62a284_84e58a622fd844c697ff176ad240fa9fmv2_d_1803_2775_s_2The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor

Goodreads rating: 3.89

Pages: 352

Genre: Adult, Thriller, CrimeMystery

Date published: January 9th, 2018 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★★

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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 each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be 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 his other friends got the same messages, 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.

My review

Well, here is another favorite! From the moment I picked it up, I couldn’t get this story out of my head – I needed to solve this mystery… 🕵🏻‍♀️

The Chalk Man is a very gripping thriller that features a whole lot of fucked up characters. Each one has their own secrets, their own mistakes, and even if you don’t see it right away, absolutely everything is connected. It’s amazing, I don’t know how authors do it 😅

Never have regrets. You make a decision, and you make it for the right reason at the time. Even if it proves to be the wrong decision later, you live with it.

The plot is not a leading part of this book, I consider this to be a character-driven book. There are five central characters in this book – one of them, Eddie, is our main character and narrator. Eddie and his friends Hoppo, Gav, Mickey and Nicky are around the age of twelve in 1986, which means half (maybe more) of this book is about a group of kids and set in the 80’s. This makes it have a similar feeling to It by Stephen King, or the Netflix show Stranger Things. If you’ve seen either the movie or the show, you will most likely be reminded of them as you read The Chalk Man.

Never assume. Question everything. Always look beyond the obvious.

The quote above sums up the way this story should be approached. No one is who you think they are – which is something I love in books – and everyone has deep, dark secrets. It’s a great cast of characters, all extremely fucked up.

The whole book has a cold and creepy atmosphere to it that reminded me of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. I remember having the same chilling sensation when I read that one, which I am rather fond of. I like it when thrillers transport you to an alternative reality in which you just get lost in the story and what’s happening, and you constantly have shivers because everything is so eerie.

Never have regrets. You make a decision, and you make it for the right reason at the time. Even if it proves to be the wrong decision later, you live with it.

There is a great deal of murder, religion/religious discussions, and also abortions, as one of the characters is a doctor who performs them. The fact that it is set in the 80’s means some of the prominent themes of this book are extremely controversial, as was the reality in said time period. There is also an emphasis on the dichotomy between Christian belief and abortions, as you would expect. There are also serious bullying and rape situations that occur in the story, so you should be aware of that before going into it.

Right at the end of the book, there is a huge and shocking revelation that completely blew me away, and made this story SO much better. Amazing, twisted ending!

Secrets are like arseholes. We all have them. It’s just that some are dirtier than others.

Amongst all the creepy happenings and descriptions, I actually found myself laughing a lot through this book. The characters are hilarious, they kind of have the same sense of humor as me, so that made me enjoy it even more. This book has it all!!

★★★★★ 5/5 stars


Have you read The Chalk Man? What did you think about the horrid ending? Let me know in the comments! ♡

I strongly recommend that you pick up this book, it’s an amazing thriller that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. They’re not kidding when they say this is the thriller of the year 😄

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on The Chalk Man and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!


Thank you so much for reading,
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