- Author – C.J Tudor
- Publisher – Doubleday Canada
- Pages – 368
In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little 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 each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be 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 figure. When it turns out his friends got the same messages, they think it could be a prank… until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realises that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all them years ago.
This is my second book read by C.J Tudor, i discovered the author by reading her third book ‘The Taking Of Annie Thorne’ I loved it and so naturally I have to go back and read everything.
I can honestly tell you, you will not be disappointed with this book. It was amazing. I actually can’t express how great it was, the storyline … I mean seriously what a brilliant mind this author has, the twist and turns were amazing and you really didn’t see them coming and the chapter separation between the past and present was brilliant.
The writing style was fantastic, each chapter gives you a little snippet of the good stuff. Enough to keep you engaged and hanging on, making you want to read just that bit more. Each chapter has its own little cliffhanger making you NEED not want but NEED to move onto the next chapter, just read one more.
I swear this book has more twists and turns than a maze, your head is constantly spinning, because just when you have the grasp of what happens… BAM the plot thickens. You will never guess what comes next even when you think you have.
The characters were beautifully written and they cane to life, it was like you knew them, had known them for years. There was not an unlikable main character. They were all mates or family, so it’s like you was a part of them, living it with them.
The pages came alive in this book, and as I got closer to the ending the more I couldn’t put it down, the more fast paced it became. It w an amazing read and not only another of my very favourite reads of the year but now C.J Tudor has become one of my TOP 3 authors. She is an excellent storyteller with an incredible mind and imagination. I can not recommend her enough.