The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor

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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?

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.

My Review

There has been soooo much hype over this book pre-release that waiting for release day has taken me back to feeling like a kid waiting for Christmas day to finally arrive, even down to counting the sleeps 🙂 I can’t think of another book that has generated as much anticipation and being THAT book everyone is talking about since Fifty Shades of Grey exploded into everyone’s lives!

So midnight on the 11th January finally arrived and I had my copy of The Chalk Man on my kindle by 12.05am. Time to find out if all the hype is justified or if it’s all over nothing and you discover father Christmas isn’t real 😦

Unfortunately my M.E has decided to have a flare up and it keeps rising up and stealing my consciousness or sweeping me away to a place only pain exists the past week and as hard as i have tried to fight it to carry on reading, its been a battle hard-won! (Almost positive I wasn’t on the winning side!)

Anyway, I’ve made it and finished the book and i am so pleased to discover that Father Christmas is real – The Chalk Man deserves all of the hype and more and for a debut novel its crazy good!

It quite literally gets off to a flying start! *groaning noises* Haha – if you have already read the book you will know what I mean! Wasn’t expecting that and I could see it happening, almost like i was watching it happen and in fact i wasn’t expecting a lot of the twists and turns throughout the entire book. Just when you think you know what really happened and the Who done it, you get thrown another curve ball.

The story is told all through the eyes of Eddie and the chapters switch between 1986 as a young 12-year-old lad and 2016 as a grown up, well as grown up as any of us ever get – I know there is still a kid inside of me that will never grow up! And although it is through a single narrative it just works and works well.

Some of the nostalgia from the 80’s will make thous of you old enough to remember will make you smile, some with fond memories, some not so much (jelly shoes being one!) and the chalk men they used as code as kids is like todays version of texting your mates.

Really clever idea and the closest book i can think of like this would be Stephen King’s Stand by Me, and like that book I can see this one making an appearance on the big screen in the not to distant future. I sincerely hope it does and i would be front of the queue to watch it.

Even though I own it in kindle format I will be buying the hardback edition because as well as being a great book that you could read all over again, the book itself is pretty damn pretty! I have left some pretty big hints to the children, im just not sure if they have chosen to ignore them or not – time will tell 🙂

Would I recommend this book – without a shadow of a doubt! 5 big fat sparkly stars!

The Chalk Man is out now and can be purchased from

Amazon UK or Amazon.com

Read the book that everyone is taking about!

 

 

 

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