The Chalk Man

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
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Authors
C.J. Tudor
ISBN
9780718187446
Date Released
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Paperback
Pages
352
Dimensions
153 x 234mm
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Looking back, it all started on the day of the fair and the terrible accident. When twelve-year-old Eddie first met the Chalk Man.

It was the Chalk Man who gave Eddie the idea for the drawings- a way to leave secret messages between his group of friends.

And it was fun, to start with, until the figures led them to the body of a young girl.

That was thirty years ago and Ed thought the past was behind him. Then he receives a letter containing just two things- a piece of chalk, and a drawing of a stick figure.

As history begins to repeat itself, Ed realises the game was never over...

Everyone has secrets.

Everyone is guilty of something.

And children are not always so innocent.
ISBN:
9780718187446
Publication Date:
02 / 01 / 2018
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
153 x 234mm
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It's been a long time since a book has grabbed me so quickly. I love how the story is being told from two different time lines. Tudor doesn't hold back with grittiness and paints his scenes well. Never going into too much graphic detail but giving the reader just enough description to let your imagination vividly fill in the rest. A definite recommendation to any psychological thriller fans. - Damien (QBD)
, 16/01/2018
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A really great read. A suspensful story about a group of friends, going between events in 1986 and 2016. C J Tudor kept you guessing at the next gruesome plot twist, with an interesting cast of characters. - Elizabeth (QBD)
, 15/01/2018
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Imagine if Stephen King had set one of his stories in Midsomer rather than Maine. Bad things happen in a small English village and secrets and memories that a group of childhood friends thought were laid to rest come back to haunt them as adults. The revelations coiled within this tautly written tale will surprise and thrill readers who enjoy a creepy mystery. 'Stranger Things' fans will - Elizabeth (QBD)
, 14/01/2018
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Chalk Man had me with so many questions, even up to the last chapter! I felt like I couldn't get enough of this book, garnering every 5 minutes I could to get a few pages in. The characters are well fleshed out and relatable; you find yourself empathising with even some of the most despicable ones. This was a disturbing insight into human nature and I will be keeping an eye out for the next C.J Tudor releases. - Sara (QBD)
, 14/01/2018
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C J Tudor has masterfully usurped Jane Harper's throne for best debut thriller, ushering in the new year with a chilling bang. Reminiscent of Fiona Barton's The Child, with a dash of Stephen King's tales of children's worlds being warped by an evil happening, this one threatened to keep me in the fetal position underneath the sheets after each tentative reading session. Highly recommended - Mason (QBD)
, 14/01/2018
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The Chalk Man is one of those books that will have you up into the early hours of the morning questioning what that noise outside your window is! With a writing style that fits the creepy atmosphere of her debut novel Tudor is a rising star. If you've been wanting to try out the thriller genre or if you've been reading thrillers for years and think you can guess any twist THIS is the book for YOU! - Penny (QBD)
, 13/01/2018
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This excellent mystery thriller is the authors debut novel. The story follows the lives of 5 friends back in the 1980's and present day who communicate using chalk figures. But their lives change forever after a macabre incident on one fatefull day, with its many twists and turns it is a real page turner. I can't wait for the authors second novel. - Colette (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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The Chalk Man is a coming-of-age tale wrapped within an intense psychological-thriller. A refreshing take of crime fiction, The Chalk Man constantly keeps you guessing. The Chalk Man sucsessfully leads you down the wrong track. C, J, Tudor has written an amazing, intense, page turner where somehow everything is conected yet nothing really is. - Tristan (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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C.J. Tudor's The Chalk Man is the perfect book for those who love mysteries and psychological thriller's, or anyone wanting to try something new. Although this is not the type of book I would usually reach for, I found The Chalk Man a great read, whether you know the premise or want an interesting book to go into blind. The Chalk Man is gripping from the get go as it leaves you desperate to make - Brianna (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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“Start at the beginning. The problem was that none of us ever agreed on the exact beginning” What is the beginning? Is it when youre born or when youre old enough to function for yourself, or even when a life-chaniging event alters the way you see the world? Does your childhood play a part in how you develop in your adult life? C.J Tudor explores this in her fantastic debut novel 'The Chalk Man' where she follows the lives of five friends whose childhoods were ravaged by disasters. These