The Chalk Man – CJ Tudor

Holy crap, guys! This book. It deserves all of the hype it’s been getting.

A big thanks to Crown Publishing for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

THE CHALK MAN by CJ Tudor (Releasing January 9th, 2018)

Check back later for the #CJSReads collective reviews 🙂

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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

Here is a book that has been getting a lot of hype. Like with any other highly anticipated and talked about book, I went into THE CHALK MAN with an open mind. I didn’t want to build it up too much before reading it. Well, let me tell you, this book completely deserves all of the hype and praise it’s been receiving!

First of all, the beginning of the book, that grabbed me right away. We follow Eddie throughout the book (and it’s told from his perspective), but the reader goes back and forth from 1986 to 2016. In 1986, Eddie and his friends are all close and growing up, but they still have their secret code they speak in. They call them the chalk men – as you’d suspect they’re chalk stick figures used to communicate with one another. Until one day, when a chalk man leads them to a body, their lives are forever changed.

Fast forward to 2016, Eddie is grown up and has his past behind him. One day he gets a letter in the mail containing a single chalk man. He finds out that his friends have also received the same letter. When one of them turns up dead, Eddie and his friends realize they need to figure out what happened all those years ago in order to save themselves.

This was a fantastic read. Really dark, gloomy, and at times graphic. I read this book in one sitting and I could not put it down. The ending was crazy! I found myself thinking, what the hell did I just read?? I completely agree with my buddy reader, Chandra, that it is so hard to believe that this is a debut novel. There’s no way. I will definitely be picking up more by CJ Tudor in the future.

Overall, if you want a dark and graphic crime read, then you need to get this on your TBR. If you’re a crime fiction or mystery fan, then you need this in your life. It lives up to the hype, 100%

What’s a book that you’re highly anticipating because of the hype surrounding it? Or do you try to avoid those books?

–Jess

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