The Chalk Man C J Tudor

41DP8nKLB7L._AC_US218_Pub: Penguin

Looking back, it all started on the day of the fair and the terrible accident. When twelve-year-old Eddie first met the Chalk Man.

It was the Chalk Man who gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages between his group of friends.

And it was fun, to start with, until the figures led them to the body of a young girl.

That was thirty years ago and Ed thought the past was behind him. Then he receives a letter containing just two things: a piece of chalk, and a drawing of a stick figure. As history begins to repeat itself, Ed realises the game was never over . . .

Everyone has secrets.

Everyone is guilty of something.

And children are not always so innocent.

 

This book for me started as 5*…

Eddie and his friends are just like every other normal twelve year olds, but one Summer changed their lives. Eddie, Hoppo, Fat Gav, Metal Mickey and NIcky are fabulous characters and typical kids of the era.

The boys adopted a secret code, they draw chalk men, each boy having their own color chalk, so the others know who sent the ‘message’.  But soon ‘the chalk men’ take up a life of their own, and lead the boys to a dead girl.

Later, the grown up Eddie, now a teacher and very nerdy, receives a letter… a picture of chalk man. This sets in motion the secrets and ghosts of the past, not only concerning Eddie but everyone he knew, parents, teachers, neighbours.

Set in the 1986 and 2016 the start of this book is absolutely fabulous. It is tense and gripping and for me I could see why it is billed as THE thriller of 2018.

The Chalk Man, a debut by C J Tudor is brilliantly plotted. Her descriptions of the 1980s brought back my childhood and this tale is written to creep and scare the reader.  The ending is one I never expected and I was left thinking ‘OMG’, but…….

What started as a 5* slid to a 3*, right before that terrific end. Without giving away spoilers, the reveal and the ‘fight in the woods’ was a terrible and unrealistic finale. I just didn’t ‘buy’ it.  So for me this book dipped at this point only to rise again with the final chapter.

I have to say this is a great read and most will probably think what I am talking about. The Chalk Man is an amazing thriller and don’t get me wrong I loved it, it was for me like one those movies that leave you thinking ‘oh was that it’ and I was a tad disappointed.

The cover is very impressive, every time I picked it up I found myself trying to dust the chalk off, it is very convincing and with that title just a dream of a design.

Recommended read.

4*/5

 

 

 

 

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