The Chalk Man

The Chalk Man

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"Narrated by 'Eddie' who receives a chalk drawing of a stick figure that hurtles him back to an innocent childhood game 30 years before which went terribly, terribly wrong. As history begins to repeat itself, it seems the game was never really over"-- Provided by The Bookseller.
1986: Eddie and his friends 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. When a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, nothing is ever the same. 2016: Eddie thinks he's put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. His friends got the same message, and they think it's a prank ... until one of them turns up dead. What really happened all those years ago?
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2018]
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9781524760984
1524760986
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY TUDOR 2017
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 25 cm

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Murder, mayhem, and chalk figures in a sleepy English village. (Kirkus Reviews)


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dsw3914
Jul 31, 2018

A decent book I guess. Certainly not the next great British mystery. I reread the last 3 pages to make sure I had read it correctly the first time and really to try to figure out why it was important to include that part. I would read her next one I think.

LoganLib_Zoe Jul 24, 2018

** spoiler alert ** I really couldn’t get into this book. It just reminded me of so many others just mashed into one. It didn’t really get interesting until the last 100 pages. And the ending was terrible. All that just for that? Too many coincidences. And who in their right mind would keep a head as a souvenir???

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KlayDyer
Jun 16, 2018

Great premise, interesting collection of well-designed characters, and strong writing throughout -- there is no doubt that first-time novelist Tudor has the chops to build a great novel. But plot and story, story and plot. They just don't hold up in this first book, and in the end cripple what started out as a compelling read. By the midpoint I was down to two possible solutions, neither of which was particularly intriguing (I was also correct, which is disappointing in and of itself). By the end, when the previously announced twist announced itself, the reading experience was more about commitment to reaching the end than anything close to intrigue or even curiosity.

JenniferG_OshLib Jun 11, 2018

I give this book a solid 3.5 stars. There’s a subtle creepiness to it that runs all the way through the book. Sometimes you feel like you know the answers, and then sometimes you don’t. That’s what makes it a good mystery. I suppose some readers will figure it out, but I didn’t. Ed is an interesting character—I sympathize with him, but another part couldn’t figure out why he just wouldn’t move on. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys slow-building mysteries with a good twist.

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ownedbydoxies
May 27, 2018

Not nearly as intriguing or skilled as I was anticipating. Let's face it; when someone like me can figure out the ending way before the ending, then it's not as intriguing, etc. :) But it was an okay read. Won't go searching for more by this author, though.

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speyeguy
May 19, 2018

A good read I thought, hard to put down from start to finish. Puts me in mind of Stand by Me, the movie. A very teenage boys adventure come to life.

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firefly5
Apr 24, 2018

Good read, interesting plot, the characters are well written, growing up from age 12 to 42. I thought this story had a message that implied that no-one is perfect! The main character had flaws that I did not like, but he was still very interesting. Everyone in the story had some imperfections! Some of the flaws were more serious than others. Some bloody and gruesome scenes.

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capitalcity
Apr 09, 2018

First off, the focused reader ought to sense the complete effort the author has made to create a memorable, one-off book, not some cookie-cutter product coming down a publisher's conveyor belt. The Chalk Man: an offbeat novel of depressive anxiety in a generic English village. Amazingly, whether by design or otherwise, with apparently no sympathetic characters (except, perhaps, Halloran), C J Tudor nevertheless crafts an absorbing page-turner, with the lead protagonist (Eddie) narrating in the fashion of a coroner's inquest into assessing life's meaning. The recounting of events encompasses nothing indecipherable or metaphysical, but, in lieu of a linear chronology, a parallel 1986/2016 construct is utilized which proves very apropos for framing an understanding of experiences that manifest themselves in an evolutionary fashion. This comprehension is pivotal. As the author states: "For who are we if not the sum of our experiences, the things that we gather and collect in life?", and the memories they engender.

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Newmommy09
Mar 30, 2018

I really enjoyed the book until 3/4 of the way through, and then the story became tired and drawn out. The ending left much to be desired, and was unsatisfactory. Some questions remain for me, and although I enjoyed most of the book, would not necessarily recommend this book.

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midori_hon
Mar 09, 2018

a fast read, this plot has unintended consequences, collateral damage, and some distinctly creepy and unpleasant characters.
does it live up to the hype?
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE BOOK THIS YEAR MAKE IT THIS ONE. THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'If you like my stuff, you'll like this' STEPHEN KING
'Wonderfully creepy - like a cold blade on the back of your neck' LEE CHILD
'A tense gripper with a leave-the-lights-on shock ending' Sunday Times
'There are shades of Stephen King when the reality bends into the sinister, and a deliciously creepy finale' Daily Mail

not sure, i'm somewhat of a 'fraidy cat but was able to make it through

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