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Sunday Swaps: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor ~ Review by Vicci

The Chalk Man

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Memory Lane Stars

Synopsis

You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you.

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran – the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

Was it ever really over?

Will this game only end in the same way?

Review

I really enjoyed this one, as it was set in the 80’s for part of the story, it conjoured up a lot of memories for me, like Woolworths, and Pick ‘n’ Mix.

The story was good and the characters were very well written.

Stephen King fans will see a slight nod to The Body (A short story that was then made into a movie Stand By Me, which is awesome if you haven’t seen it)
And even the King himself has said that ‘If you like my stuff, you’ll like this’ Which is very high praise indeed.

Told in a duel timeline 1986 as a child, and 2016 as a teacher, Eddie is still coming to terms with the fact that him and his friends found a body in the woods, a murder that has never been solved.

They all played games as children, and one of these was communicating with Chalk Man figures drawn on the floor, each friend was represented by a different colour.

One day Eddie receives an envelope through the door with a drawing and a piece of chalk, and this gives him enough courage to try and get more information about the unsoved crime.

Growing up myself in the 80’s, this book gave me great pleasure being reminded of certain things, and the story was very well paced.

🎧🎧Narration of the audio book was great, Andrew Scott and Asa Butterfield really brought the characters to life.
All of the charaters had their own voices, and i was never wondering what person was talking, or who was who🎧🎧

🌹this book is part of #SundaySwap with my blog partner and I….. we recommend books to each other that are a little out of our comfort zone, curious to see what she thought of the Horror book that i gave her 😂

See Berit’s Review of The Chalk Man.

Step back in time,

Vicci

Sunday Swaps: Bird Box by Josh Malerman ~ Including a Double Review ~ #bookreview #SundaySwap

Bird Box

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Synopsis

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

Vicci’s Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ That is some creepy sh*t stars!

This was a reread for me, but it was on our Goodreads group (A Million More Pages, you should totally join, it’s awesome!) as a Book of the Month, so ya know…points!

Anyhoo….

This little Dystopian cracker is a creepy little mind fu*k because you don’t really know why you are scared, I mean how could you while you are wearing a blindfold?

It all starts when seemingly normal people start to loose their sh*t and go mad, not in the “He’s crazy” type thing, i mean totally bat shit crazy, they are normal one second, and the next they are killing their husband/wife/kids, and then turning the weapon on themselves.

When i say weapon i mean anything they have at hand, knives, guns, hammers, even their own teeth!!

This is happening quite far away in a different county, and it is being reported on the TV so it isn’t anything to get really worried about…..

Until it starts happening closer to the U.S.A…

Then in your state, then in your home town!

People start to cover their windows/doors and are scared to look outside, as it seems to be that something out there is causing all of this, but the thing is, if you look…..you die!!

So Malorie is there…

In the house……

All alone……

She can’t go outside…..

She can’t look outside…..

She WON’T look outside…………

Oh yes, i forgot to say that she is a few months pregnant!!!!

Because you are with Malorie throughout this creepy little read you start to feel the claustrophobia as you are not really sure what is out there, especially when you have to eventually open that door and go outside…………

🎧🎧Audio narration for this book was perfect, Katharine Mangold really managed to make me believe that *I* was Malorie, and i was scared out of my pants!! 😱

Berit’s Review

Don’t Open Your Eyes!

What the **** did I just read? This book was NOT what I was expecting… at all! It was disturbing, creepy, and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time…. just going to put it out there if I were in this situation, in this post apocalyptic world, I would so be gone in the first day…. just saying….

Something is out there, something that makes you go mad if you lay your eyes on it…. mad to the point you will kill others, yourself, or both…. mad to the point of no return…. so how do you survive? You board up your house with cardboard and cloth, you never go outside unless completely necessary, and then you wear a blindfold…. sounds fun, right? Oh yes and I forgot to mention sometimes when you’re outside you will feel or sense whatever is out there around you…… creepy!

Mallory the protagonist in this book was a quietly strong woman…. when things started going completely sideways not only did she find her way to a safe place, but she was also pregnant…. The story is told in alternating time periods… Mallory on a river trip trying to find her way to an even safer place… and Malory‘s backstory…. I have to give it to Mallory… not only did she have herself to take care of but two young children who she needed to train to escape and survive….

I’d recommend if you like postapocalyptic books, creepy books, or are just in the mood to be freaked out….

🎧🎧🎧5 huge stars for the audiobook narration by Cassandra Campbell… I absolutely 100% enjoyed this book more because of her fantastic narration, she made me feel as though I was there on that rowboat with her going down that river….

*** thank you so much to my amazing blog partner V, this is a Sunday Swap read and I probably would have never picked it up otherwise ***

Enjoy the creepiness,

Vicci and Berit