friends find solace in having their own secret codes and signals in the forms of chalk figures, a relief from their own troubles at home. This is until one day a chalk figure leads them to the dismembered body of Elisa Rendell. Their friendship was really doomed to crack from the beginning. This edge of darkness follows them to adulthood where The Chalk Man threatens their livelihood and takes action when they try to solve the mystery of who actually killed Elisa. Tudors depth and perception of how events from childhood can affect the ourcomes of adulthood are subtly hidden in layers of masterful suspense and thrilling plot twists which truly highlight her talent as an author. As a debut novel this is a brilliant read and I cannot wait to see where she goes next. Honestly 'The Chalk Man” is one of the best novels that I have read in a long time. - Mon Qbd Books Blacktown - Wade (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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What a book! With writing to die for, and a plot that just keeps on giving, The Chalk Man is a must-read for any thriller fans. C.J. Tudor is a debut author to keep your eye on for sure. - Lauren (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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This novel hooked me from the first page, and kept me guessing until the very last. Intense and suspenseful with intriguing characters, you'll be staying up all night to find out what happens. - Jocelyn (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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The Chalk Man was a book I struggled to put down; C.J Tudor blends past and present together effortlessly and captivates the reader page by page. This psychological thriller is a brilliant way to start off reading in 2018. Fans of authors such as Stephen King and Gillian Flynn will love this combination of mystery, horror and unnerving childhood fear. The Chalk Man certainly lived up to its hype. - Clarissa (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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Riveting and psychologically suspenseful, The Chalk Man is brilliant debut by C. J. Tudor. The unpredictable story is set over two timelines with eerie clues left like breadcrumbs for the reader to follow if you dare! A great read for those who are looking to fill a horror void left by a certain Stephen King clown. - Mel (Wollongong) - Melanie (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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Usually I am somewhat skeptical when a new author steps onto the book scene with their first release, however, with The Chalk Man I found it myself wanting to read more and more with every page. The book has multiple twists, turns and secrets which satisfied my taste for mystery and now I await more from C. J. Tudor. Great book. - Louisa (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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C J Tudor has done well in a debut novel to emphasise the psychological thrills, leaving the reader guessing what will happen next. I found that despite the twists and thirty-year time gap, the narrative flowed well. While a dark thriller, this is also an examination of how we can think we have left our childhood beind yet it may not be that far away, no matter how dark. - Ross (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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This novel will have you guessing from the get go! The main character constantly pulling the wool over your eyes and everyone around becoming a suspect. Everyone is guilty, everyone holds a secret, but who is the chalk man? Where did it start? and why is it coming back? With continuous twists and turns, some hard to read parts, and a couple of creepy inserts, the chalk man had me at page one. - Sarah (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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C.J.Tudor has provided the perfect mix of gruesome horror and terrifying suspense in this thriller, a read that will challenge you in ways that have not been done since the likes of Stephen King. - Peta (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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Eddie 'Munster' and his friends live in a drowsy English countryside... in the summer of their 12th year The Chalk Man appeared, shattering their world and haunting them forever. Thirty years later Eddie is still haunted by the ghost of the Chalk Man and the victims he claimed. Did they really put the evil to rest in the summer of '86' or is it back to claim those who thougth they had escaped?? - Kelly (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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The Chalk Man doesn't pull any punches; it is unafraid of shocking the reader with bold descriptions and powerful depth of character. An incredibly unique concept and harrowing atmosphere sets this book amongst the finest modern mysteries. This is a confident debut by Tudor, and a thriller that will draw you in from every angle. - Paige (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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I was apprehensive of reading The Chalk Man as its not a book in my preferred genre that being said i was pleasantly surprised. From the beginning the author dropped me into a position of morbid curiosity and i couldnt stop reading. This psychological thriller follows the kind of coming of age story you dont want as eddie and his friends enjoy an idyllic summer break turned bad. Worth the read - Connor (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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C.J. Tudor