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

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