Read: 27th November 2017 – 4th December 2017
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.
When Jenny Platt emailed me a description of The Chalk Man to find out whether I’d be interested in taking part in the blog tour, I couldn’t say yes quick enough, it sounded so unique and mysterious!
Right from the first few pages it was such an intriguing story, I was compelled to continue reading to find out what happened to ‘the gang’ in their childhood and who/what was coming back to haunt them.
Previous to picking up The Chalk Man, I had been in a complete reading slump for a couple of months, I was really struggling to find something that gripped my attention and kept me engaged all the way through. However this wonderful novel brought me right out of that state of mind!
I absolutely loved how C J Tudor shaped the characters, Eddie was a wonderful protagonist and it was so interesting to read his prospective of childhood and then 30 years later in adulthood. Tudor made an exquisite job of writing in the mind of a 12 year old, including how he perceived the world and the people around him, then flitting to Eddie’s much older adult self, couldn’t have been an easy task!
This was a highly anticipated read for me and I’m so pleased I wasn’t deflated! Super excited to read more by this clever author!
About the author
C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still 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, waitress, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant,
voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and now author. The Chalk Man is her first novel.
Thank you to Jenny Platt at Penguin Random House for my advanced copy and the opportunity to take part on the blog tour.