The Chalk Man

The Chalk Man

None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning.Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own?Was it the terrible accident?Or when they found the first body?...

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Title:The Chalk Man
Author:C.J. Tudor
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The Chalk Man Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I haven't felt this sure of a book's worthiness to be read since I picked up

    by

    back in January. I'll admit, I find myself enjoying a majority of the books that I read; I don't know if I'm just not as picky as other readers or if, after so many years of reading, I generally can tell what will tickle my fancy. That said, there are the books you enjoy, and then there are

    . You know the ones I mean; the unicorns, the diamonds in the rough, the ones you'll be shoving i

    I haven't felt this sure of a book's worthiness to be read since I picked up

    by

    back in January. I'll admit, I find myself enjoying a majority of the books that I read; I don't know if I'm just not as picky as other readers or if, after so many years of reading, I generally can tell what will tickle my fancy. That said, there are the books you enjoy, and then there are

    . You know the ones I mean; the unicorns, the diamonds in the rough, the ones you'll be shoving in peoples face screaming

    because it's just that good. Well, it's official-this one gets the highly prestigious

    stamp of approval from The Suspense Is Thrilling Me.

    After two close friends had read an arc of this (one of which sent me her prized copy to borrow because she's the bestest book bestie ever), I knew I had to pick it up immediately. I was nervous to get myself too hyped up over it, as I tend to become disappointed when that happens, but if there was ever a book worthy of being hyped this was it baby! I really don't want to say anything about the plot, other than it was constantly twisting and turning in ways I couldn't predict. This was a huge bonus, but I adore how this wasn't the focal point of the story; the entire plot wasn't dependent on cloak and dagger tricks yet was enhanced by the many reveals along the way. The story is told between past and present, but our narrator is one consistent voice recalling events from the past and telling the present plot, which gives a natural ease in following along. There are some graphic descriptions of violence in the act and in the aftermath, so those with a sensitive stomach may want to give this a hard pass, but otherwise I can't think of a single reason not to pick this book up if you're a fan of twisty psychological thrillers.

    I struggle in believing that

    is a debut novel for author

    ; the writing quality is so excellent you could have told me a seasoned, bestselling author had written this and I would have believed you without question. The complex nature of the story, the insertion of comic relief and dark humor, as well as equal parts action and characterization inserted really made for the trifecta of perfect books. If I could give this novel 100 stars I would do so in a heartbeat! Sometimes you can just tell early on which books will be buzz worthy in the coming seasons, and I truly believe that

    will be talked about non-stop by fans looking for their next psychological thriller in the crime fiction realm. Go ahead and pre-order this one, mark it on your TBR, do whatever you need to do to make sure you don't miss out on grabbing this book the SECOND it hits shelves. I'll be buying a finished copy for my personal collection as I can see this being a reread in the future for myself, although realistically I'll likely shove it at someone and make them read it instead.

    *Sorry, did I mention that I liked this book? Yes? Ok, just making sure. :)

  • Susanne Strong

    5 Stars.

    Now This is How You do It!!

    C.J. Tudor has written One of the Best Thrillers of the YEAR my friends.  If there is one mystery you decide to pick up - it should be this one!!

    Reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Body - known to most people as the movie Stand By Me - “The Chalk Man” is a story about 5 young friends: (four boys and a girl), who go through an experience at the cusp of adolescence, something fierce and terrifying. Something that haunts them for the rest of their lives.

    As kids in 1

    5 Stars.

    Now This is How You do It!!

    C.J. Tudor has written One of the Best Thrillers of the YEAR my friends.  If there is one mystery you decide to pick up - it should be this one!!

    Reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Body - known to most people as the movie Stand By Me - “The Chalk Man” is a story about 5 young friends: (four boys and a girl), who go through an experience at the cusp of adolescence, something fierce and terrifying. Something that haunts them for the rest of their lives.

    As kids in 1986, they live life freely: hanging out at the playground, riding bikes, sending coded messages to each other using different colored chalk. And then they discover something and it’s bad.  It changes everything.