has written One of the Best Thrillers of the YEAR my friends. If there is one mystery you decide to pick up - it should be this one!! - James (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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For a Debut Novel...Tudor has absolutley smashed it out of the park! If there is a Thriller you should pick up, it should be this one! Everything about it was perfect! The Characters were well developed and the plot was thick and fast! The way it bounced back and forth between the 2 timelines was exquisite! I would highly recommend The Chalk Man for fans of thrillers - Nick (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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The less you expect with these books, the more you enjoy them. I expected too much with this book, and because of this, I enjoyed it less when I began reading it. As I started to see the book for what it was, a good quality, fast-paced thriller, the more I found myself liking it. It is a short read coming in at around 340 pages, and I believe the author wringed as much out of the pages as possible. Initially, I felt the book read similar to a Stephen King novel, albeit in an English setting, with the story focusing on a group of adolescent kids in the 80's, living in a small town. The novel tends to shed these King comparisons as it moves away from any possible supernatural themes and grounds itself more in reality. The story progresses through dual-timelines, alternating (mostly) between 1986 and 2016. The dual-timelines is implemented effectively and provides an uneasy flow of questions and answers, which trickle out when required, to throw you off just that little bit more. The shift in years works to unsettle you and to keep you guessing, bringing with it an overall sour note to the progression of the book, adding flavours of melancholy, sadness and regret to its aged characters. This unease keeps the tone of the book a little darker than most, and does well to paint its setting with the age of three decades past. The setting is only as good as its characters and unfortunately, for me, the protagonist, and other characters, were flat and a little unlikable. Instead of bec - Paul (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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At first I thought C J Tudor's The Chalk Man would be a ripoff of Stephen King's IT, but I soon found myself very mistaken. Tudor has a way with words that quickly draws you in and doesn't let go, even after the book is finished. Her natural storytelling ability brings the tale of Ed and the chalk men to vivid life and will keep you guessing to the very end. -Zoe from Morayfield - Coreena (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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I must say this is the creepiest book that I have read in a long time. Fantastic flawed characters. After meeting the chalk Man at their local fair, Eddie had an idea of using the chalk to write secret messages to each other, until it lead to a yound dead girl. The story goes from 1986 as a young group of school friends to 2016 when everything comes back to haunt them. - Bill (QBD)
, 12/01/2018
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Chalk Man is a gripping thriller that will keep you guessing. So good in fact, I devoured it in one sitting! Fans of Gone Girl, and Girl on the Train will love this book and will be floored by the jaw dropping twists and turns. - Danielle (QBD)
, 11/01/2018
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C.J. Tudor's debut thriller is a book not to be underestimated. With effortless transitions from 1986 to 2016, Tudor relentlessly explores the gripping hold Eddie's childhood discovery and secrets has on him as an adult. As they say, "Everyone has secrets, everyone is guilty of something. Children are not always innocent." - Chrystina (QBD)
, 11/01/2018
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The Chalk Man explores how dark and disturbing events in our lives can be masked or misunderstood when seen through the innocence and naivety of childhood. This psychological thriller keeps the reader in a constant state of suspense and intrigue as Eddie tries to unravel the past and as he comes to the realisation that he has been part of something very sinister. - Natalie (QBD)
, 11/01/2018
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If you loved GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN then you will LOVE "THE CHALK MAN" by C.J.Tudor. I ended up finishing this book in 2 days and it left me speechless,the only problem now is I won't be able to find a book that lives up to this one. Highly recommended - Don't trust me, read the prologue. 5/5 - Ayano (QBD)
, 11/01/2018
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A compellingly creepy debut incorporating manipulations, assumptions, perceptions and an unexpected ending. Everyone has secrets and children are not always as innocent as we think. We think we want answers - but what we really want are the right answers. One moment or a series of moments may derail your entire life...with the appearance of chalk men in their childhood...where do these lead? - Sheridan (QBD)
, 11/01/2018
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The Chalk Man is the first book I've sat down with for 2018 and I hope the rest of my choices this year follow suit. It's good. Very good in fact. I read more than half way in my first sitting and have been burying my nose in it every lunch break since. Switching between past & present Ed our narator takes us back to his adolescence or what some would describe better days... not for this you gang of 5 unfortunately in this eerily constructed debut thriller. Tudor holds the suspence between chapters well and urges you to read just one more...if only I could stop at one. Melanie QBD Books Tea Tree Plaza - Melanie (QBD)
