Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor: Review

I was sent this book from Blogging for Books.  My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review. 

"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.


My Rating: 4 Stars
Format: Hardback
Source: Blogging Program

I stepped out of my comfort zone with this one, as I normally read contemporary romance.  I really wanted to start reading different genres, and I had heard great things about Chalk Man.

This started off with a dead body with a missing head!  I was not sure if I was going to devour this or hate it.  I ended up reading it one sitting and loving it.  It had so much going on that I never found myself drifting or getting bored.

This was character driven as you get to see the story from childhood to what happened.  I thought that was an unique twist.

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