    Fast forward to 2016 and everyone is quite grown up. Eddie known known as Ed, (one of the kids who made the discovery) is a teacher, living in the house he grew up in. The past haunts him, as it does the rest of the friends who stayed behind, including Gav and Hoppo. If only the past stayed in the past. Yet bad things: they keep happening. And somehow, Chalk Men keep appearing and Ed can’t figure out how or why. He knows it means something. He and the gang have to figure it out even if it’s the last thing they want. And even if it spells trouble.

    “The Chalk Men” reads like an old school mystery.. I felt like I was back in the 80’s, living life, hanging out with my friends after school.. everything felt really familiar - well, except for the bad stuff that kept happening to Eddie, Gav, Nikki, Hoppo and Mike. Yeah that stuff? It never happened to me. (LOL!!)

    This book wowed me big time. I couldn’t tear myself away. The characters, they felt like friends. Each one vivid, rich, alive... And what the kids discover? All I can say, I don’t know how they slept at night.. How it impacts them as adults and what happens to them then? Unfrakkinbelievable. C.J. Tudor knocked me for a loop. I didn’t see it coming. And I tried, believe you, me.

    So what else can I tell you? This is a suspense novel you absolutely MUST-READ. If you don’t, you are missing out on one of the best mysteries out there.

    This was a traveling sister read. It included Brenda, Norma, Lindsay, Diane, Melisa and Rita.

    Thank you to NetGalley, Crown Publishing and C.J. Tudor for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on NetGalley, Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook on 11.4.17.

    *Will be published on Amazon on 1.9.18.

  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    3.5 Stars

    After hearing so many great things about “The Chalk Man” I decided I had to read it. This book was very hyped up and I hoped I wasn’t expecting too much. I went into it with an open mind and hoped for the best.

    The book has a rather morbid opening, a gruesome discovery in the woods. I was immediately intrigued.

    Eddie and his friends always met up on Saturday but THIS Saturday was different …the FAIR was in

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    3.5 Stars

    After hearing so many great things about “The Chalk Man” I decided I had to read it. This book was very hyped up and I hoped I wasn’t expecting too much. I went into it with an open mind and hoped for the best.

    The book has a rather morbid opening, a gruesome discovery in the woods. I was immediately intrigued.

    Eddie and his friends always met up on Saturday but THIS Saturday was different …the FAIR was in town. The fair had always been special but this was even better because it was the first time they were allowed to go on their own. No parents or other adults with them --- in their words…

    But what starts as a wonderful day at the fair…ends in tragedy. It was the last normal day for all of them.

    showed Eddie just how fast life can change.

    But there was even more horror to come…

    Life goes on and everyone does their best to put that day behind them. But it’s always there in the back of Eddie’s mind. When one of Eddie’s friends receives a bucket of chalk for his birthday, the boys are far from impressed. However, they soon find a good use for the chalk. It’s a great way to leave private messages for each other. But then the chalk figures start appearing on their own…

    Eddie (Ed) is now forty-two years old. He’s tried hard to put the past behind him. Then a letter arrives from an unknown sender. When Ed sees what is inside the envelope he hopes it’s a joke or a prank. But it soon becomes clear that it is not a joke. It seems the past doesn’t want to be left behind. For Ed to truly move on it means he somehow has to figure out what really happened all those years before.

    So many secrets…

    I am not going to finish that sentence. You’ll have to read the book if you want to find out.

    I find it hard to believe that “The Chalk Man” is C.J. Tudor’s debut novel. She knows how to write a story that pulls the reader in. There was so much going on, alternating between 1986 and 2016, different story-lines almost. But everything comes together. Some parts were a bit gruesome for my taste but I found the rest of the story made up for it.

