The Chalk Man

The Chalk Man

Book - 2018
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In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They 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 only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever 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 that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank... until one of them turns up dead.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2018]
Edition: First United States Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781524760984
1524760986
Branch Call Number: F TUDOR
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 25 cm

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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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ACabion
Mar 08, 2018

Mystery / Thriller

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star2014
Mar 07, 2018

Think of this book as a cross between "Stand By Me" , and "It". Suspenseful, with a fast moving storyline, this novel is definitely a page turner. The author successfully weaves a complex mystery, full of twists and turns that will not disappoint.

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Nakdan
Feb 21, 2018

The book had an interesting premise but failed in its execution. The characters were thinly developed and the writing was mediocre. The plot was a page turner in the way that Dan Brown books are however it definitely did not live up to its hype.

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RescueDog
Jan 31, 2018

Quite a thriller. A bit too creepy for my taste & I still have an unanswered question or two. I guessed the ending, but I was wrong.

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Annaf71
Jan 29, 2018

If you are Stephen King fan, the book is very influenced by his previous works but not without it being too cliche. Tudor is a SK fan too.

I really enjoyed this book. It is a very fast read. But some parts were disgusting and unbearable though.

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