Welcome to my spot on the blog tour today! I’m thrilled to share my review of The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor.
The Chalk Man
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?
Eddie, Fat Gav, Metal Mickey, Hoppo and Nicky are five ordinary kids, building dens in the woods, taking trips to the park, whiling away the time eating sweets and having fun. On the day of the fair, a tragic accident takes place. It is also the day the Chalk Man steps into their lives. Inspired by something they hear, they begin a game, drawing stick figures, using them as signs and signals. Harmless fun. A simple game between friends. Only, their game takes on a life of its own. As more and more stick figures appear around the town of Anderbury, it becomes clear that the small chalk men and the gruesome events are enmeshed, heralding a sinister turn of events that will have far reaching consequences. Years later, the gang receive letters – inside is one simple drawing with one simple meaning: the dangers that reside in their past have followed them into the future. Most of all though, it means that the game is far from finished.
There has been an incredible buzz around this book and it’s been brewing for months non-stop! As soon as I read the blurb, I thought this is going to be one of those really brilliant novels that lingers in the mind for a long time. After reading it in a single day, I can whole-heartedly confirm that this is an absolutely remarkable book. I loved CJ Tudor’s deft, nostalgic portrayal of a small town in the 80s. And that despite first impressions, there is more to this town than the church, pub and park; behind the walls and beyond the fences is something sinister at play. The tension and suspense leaps off the page!!
Told part in the past (1986) and part in the present (2016), The Chalk Man follows the lives of five friends, predominantly Eddie, as they grow from ordinary children, albeit with peculiar, unnerving traits, into grown-ups. I loved seeing how the events around them affected the dynamic of their relationship and seeing the secrets hidden beneath the folds of their past begin to seep out. I adored The Chalk Man – I think it would make an absolutely amazing movie. It certainly makes a remarkable book!
Plumbing the depths of truth and innocence, The Chalk Man examines the parting between good and evil and the possiblity of there being more to things than what meets the eye, if by looking past our assumptions, the truth in its brutal vaneer, will lie waiting. This is a spine-chilling, nerve-tingling book that will have you seeing chalk men everywhere you look.
Nostalgic. Thrilling. Unnerving.
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About CJ Tudor:
C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter. Her love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert.
Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, waitress, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and now author. The Chalk Man is her first novel.
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Huge thanks to Gaby Young and Jenny Platt for my review copy and for including me on the blog tour!