The Chalk Man - C. J. Tudor
Reading Challenge Category: A book by an author you’ve never read before
It was only meant to be a game . . . 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?
Well, I can certainly see why everyone was raving about this last year! It was amazing! I’m always worried when I read a book that has been gushed about, and you see on every turn, as sometimes they can be overhyped! This one wasn’t. It grips you right from the beginning and doesn’t let go. I wasn’t really sure what the book was going to be about as the premise doesn’t give anything away, but I wasn’t expecting it to be about young lads back in 1986 and then following them grown up in 2016. Along with very sinister and unfortunate events that unfold as the book goes along. I was surprised that even a way into the book, you still didn’t know what was going to happen and are still left wondering where the book was leading. The reveals are so subtle you end up reading them twice, as they are such big things but just thrown into the text so casually. They blow you away when done like this as it’s playing them down but at the same time hitting you with the exposition. It was so lovely to have the retro side of it, and to visit ‘Woollies’! It felt a little bit like ‘Stranger Things’ in that aspect just without the weird, otherworldly side of it. I loved the style of writing; it was very sophisticated and easy to read. I flew through this book as couldn’t wait to find out what it was all about. Overall, a fantastic five-star read and I am looking forward to reading C.J Tudor’s latest book ‘The Taking of Annie Thorne’.