In 1986, Eddie and his friends spend their days riding their bikes, looking for any excitement they can find. They use chalk figures as a secret code to communicate with each other in a way nobody else can understand. What they don’t expect is for the chalk men to lead them to a dead body. Fast forward to 2016 and Eddie thinks he’s put the past behind him. But when the chalk figures make a reappearance, he realises that the only way to truly be free of the past is to figure out what really happened all those years ago.
It’s almost impossible to believe that this is C.J. Tudor’s first book. Her writing is so atmospheric and skilled, creating constant creepiness and suspense without overdoing anything. The entire story is captivating, told through two alternating timelines: 1986 and 2016. The plot progresses fairly slowly, but with a lot of small, shocking events (especially during the 2986 timeline) which keeps things interesting. Instead of being slow or dull, The Chalk Man has a sort of slow burn as the suspense and intrigue builds.
This is an excellent book, expertly written and perfect for thriller and mystery fans. Shocking, and shockingly good.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.