chalk man review

The Chalk Man: Murders, Chalk and More!

I don’t read thrillers too often, because very often they bore me. This one got some very high praise from another blogger, so when I had the opportunity to receive it, I decided to take it!

The Chalk Man: Murders, Chalk and More!The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Published by Crown Publishing Group (NY) on January 9th 2018
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: Crown Publishing
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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.

I received this book for free from Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What I Liked about The Chalk Man:

1. The main group of friends in this novel, three guys and one girl, gave off The Goonies vibe a bit. It was a lot of fun.

2. The chapters alternate between 1986 and 2016. This allows for a lot of fun cliff hangers and definitely ups the intensity of the novel as you’re working through the mystery of each year trying to figure out how the two ultimately tie together.

3. The use of the chalk drawings not only was creepy, but well-done. It was continued throughout the novel and felt quite authentic, especially as it tied into our main group of friends.

4. The ending, of course! I couldn’t guess the twist, which is always a plus. (Caveat: I’m the WORST at guessing plot twists…)

Why it wasn’t 5 stars:

1. I’m just not a thriller/suspense person. I have no complaints about this story, but it just didn’t grab me like other novels do. That’s usually how thrillers are for me, though, so it’s why I don’t read them very often.

The Chalk Man will be released January 9, 2018! Click the links above to pre-order yourself a copy!

What’s a thriller you read recently that you loved?

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  1. I’m not really big on thrillers either, but I did read one this year and it blew me away (Little Monsters by Kara Tomas). I want to find some more thrillers to try, so maybe I’ll give this one a go.

    1. I’ve heard of Little Monsters! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I read Fierce Kingdom this year, which was also a thriller, and that one was amazing for me, too! Hooray to books proving to be the exception to our prejudices XD

  2. This was my first ever experience with C.J. Tudor, and it was an exceptional one. I am always looking to discover new and exciting authors who provide a novel that captures your attention by keeping you in suspense. This novel definitely hit all the right notes for me, and kept me in suspense all the way to the final pages. I found myself sneaking time away to read this book because I wanted to solve the mystery of the chalk man, and the ending of this book did not disappoint.

    The novel centers around a group of friends in their early adolescent years. The book jumps back and forth in each chapter from the past to the present, but both narratives are written so well that you don’t find yourself losing your place during the time jumps. The main character is trying to figure out exactly what took place years ago, as the infamous chalk man has reappeared and is leaving clues to what really happened in a murder case from his childhood.
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