The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

The Chalk Man

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 gro...

Details The Chalk Man

TitleThe Chalk Man
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherCrown Publishing Group (NY)
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Crime, Mystery Thriller, Horror, Suspense

Reviews The Chalk Man

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I haven't felt this sure of a book's worthiness to be read since I picked up The Dry by Jane Harper back in January. I'll admit, I find myself enjoying a majority of the books that I read; I don't know if I'm just not as picky as other readers or if, after so many years of reading, I generally can tell what will tickle my fancy. That said, there are the books you enjoy, and then there are THOSE books. You know the ones I mean; the unicorns, the d...
  • Emily May
    2 1/2 stars. This book was okay, but maybe it was grossly over-hyped because I really expected it to be more gripping than it actually was. It's one of the buzziest books of 2018, it's set in small town England (home!), and yet it was so fricking slow.I've just recently read Harper's Force of Nature and I'm currently starting Anatomy of a Scandal and both of these books are just way more engrossing and thrilling than The Chalk Man. It felt like o...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: StarsAfter hearing so many great things about “The Chalk Man” I decided I had to read it. This book was very hyped up and I hoped I wasn’t expecting too much. I went into it with an open mind and hoped for the best.The book has a rather morbid opening, a gruesome discovery in the woods. I was immediately intrigued.1986 - Eddie and his friends always met up on S...
  • Maureen
    Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneI know it's unusual to start a review by talking about the end of a book, but oh boy what an excellent ending that was!12 year old Eddie Adams and his friends are like any other group of twelve year olds, carefree summer days messing about as kids do, until the day the fair visits the village of Anderbury. A Waltzer carriage breaks away at...
  • Crumb
    Scenario One: When you meet the gorgeous, charismatic, husband type..Sometimes when you go on a first date, there is an instant connection and you know that this is it. I've found the one. Maybe he took you to a play, or just a really nice dinner. But in all honesty, location doesn’t matter. He may have pulled out your chair, opened your car door, and took off your coat. By the end of the evening, you were trying to think of ways to prolong the...
  • Melissa
    The time for my childhood bogeyman has gone. I’m an adult now. Time to face the Chalk Man. Before I could even finish The Hiding Place —C.J. Tudor’s sophomore offering—I resigned myself to the fact that The Chalk Man would end up in my hands sooner rather than later. What can I say, the foreboding tone of that storyline and deliciously dark happenings piqued my curiosity. What else was this author capable of? It’s highly unusual for me ...
  • Elyse Walters
    NO SPOILERS.... NONE.... NOT EVEN TINY ONES! If more mystery suspense books were written like this one -- I’d read them more often than I do!!!!!ABSOLUTE FAVORITE MYSTERY SUSPENSE novel I’ve read all year!!!!!There is something that feels very different about this book - than other mystery thrillers I’ve read. Wholesome and creepy! Warmth with gore? How is it possible? At times the storytelling is humorous - clever - and charming - other ti...
  • Susanne Strong
    5 Stars.Now This is How You do It!!C.J. Tudor has written One of the Best Thrillers of the YEAR my friends.  If there is one mystery you decide to pick up - it should be this one!!Reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Body - known to most people as the movie Stand By Me - “The Chalk Man” is a story about 5 young friends: (four boys and a girl), who go through an experience at the cusp of adolescence, something fierce and terrifying. Something ...
  • Paromjit
    For a debut novel this is astoundingly good, and it has the feel of a classic novel. It expertly moves between two timelines, events that occurred in 1986 to the present. Set in the small town of Anderbury, 4 friends, Eddie 'Munster' Adams, Fat Gav, Metal Mickey, Hoppo and Nicky are 12 years old, whiling away the summer holidays getting into mischief on their bikes, having fun, evolving secret communications through chalk men symbols and in searc...
  • Kaceey
    It appears I’m in the minority on this one. But as hard as I tried, I just couldn’t connect with this book. I’d been excited about its debut for months. Finally, at time of release I was first in line! If only the book lived up to my anticipation. Sorry to say, it didn’t.Very reminiscent of Stand by Me, a coming-of-age themed book based around a group of 12 year-old boys. And in this case, their one female friend. Told through present and...
  • j e w e l s
    REASONS TO LOVE:the titlethe author's biothe author's acknowledgments at end of bookthat perfect coversuspenseful, addictive, spooky storya combination of STRANGER THINGS (Netflix series) and STAND BY ME (80's movie)The only reason I couldn't give all the stars to this very fun book is due to too many co-winky dinks towards the big reveal at the end. A bit too implausible.I love the 80's vibe of little boys riding around on their bikes getting in...
  • Berit☀️✨
    well HOT damn!!!5 BIG chalk drawn stars🌟WOW! I cannot believe this is this authors debut book.... it was just so extremely well thought out, the characters were well-developed, the pacing of the plot was perfect, I really just can’t think of anything wrong with this book....The story is told from the perspective of Ed.... with two different timelines his present life as a teacher in 2016 and his 12-year-old memories in 1986....Ed and his bud...
  • Holly B
    Chalk men lurking...I'm sure we all have drawn a chalk man or a chalk girl, but never with the consequences that this young group of kids endure! A very clever thriller full of seething secrets. I read the description for this book and I wasn't sure that this would be something I would enjoy, but I was mesmerized by the slow unraveling of this tale!Told from childhood (1986) to present day (2016) by one of the boys, Eddie. The author's writing tr...