, 11/01/2018
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'The Chalk Man' is a small town British murder mystery with streaks of Stephen King. Whenever I thought the plot was slowing down, something disturbing happened... I was at times unsettled and kept curious until the end. Crime resolution aside, I found the last page to be unexpectedly poignant... although I don't know that I felt sorry for the character at all. You'll have to decide for yourself! - Amy (QBD)
, 11/01/2018
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I've never read a book with characters I care about as much as The Chalk Man. If you're not reading it then why are you reading anything!? - Joshua (QBD)
, 11/01/2018
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The Chalk Man by Debut author C. J. Tudor had me in it's grip thanks to its exciting first few chapters and I couldn't put it down. It's excellent story tells the tale of Eddie and his friends who use chalk drawings to tell secret messages, but one time the drawings lead to a body... What I loved most about the book how much the author's writing style felt similar to that of Stephen King. - Andrew (QBD)
, 11/01/2018
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C. J. Tudor gives us her debut with "The Chalk Man". The story is split between young Eddie with his adventure-seeking gang, and the present old-grumpy-teacher Ed. Their small town becomes infamous after bloodied accidents and bloodied violence that young Eddie and his friends become involved in. And when all are grown up with the past almost forgotten, their game of chalk men show up once again.. - Sheila (QBD)
, 11/01/2018
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This is about as creepy and addictive as a good thriller can get. Yet for a genre that is a dime a dozen 'The Chalk Man' really stands out for its originality and fantastic character building. People who enjoy Stephen King's chilling storytelling will love this book. - Rose (QBD)
, 11/01/2018
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The Chalk Man pulls you in from the start, A thriling read that makes you want to keep reading.It has a Stephen King suspenseful feel to it, with the introduction of the possible perpetrator at the start. The retelling of Eddie's teen years brings a mysterious feel to the book alternating between flashbacks and Eddie's present day, a very capitvating that you just can't put down. - Naomi (QBD)
, 11/01/2018
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How can such an innocent bucket of chalks change the lives of those around you so drastically? The Answer comes in the colour of white; menacing stick figure men with nooses around their necks and pointing furiously, where you ask? Eddie Munster and his mates are going to find out, but lives are going to be destroyed along the way and not all are going to make it out alive. - Amorette (QBD)
, 11/01/2018
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The Chalk Man was entertaining, and kept me turning the pages fairly easily as the story flipped between two time lines with quite a few twists thrown in. CJ Tudor writes a fast-paced novel, but ultimately I was disappointed by the thinly drawn characters, many of which felt gimmicky, and there were a few too many loose ends in the finale for this to be a truly satisfying read. - Madeleine (QBD)
, 10/01/2018
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At last … a Book of the Month I would have no hesitation recommending. The story of an unsolved mystery spanning 3 decades is totally compelling and the writing style is excellent. At no time did the story drag, in fact, there were moments when things happened completely out of left field and I had to go back and read it again thinking … 'did that really just happen?' An excellent read! - Steven (QBD)
, 10/01/2018
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Have you ever had something so traumatic happen to you as a child that you fear it coming back again and haunting you as an adult?? This is what happens to Eddie and his friends, when they come up with a seemingly innocent way to communicate messages secretly to each other until something horrible happens. Now as adults Eddie and his friends must confront their fears as they are confronted with The Chalk Man in their every day lives. Definately a book for the reader who loves Thriller titles. This was definatley an edge of your seat book. For lovers of thrillers and the macabre. - Louise (QBD)
, 10/01/2018
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If you enjoy the current trend of psychological thrillers then you will love reading The Chalk Man. Switching from the past to the present, The Chalk Man reveals a story of childhood friends who kept secrets and told lies that have now come back to haunt them as adults. This thriller will keep you guessing until the very end. - Mark (QBD)
, 10/01/2018
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Who is the chalk man? This thriller will keep you questioning up until the very end. Eddie though his past was behind him, but 30 years later it is still reaching out for him. This fantastically creepy tale explores secrets, and innocence, and how the smallest of actions can have the biggest consequences. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for their next great thriller. - Kylie (QBD)
, 10/01/2018
