Friday Reads #37: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

Friday Reads

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share the first sentence (or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.

This week’s book:

Book cover for The Chalk Man
The Chalk Man
Author: C.J. Tudor
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication Date: January 9, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads): In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy 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 one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever 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 stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank–until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

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This book is a little bit darker than ones that I usually read. I was sent this lovely package from the publisher that included the book and a box of chalk. This definitely piqued my interest and after checking out a few Goodreads reviews, I decided to give it a try. I am so glad that I did because this is one thriller that has had me guessing from the first few pages. I am almost to the end with a hint of an idea, but I am still unsure. The story goes back and forth between 1986 and 2016, which adds a really interesting element to the plot.

Book Beginning:

Start at the beginning.

The problem was none of us ever agreed on the exact beginning. Was it when Fat Gav got the bucket of chalks for his birthday? Was it when we started drawing chalk figures or when they started to appear on their own?

Friday 56:

At the door, Chloe pauses. She has on her concerned face. “Seriously, though, if you need a get-out I can give you a call on your mobile if you like- fake emergency?”

20 thoughts on “Friday Reads #37: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    I was surprised to see that you were reading this… It definitely isn’t what I normally see you read. But I am definitely glad to see this. I hadn’t heard of this before, and now i have another new book to add to my TBR.

  2. Savings InSeconds says:

    This is on my wishlist, too! I was supposed to get a copy from Firsttoread but it wouldn’t download…so sad!

  3. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    The premise sounds really interesting! I’m glad it’s not one of those books you can guess the twist right away and instead keeps you guessing. I always love when publishers take the time to create a thematic package, it’s so nice 🙂
    Great post, and it’s cool that you liked this despite not being your usual kind of read! Shows how talented the writer is ^^

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