Title: The Chalk Man
Author: C.J. Tudor
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Date Started: January 14, 2018
Date Finished: January 24, 2018
*I would like to thank the publisher, author, and NetGalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Can I start by saying I have never read a book that had a teaser trailer? Observe:
The Chalk Man covers the story of Eddie and his group of friends across two different points in their lives, one when they are 12 and the other when they are 42. When the four boys and one girl were young, they would ride around town on their bikes and leave chalk men messages to each other, but one day the chalk men lead them to a body in the woods. Now, in 2016, Eddie has received a letter covered in chalk men in the mail, leading him to reevaluate the events from 30 years prior to uncover what truly happened.
I was very excited to get the opportunity to read this book, and I have since seen it highlighted on the Book of the Month Club. I am a sucker for a cold case mystery, and this one had so many twists and turns and drama in both time lines that it was just down-right fun to read. The book started by startling me with a fairly disturbing incidence, and ended with an even larger shock.
The first half of the book had a fairly slow pace to it as it set up everything that would be important for the conclusion, but at a certain point it is non-stop revelations and impossible to stop reading. While it didn’t take too much effort to figure out most of the crime, I still enjoyed it immensely. A great summer read!
Overall, 3.5/5 moose