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DON'T START THIS BOOK AT NIGHT because you won't be able to put it down until it's over. This book surprised me and I was hooked from the very first chapter. C.J. Tudor's writing style is simple and sohpisticated. The timeline through the book, jumping from 1986 to 2016, gives us a lot of nostalgic flashbacks while somehow keeping the storyline flowing throughout. Stephen King readers, jump in. - Hannah (QBD)
, 09/01/2018
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Follow Eddie as a twelve year old boy with all his twelve year old thoughs and as a 42 year old man trying to solve the current mystery as well as the original unsolved dispicable acts. Filled with secrets and red herrings it is perfect holiday reading. If you loved Jane Harper's The Dry or Stephen King's It then you will enjoy this book too. A fabulous combination of creepy and mysterious. - Gillian (QBD)
, 09/01/2018
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Everyone kid has a secret hand shake - I mean how else would you know who your best friends are. However, for Eddie and the gang it was the secret messages in chalk, messages only they knew to look for. But when the messages lead to a body everything changes A must read for lovers of Stephan King, H.P Lovecraft or Chris Cater. A truly thrilling book, but I must stress read it with the lights on! - Adrian (QBD)
, 09/01/2018
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For lovers of Stephen King, The Chalk Man is a novel that grips you from page one and leaves you wanting more. Questions are like Hydra, as one is answered two more pop up and you have to keep reading or you won't get any rest. I found myself screaming at the book as I got closer to the end, on the edge of my seat needing to know more. - Jordanna (QBD)
, 09/01/2018
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Oh my goodness, this was a rollercoaster ride of twist after twist! Set in a town where everyone has a secret to hide, you'll be staying up late and frantically reading to find out who's guilty, who's innocent, and who's slowly losing their mind... - Alexandra (QBD)
, 09/01/2018
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I found The Chalk Man to be too similar to It. As a Stephen King fan, I had the sense more than once that I was just re-reading a book that I had read before.The Chalk Man didn't share the supernatural theme that It did, but many other aspects felt too familiar. I still liked The Chalk Man, but I wouldn't recommend it to Stephen King fans, as they might have the same feeling of repetition I did. - Cassie (QBD)
, 08/01/2018
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This book made me wish I knew how to walk and read at the same time because I did not want to put it down! Follow Eddie and his friends as chalk stick figures lead them to a dismembered body. The chalk men are their own secret code but they were all just 12 at the time. Surely they can't be responsible for what happened? - Belinda (QBD)
, 08/01/2018
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Eddie thinks he has put the traumas of his childhood behind him, but he soon learns you can't always run from your past C.J Tudor's debut novel The Chalk Man is as effortlessly written as it is compelling. Eddie and his friends are such believabe characters, you feel as if these events must have happened. Tudor has crafted a plot so deeply woven it is hard it believe this is her first novel - Olivia (QBD)
, 07/01/2018
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Suspenseful and thrilling C.J Tudor's latest decent into the psychological thriller genre is as fantastic read to get lost in. Beginning in the 1980's the story spans decades and surrounds the discovery of a body after two children play an innocent game of 'hang man' what happens next will have you reeling. - Emma (QBD)
, 06/01/2018
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The movie "Stand by me" was based on a book called “The Body” by Stephen King and if you are a fan of either then you have to read C.J Tudor's debut novel “The Chalk Man”. My fingernails are bitten to the quick thanks to the suspense, thrills and twists that sneak up on you like a child that should be in bed. Add it to your list now, you will not regret it. - Kimberley (QBD)
, 06/01/2018
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It is rare that I find a book that grips me from the very first page. C.J Tudor is a rare talent. The Chalk Man is a rare find. I couldn't put it down, and for good reason. It is one of those books that keeps you intrigued from the start. From the moment I started reading my heart was racing with what was going to happen next. This book is well worth the read and the 5 star rating. - Sheryle (QBD)
, 05/01/2018
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Secret gestures and handshakes are a part of growing up; Eddie and friends had theirs too, a chalk man drawing. However, its all wiped out when a chalk man leads the group to a murder victim. 30 years later Ed finds a letter with chalk and a chalk man that leads to another body 2018s first great psychological drama, Chalk Man will leave you hanging until the last of the chalk dust is rubbed out! - Grace (QBD)
, 05/01/2018
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What a fantastic read. It's the book of the month at the bookstore I work in and my manager recommended I read it to help with sales. I read the whole thing in two days and had myself gaping in the whole last fifth. I was intending to put it down and make some dinner, but I just couldn't eat when I had 60 pages left. The ending had me smirking because something I guessed all along was true, but there were a few fair and logical surprises along the way. I personally wanted to see more of Gav and Hoppo at the end. Loved the last parting with Nicky and its parallel to their first parting. Tudor's writing flair had me hooked, from the humour and one-liners to the witty dialogue and the gradual revealing of the pieces of the puzzle. One of the few books I've read that goes back and forth in chronology effectively enough for me. I have to admit, Eddie's father was my favourite character. Loved the Doctor Who reference - Jaidyn (QBD)
