Author: C. J. Tudor
Genre: Murder Mystery
Format: Paperback 352 pages
Release Date: 23 August 2018
Publisher: Penguin / Michael Joseph
I bought this book after reading such rave reviews on twitter from my fellow bloggers. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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?
What’s most intriguing about this book is for once, the back cover only gives us the barest of synopsis. We know there’s a body, we know there’s been an accident and we know there are drawings of chalk figures and that’s about it! This brief description caught my attention and together with the simple but incredibly effective front cover I just had to know more.
The story is told in the form of a narrative by Eddie (Ed) and flips back and forth between present day (2016) and events from his childhood in 1986 when Eddie was 12. Ed relieves his childhood to us as the reader and describes the terrifying events that he went through with his four best friends. I personally love stories told in this way where we work back through time figuring out alongside a narrator what really happened.
The story is given to us slowly over the chapters with bits and pieces of Ed’s past revealed at just the right moments making it very hard to put the book down and not read on to the next chapter. I was gripped needing and wanting to know more.
I must admit, from about half way through I thought I had it figured out, only to be surprised when I got to the end that I had in fact grossly miscalculated things!
Overall I really enjoyed this book, the author has an easy to read writing style which makes this a manageable read when you don’t want anything too taxing. There are some quite graphic horror scenes and I could easily see this as the makings of a good movie. I have seen on Twitter that the author has another book due for release next year, ‘The Taking of Annie Thorne’ and I will most definitely be keeping that on my radar.
About the Author
C. J. Tudor lives with her partner and young daughter. Her love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert.
Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, dog walker, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and, now, author.
Her first novel, The Chalk Man, was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold in thirty-nine territories.
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