and "It". Suspenseful, with a fast moving storyline, this novel is definitely a page turner. The author successfully weaves a complex mystery, full of twists and turns that will not disappoint.

Feb 21, 2018

The book had an interesting premise but failed in its execution. The characters were thinly developed and the writing was mediocre. The plot was a page turner in the way that Dan Brown books are however it definitely did not live up to its hype.

Jan 31, 2018

Quite a thriller. A bit too creepy for my taste & I still have an unanswered question or two. I guessed the ending, but I was wrong.

Jan 29, 2018

If you are Stephen King fan, the book is very influenced by his previous works but not without it being too cliche. Tudor is a SK fan too.

I really enjoyed this book. It is a very fast read. But some parts were disgusting and unbearable though.

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