, 05/01/2018
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This book is an incredible thriller which keeps it's audience guessing. Set as a flow between two time periods in the main character's lives (their childhood and subsequent adulthood), this book explores murder through a child's eyes. It is a thrilling novel that all readers have enjoyed immensely and should be a definite consideration for the next book you read. - Naomi (QBD)
, 05/01/2018
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C.J. Tudor's 'The Chalk Man' is to psychological thrillers what Jane Harper's 'The Dry' is to Australian crime novels. With deep, believable characterisation and masterfully descriptive writing, Tudor has created a world that you'll love to fear right up until the final page. Start your year off with a story so scary, you'll have nothing to fear in the new year. - Samuel (QBD)
, 05/01/2018
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Stephen King's 'IT' meets crime fiction in this nerve-wracking page-turner. It's hard to believe that this is Tudor's first book, but I've made room on my shelf for her future thrillers! As a fan of the netflix series Stranger Things, this novel gave me a mystery vibe from the very beginning - nothing adds up, and the time jumps left me biting my nails the whole way through. A definite must-read! - Emily (QBD)
, 05/01/2018
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The front cover was the first thing that got my attention with the creepy and intreging chalk drawing. Reading this book all the way through I thought it was a amazing debut novel for CJ Tudor and I found it very hard to stop when my attention was needed elsewhere. Being a fan of crime literature and authors like Stephen King I found this book to be quite reminisant of Stephen King's "The Body". The story bounces between 1986 where a small group of friends find themselves mixed up in some strange happenings in a small town and present day where the authur slowly reveals the mystry of what happened in that small town back in the 80's. I found The Chalk Man really intreging and it kept me guessing to the end. Who knew chalk could be sinister? I thought getting my hands on and reading a copy of The Chalk Man was a great way to kickstart my 2018! - Belinda (QBD)
, 05/01/2018
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If you are in the mood for a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, a novel that inspires the hairs on the back of your neck to start prickling and a text that will have you uneasy in the dark, this is the read for you! From the very first moment the author creates a world that we as a reader get bound to. Clear your schedule, this is one you will not be able to put down! - Caitlyn (QBD)
, 05/01/2018
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If you are a fan of Stephen King, then you will love 'The Chalk Man'. It had me hooked after the first chapter. Eddie, Fat Gaz, Nicky, Hoppo and Metal Mickey are a group of friends who create their own secret code, chalk men. It is a simple little game until an unknown chalk man leads them to a headless body, and everything changes. Thirty years later, Eddie gets a letter with a chalk figure in the mail. Turns out all his friends got one, and the next thing they know, one of the gang turns up dead. Now they have to figure out what happened all those years ago, and what happened now. 'The Chalk Man' is a suspenseful thriller that will prevent you from putting it down. - Erin (QBD)
, 05/01/2018
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We have a new player in town, C J Tudor. A horror, thriller and whodunit all rolled into one that keeps you on your toes, under your bedsheets and quessing the whole way through. Flicking from the past to the present chapter by chapter you cant help entering their world and becoming one of them. An addictive read so cancel all your plans, you wont be able to put this one down! - Joanne (QBD)
, 05/01/2018
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This book reads like an old school mystery.I felt like I was back in the 80’s living out old past times..apart from being stalked by a creepy chalk man & finding dead bodies around where I live.When I came to the end of this I felt like I was saying goodbye to my friends.I didn't want it to end!The dark humor,gore,mystery & character development really made for a suspenseful read. 5 Chalky stars!! - Jessica (QBD)
, 04/01/2018
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This twisted psychological thriller will keep you guessing right to the end. Murder and intrigue fills this story that spans thirty years. In 1986, 12 year old Ed's group of friends discover something horrific in their small town. Thirty years later, secrets come to life in a most bizarre way. Chalk stick figure drawings appear around town and visions of dead people blur the lines of reality. - Kerryn (QBD)
, 04/01/2018
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'The Chalk Man' is so good, I never wanted to stop reading it. Sleep? Who needs sleep when you can solve a murder? I found myself trying to solve it whenever the book wasn't in my hands. This debut author crafted so many red herrings, I devoured it within the weekend. This book is like Stranger Things, but with more murder. - Karina (QBD)
, 04/01/2018