    I thought that this was a well-written read with a unique story-line, compelling situations, and some great twists. I really wanted to find out how everything was going to come together but I had to stop myself from jumping ahead as I found I almost missed a few things that the author strategically slipped in here and there. There were a few things I wished I had answers for but overall, I thought it all came together well. And that ending? I NEVER saw it coming.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Crumb

    Scenario One:

    Sometimes when you go on a first date, there is an instant connection and you know that this is it. I've found

    . Maybe he took you to a play, or just a really nice dinner. But in all honesty, location doesn’t matter. He may have pulled out your chair, opened your car door, and took off your coat. By the end of the evening, you were trying to think of ways to prolong the date, you didn't want to go home. You were also hop

    Scenario One:

    Sometimes when you go on a first date, there is an instant connection and you know that this is it. I've found

    . Maybe he took you to a play, or just a really nice dinner. But in all honesty, location doesn’t matter. He may have pulled out your chair, opened your car door, and took off your coat. By the end of the evening, you were trying to think of ways to prolong the date, you didn't want to go home. You were also hoping for a kiss. Finally, when he does kiss you, there were sparks, you had chills! I’m talking major fireworks, ladies.. you know what I mean. Then he left and for the next couple of days you were watching your phone, waiting for it to ring.. finally, it did.

    Scenario Two:

    This is your first date with someone your friend set you up with and you are really excited. You think to yourself, "maybe this will be my last first date I ever have to go on." You meet him.. he is OK, not bad looking. You go out to dinner and there is nice conversation. The date wasn’t terrible, but there was no passion, no instant chemistry. You think to yourself, "maybe he just isn't good at the art of a first date." Perhaps, the second date will be better. You decide to go on a second date and it is good, not great. Then he pulls you in for your first kiss (you didn’t really want to kiss him on the first date).. it is 'eh'. But do you really want 'eh?'.. No, you don't. You don't want to settle.

    If you are still reading my review, first thank you. Second, this will hopefully start to make more sense. I'm going to get to the actual book now! The description in scenario two is exactly how I felt about this book. I felt like I was waiting for something to happen. . . the.. whole..entire… book. And finally stuff happened, but it was a case of: too little, too late.

    Yes there was murder, mystery, gore, and even some intrigue! All good ingredients for a thriller, right? But I didn't find a uniqueness if you will, something that really set it apart from other thrillers that I've read, and loved. Maybe I'm asking for too much, but maybe I'm not. I don't want to settle.. and I don't think I should have to. I want to be wooed! I want to be swept off my feet.. and as an ardent lover of books,

    Unfortunately, this wasn’t one of them.

    Note: I read this as a buddy read with Jen. We setup a thread to discuss the book. If you would like to see our comments, please refer to

  • Emily May

    2 1/2 stars. This book was okay, but maybe it was grossly over-hyped because I really expected it to be more gripping than it actually was. It's one of the buzziest books of 2018, it's set in small town England (home!), and yet

    .

    I've just recently read Harper's

    and I'm currently starting

    and both of these books are just way more engrossing and thrilling than

    . It felt like one of those books where there's a premise and, aft

    2 1/2 stars. This book was okay, but maybe it was grossly over-hyped because I really expected it to be more gripping than it actually was. It's one of the buzziest books of 2018, it's set in small town England (home!), and yet

    .

    I've just recently read Harper's

    and I'm currently starting

    and both of these books are just way more engrossing and thrilling than

    . It felt like one of those books where there's a premise and, after that, I sit turning more and more pages, waiting and waiting for something to happen to pull me in, to care, to want to know what's going on... and then suddenly I was at the end of the book.

    For me, there was

    .

    alternates between 1986, when Eddie and his friends leave coded messages in chalk for one another until a gruesome crime twists the symbols for a sinister purpose, and the present, in which Eddie and his friends start to receive little chalk man drawings once again.

    There were a few creepy moments that were highlights, though most of them were dreams which took some of the thrill out. Eddie did nothing for me. His character was emotionally dry and it was strange how not a single one of his relationships seemed important - his friends, his mother, his lodger whom he had a crush on... experiencing things through Eddie's eyes made it difficult to care about anyone.

    The novel plods along, revealing things that made no impact on me. Even the "twist" is not really a twist for anyone who

    . The slowness gradually fades into an anticlimax and the book peters out. It's an interesting idea that Tudor had, but unfortunately that never translated into a compelling story for me.

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