The Chalk Man is coming….
Source: Review Copy
We all have fears we hide from. But in the end they will find us . . .
The Chalk Man is coming . . .
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?
Now, The Chalk Man is a book that everyone is going to be talking about in the coming months. It is going to be one of the biggest book launches of 2018. This was an ingenious debut novel about a childhood game that goes horribly wrong. Even as I read the title of the book and when I saw the cover, which is so eye catching, I could hear creepy music playing in my head, I knew that this was a book I was desperate to read and CJ Tudor’s writing definitely lived up to my expectations.
The book is told over two different time periods, in the 1980s and in the present day. In the 1980s Ed is twelve-years-old and hangs out with his group of mates: Hoppo, Mickey, Fat Gav and Nicky. But not everything is plain sailing for them and on the day of the terrible accident at the fair, when a young girl known to Ed as Waltzer girl has a horrific accident on a Waltzer cart and is rushed to hospital, things really do begin to take a dark turn for the group and they are never quite the same again. One summer, they use chalk men as secrets codes, as a way of messaging each other, but one day the chalk men leads them to a dead body and a horrific crime scene. In 2016, Ed is in his forties and lives alone with his lodger, a girl in her twenties called Chloe. It is in the present day that the truth about what really happened when they were kids begins to unravel. I don’t want to say too much more about the plot because I don’t want to spoil it for readers but it has to be a contender for one of my top reads of this year. C. J. Tudor delivers a stomach flipping twist at the end of this book which I did not see coming.
I really liked the characters in this book and C.J. Tudor made them all feel real. For me, a book has to have great and compelling characters to pull you into the story and this book certainly does. Once I finished the book I really wanted to know what happened to them after the final chapter and I’m still thinking about them all months after I read it.
The author also explores some interesting themes in this book, some of them are quite dark and there are some scenes in the book which are a little gory. C. J. Tudor writes these scenes really well and she really makes you feel for her characters as they find themselves in new predicaments.
Once you read the prologue in this book, you won’t be able to stop reading, I can envisage many people picking this book up in a bookshop and heading straight to the counter with it.
The Chalk Man is released today and you can purchase a copy by clicking on the link below, you won’t be disappointed.
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication date: 11th January 2018
Print length: 352 pages