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“The Chalk Man” by C. J. Tudor

I just recently finished reading this book and I wanted to share it with you. I picked this book up at my local bookstore a few weeks back (in paperback form) because I found the synopsis intriguing. It’s a great book to read if you like a book that is full of suspense and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Also, I would never have guessed the ending either and I like that. I don’t want to read something that I can guess what is going to happen before I am finished with the book. This book is pretty creepy throughout and probably not for the faint of heart or little kids.

Synopsis: In 1986, Eddie and his friends are on the verge of adolescence, spending their days biking in search of adventure.  The chalk men are their secret code, stick figures they draw for one another as hidden messages.  But one morning the friends find a chalk man leading them to the woods.  They follow the message, only to find the dead body of a teenage girl.

In 2016, Eddie is nursing a drinking problem and trying to forget his past, until one day he gets a letter containing a chalk man – the same one he and his friends saw when they found the body.  Soon he learns that all his old friends received the same note.  When one of them is killed, Eddie realizes that saving himself means figuring out what happened all those years ago.  But digging into the past proves to be more dangerous than he could have known.  Because in this town, everyone has secrets, no one is innocent, and some will do anything to bury the truth.

6 thoughts on ““The Chalk Man” by C. J. Tudor

  1. Oooh. This seems to be a very interesting book. I haven’t heard of it before but I’d like to keep a look for it.
    It kind of reminds me of IT and certain 80’s horror films with the whole group of teenage friends that grow up and are tied to figured out their shared past in a small town where things are not always what they appear.

    Hearing that the ending is not predictable gets me even more excited about the story. Sounds like it is a wild ride from beginning to end.

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    1. I’ve been reading IT as well and there are parts of this book that remind me of IT. It is a pretty wild ride throughout the book. I couldn’t wait till I got to the end because I just had to find out what happened. I’d recommend reading it.

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  2. Sounds like an amazing murder mystery. Not sure how big of a fan of anime you are, but there is a similar thing (also written as a light novel) called “Erased” I am sure you will find it interesting as well as this one. Similar to this, the main character gets a note and suddenly he wakes up as a child again. He than travels back and forth through time without him being able to control that. Give it a go it might be something you enjoy.

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      1. Yeah, I know many people don’t know it due to it being a Japanese Novel, and most people don’t just stumble upon them, but most of the Japanese novels are very intriguing. It might be due to a difference of culture that they are interesting to me, so to say another perspective on love, life and death.

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  3. I have watched any anime in quite a while and I can’t remember the last time I read any anime. It sounds like I’m loosing out but not looking at them more closely. I’ll have to check this out the next time I’m at my local bookstore. They have a second dedicated to just anime/manga.


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