The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Published January 9th, 2018 by Crown Publishing
Genres Thriller, Suspense
It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran – the Chalk Man. He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body. Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure. Is history going to repeat itself? Was it ever really over? Will this game only end in the same way?
The Chalk Man is told from Eddie’s perspective and flips back and forth between the present, 2016 and 1986. I definitely got some Stranger Things vibes from Eddie’s group of friends; Hoppo, Fat Gav, Metal Mickey and Nicky. I sometimes am not a big fan of books that flip back and forth like this, but I really enjoyed this one. The author seems to leave the end of each chapter with some sort of small cliffhanger, making you want to keep reading during that time period, except you also want to find out what is going on from the last cliffhanger in the opposite time period. The author’s writing style will definitely keep you engaged and eagerly reading this book.
This book also have many plot twists in it and many unanswered questions about many different events throughout the book. They were of course all explained by the end of the book but there were definitely things that I didn’t see coming, while a few I had figured out. Eddie is an interesting character and certainly goes through some harrowing experiences as a 12 year old. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to see what the author writes in the future.
Thank you to the publisher, Crown Publishing, for sending me a review copy of this book.