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C.J. Tudor taps into the psychological side of thrillers in his new book, The Chalk Man. The characters are as untrustworthy as they are cunning, with more twists and turns than a standard 'whodunnit'. If you liked the flashback nature of The Dry, you will love the voice of 12-year-old Eddie as he recalls the darkest moments of his childhood, leading to question the cause/effect of small actions. - Rosie (QBD)
, 04/01/2018
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Remember that movie “Stand by me”? Well that is based off Stephen King's “The Body” and if you enjoyed the movie or the book you will be besotted with debut author C. J. Tudor's “The Chalk Man”. My fingernails are bitten to the quick thanks to the thrilling story telling and the twists that sneak up on you like a child who should be in bed. Add to the mixture a smattering of dark humour and a writing style of a seasoned best seller and you have “The Chalk Man”, 2018's first must read. - Kimberley (QBD)
, 04/01/2018
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I didn't even have to start the book to get sucked in, the prologue did it for me... I was hooked. I had to know who the almond eyed girl was laying in the leaves. I had to know why her head was severed, why was it taken by someone with a bag of chalk... WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON?!? This is such a creepy, engaging story that took me from the past to the present with so many twists and turns. Something that began as an adolescent game became so much more. I would predict the storyline and think I had it in the bag, but I'd be wrong so many times, I had no idea. I love a book that can keep me guessing with such a satisfyingly haunting ending. You have to read this! But be careful... you will be out of touch with family and friends until you finish ;-) - Sam-Maree (QBD)
, 04/01/2018
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If you have read The Dry by Jane Harper and are looking for a thriller with more bite I highly recommend The Chalk Man by C.J Tudor. Its hard to believe this is a first novel for C.J Tudor as it reads like a good Stephan King novel. Set in both 1986 and 2016 it all twists together as you dig deeper into the pages. The Chalk Man is one of those books you'll want to buy for everyone you know just so you have someone to talk to about it. - Courtney (QBD)
, 04/01/2018
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If you enjoy Dean Koontz's quirky tales, you will love this debut novel by C.J. Tudor! I found it to be a wonderful page-turner and couldn't wait to find out the mystery behind the chalk men. - Tina (QBD)
, 04/01/2018
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I was urged to read this book by a friend. I was apprehensive and not overly excited as I am in no way a crime fiction reader. Two chapters in, I was hooked and surprised. I needed to know what came next. There were parts of this book that made me physically ill with anticipation. I doubt that I will ever be able to look at a chalk drawing the same again. - Chaille (QBD)
, 03/01/2018
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The last few pages of this book will send a shiver through your spine. This is a well written thriller murder mystery that unravels the hidden demons of a town's past. This is more than just a simple british murder mystery. The events throughout this book will keep you shocked and lightheartedly entertained at the same time. The Chalkman gives back credit to the real thriller genre. - Christopher (QBD)
, 03/01/2018
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If you're a fiend for stories that keep you on the edge of your seat, then look no further! This is without hesitation one of the best suspense thrillers I have ever read. The novel begins with a sickening discovery between a group of adolescents, and we watch as the eerie repercussions of this sighting follow them into adulthood. Full of insane twists and turns, The Chalk Man is in line be one of the finest thrillers of 2018. - Holly (QBD)
, 02/01/2018
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Not since Jane Harper's The Dry have I enjoyed such a thrilling, suspenseful and pyschological read. It's hard to believe this is C.J. Tudor's first novel. I was gripped form the very first paragraph. I would not be surprised if this is the best thriller read for 2018. - Stacey (QBD)
, 02/01/2018
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C.J Tudor's debut novel flicks between the 1980's, and present time, in small town England to piece together the anatomy of a thriller. You expect to be misled when reading a good mystery but C.J Tudor manages to tie up all the loose ends, then untie one just to keep you on the hook. Gripping, eerie and not at all what I expected; fans of Stephen King or S.J Watson will find this is a must-read. - Lauren (QBD)
, 01/01/2018
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This is one of those rare tales that gets under your skin and stubbornly remains there long after you've shelved the book. The element of mystery is introduced via the framework of a rites of passage novel reminiscent of Stephen King's 'Stand By Me'. The strong sense of time and place is as evocative as the vivid images of innocence lost and the he feeling of regret that permeates the novel. - Nola (QBD)
, 29/12/2017
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The Chalk Man is a debut thriller that will leave you with chills. Told partly in flashback, it's the story of Eddie, a 40-something teacher with a past full of horror and a penchant for collecting things that don't belong to him. Slowly the reader is pulled into Eddie's world as him and his friends try to navigate parents, hormones, creepy chalk figures and dead bodies. - Shannon (QBD)
, 21/12/2017

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