A Novel by C. J. Tudor
Anytime I get a story set in a sleepy, English town, I'm thrilled! As soon as I read the summary to The Chalk Man, by C. J. Tudor, I knew it was a book that belonged on my shelf. Not because it's in the U.K., (well...) but because it flashes back to the 80's - my reigning years! But there's something much more sinister than Depeche Mode and big hair going on here. Someone's killing people and leaving a special signature for a particular group of kids to find...
The Chalk Man is a wicked book. I admit, I figured out who the murderer was, but only due to circumstances I'm sure I'd have missed had it been a movie. The reasoning behind it all was clear. You saw who the culprits were and their motives were raw, passionate and true. The thing is, the story went deeper than there being a killer and discovering who it was. It was a rich story, filled with events that made you wonder, "Why in the world..."
As with any story set in the 1980's, there are youthful, tweens riding about on their bikes- getting in to trouble. There's a girl too, to level things out. But the town is in an uproar that stems from Eddie's house (the one telling the story). His mother works at a clinic where abortions are performed. This places characters in confrontations that never seem to end, as well as settle the groundwork for the story. But oh there's so much more.
Each character is fleshed out, giving you a relatable feel. What helped is that the story goes back and forth from the past to present day, where Eddie is still the same person . Naturally, he's matured, but because he's telling the story, you feel you know him. You grow attached and feel for him and all he's been through and what he's attempting to accomplish. Then WHAM! You are thrown into a hailstorm of events, leaving you with an ending where you're like: "Ewww, yuck! I didn't see that coming!"
But you should have...
The Chalk Man was an awesome read and I hope you grab yourself a copy. You won't regret this mystery/thriller! I'm off to the next read. Cheers!
The Chalk Man
C. J. Tudor
Crown Publishing Group
January 9, 2018
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