Hi all, and welcome to another book review post! I saw this one come up on iBooks so long ago, and I really liked the sound of it, so I thought I would give it a shot! I actually read this one really quickly. This weeks book is….
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
“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 realises that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.”
This book was a little bit of a roller coaster I found. It switches from being set in 1986 to 2016, it was quite easy to follow. It has some pretty crazy things happen in it, and some deep things. Included in it are alzheimers/dementia, bullying, sexual abuse, rape, pregnancy, murder & gore. If you are triggered by any of these things, please don’t read! So much happened in this book in so little pages, it was about 370 when reading off an iPad.
This book keeps you guessing from the start of who the murderer is. But situations in the book seem to happen quite quickly, it went straight to the point rather than dragged on, which I quite liked. It was also quite refreshing to have the main character as male, as the books that I come to read are usually female.
I think those of you that enjoy mysteries would like this one.
The genre of this one is mystery, thriller, fiction, crime, horror and suspense.
About the Author
C.J. Tudor was born in the UK, and still lives there to this day with her partner and her daughter. She left school at 16 and never went to university – in this time she had a variety of jobs including trainee reporter, radio scripter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.
In the early 90’s she had a job as a TV presenter. Apparently she was terrible at this, but got to interview many famous people.
While writing this book, she ran a dog walking business and also looked after her little girl.
She had been writing since she was a child, but started doing it seriously in her 30’s. You can read more about her here.
I rate this one a 7/10! Not my favourite but thoroughly enjoyable.
Thanks for reading!
The next book I’m reading is over 600 pages long, so it might take me a while to get that review out!