I love when you pick up a Book and you know that within the first 25 pages, it’s going to be a good one. That’s what happened when I started reading “The Chalk Man” by C.J. Tudor. Before I get into my book review, let’s take a look at the books that I’ve read so far this year:
- You Need a Budget
- Two Girls Down
- The Circle
- The Couple Next Door
I have a goal of reading 15 books, and I’m chugging right along! Now that it’s nice out, I can’t wait to spend some hours outside reading in the sun… FINALLY!
So, “The Chalk Man.” This was one of the books that we got through my Book of the Month Club membership in December of last year. Before I get into my review, the standard synopsis:
In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little 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.
I love books that are set in two different time periods (this is set while the characters are adults, and back when they were kids, when the Chalk Man first appeared)… it makes me want to get back to the other time period because somehow, the author always knows how to make it end in a cliffhanger.
C.J. Tudor has a great writing style, and I loved that he was able to integrate some solid life philosophy and inspiration in this book. I think that is one of the best things an author can do, especially in a novel… give you something that keeps you thinking well after you are done with the book.
In terms of the story itself, I thought that it was pretty solid. It reminded me a bit of Stephen King (not as creepy) and I loved the characters (like I said in my last review, I have a hard time reading a book if I’m not in love with the characters… weird, right?). If you are looking for a book to read (especially one that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go), I’d definitely recommend “The Chalk Man” by C.J. Tudor.
What are you reading right now? What is the last book that you read that you would absolutely recommend?