  • Meredith
    “NEVER ASSUME. QUESTION everything. Always look beyond the obvious.”Creepy psychological thriller about a group of teenagers who find a dead body buried in the woods in 1986. While the killer was apprehended, all was not as it seemed. When they were 12 years old, Eddie, Hoppo, Metal Mickey, Fat Gav, and Nicky were playing in the woods when they notice drawings of chalk men. The drawings lead them to make a gruesome discovery. This event haun...
  • emma
    I am sick of a lot of things.I am sick of studying. I am sick of eating anything other than desserts in the name of “““health.””” I am sick of pretending as a society that Jonathan is an important part of the show Stranger Things, when we all must know that the show would be 200% better without his scary-looking face and inability to act. But I may not be as sick of anything as I am sick of book...
  • Melisa
    Ghosts didn’t exist in daylight, or zombies. They only existed in that sleepy hollow between midnight and dawn, crumbling to dust at the sun’s first rays. Or so, at the age of twelve, I still believed.Prepare for some gushing, y’all, because this is one of the best thrillers I’ve read in awhile. This was a really fresh, unique take on a psychological thriller that didn’t follow a formula like anything else out there. It’s difficult to...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    4 stars! This was a highly suspenseful, intriguing, creepy and mysterious thriller.This novel caught my attention from the prologue and I found myself growing more attached to this story as I turned each page. The characters were well-developed – some likeable, others not. Each character had an element of mystery about them which I really enjoyed. My suspicions were flip-flopping all over the place trying to determine what had happened and how ...
  • Diane S ☔
    4.5 Now this is what I call a fantastic mystery. I love the way this was told, our narrator now in his fifties, takes us back to a summer that changed everything. Has sort of a Christmas story or It vibe to it, in the way it is told. We Tavel back to the eighties, and the author does a great job of portraying this time. Ed, our narrator and his group of friends, four in all and one a girls, as they ride their bikes everywhere, build actual forts,...
  • Jen
    Chalk was a mainstay of fun when I was growing up. We used it for hopscotch and drawings and it could consume us for hours in the hot summer sun. But, after reading this, you may want to reconsider gifting any child with it. That fun, messy stuff is now a conduit for murder. Because the chalk man leaves his chalk drawing after decapitating a girl and using a group of boy's whose medium of communication is chalking but has now become the messenger...
  • Linda
    "People are strange....." crooned in the deep, haunting voice of Jim Morrison of The Doors.Oh, that's only the tip on the piece of chalk that leaves irreverent drawings along the way. Quickly sketched ramblings with elusive meanings. The pages flit back and forth in time from that serrated summer of 1986 in Anderbury. Eddie Adams and his friends are in their twelfth summer of wild boyhood and feel the excitement of good-looking girls and the fast...
  • Larry H
    I give this 4.5 stars.Sometimes you see a bunch of your Goodreads friends raving about a book, and you hope that you'll find it just as good as they did. In the case of C.J. Tudor's terrific debut thriller, The Chalk Man , that definitely was the case for me."Personally, I have found that it is much better to take your fears, lock them up in a nice, tightly shut box and shove them into the deepest, darkest corner of your mind."In the summer of 1...
  • Carol
    4+++ Stars. Beware The Chalk Men! Only a few chapters in and I was hooked on Eddie "Munster" Adams and the gang of mischievous 12 year olds who ride bikes around their quaint English village....communicate in secret code....with chalk figures (so cool) to disclose the site of their next rendezvous.The fair was supposed to be fun, and it was at first, but turned out to be the beginning of disastrous times, harmful misadventures and deadly accident...
  • Sue
    THE CHALK MAN the psychological suspense debut by author C.J. Tudor, I predict is going to be one of the books for 2018…a brilliant piece of fiction, and the BEST THRILLER book I have read now in 2017! This novel will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking ending. I find it is very difficult to write this review, as I don’t think I could do any of it justice. It is a “Gem” waiting to be discovered! This is a coming of age creepy s...
  • Sarah Joint
    This is one of the best things I can say about a book: I would like to read this one again, and I probably will. I'm not someone who re-reads books often, unless they're classics or part of a much beloved series... so that's saying something. I also read this one in one sitting, and had to remind myself to slow down a little bit to get full enjoyment out of it. I just really wanted to know what was going on! It's been a couple of days since I've ...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars!This novel was the perfect Traveling Sisters Read which I read along with Brenda, Lindsay, Diane, Rita, Susanne and Melisa - which was an excellent choice to read for Halloween!THE CHALK MAN is a debut psychological thriller novel by C. J. TUDOR that is a chilling, suspenseful, gripping, and a spooky good read that had a sinister feel to it which had me flipping those pages as fast as I could to find out who or wha...
  • Kendall
    C.J Tudor has an exceptional style of writing that flows beautifully across the pages! Metaphoric, symbolic, and absolutely brilliant.The Chalk Man is a creepy and unique thriller that will leave you aching for more! Beware of the chalk men. This thriller packs a good spicy punch my fellow GR friends! This novel alternates from 1986 to 2016. The discovery of a body in the woods leads to many unsettling nightmares, visions, and creepy memories for...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2.5 starsIn 1986, Eddie and his 'gang' are typical neighborhood kids. They come up with an idea to leave each other 'codes' in chalk by drawing chalk men to let each other know things but keeping the adults and others out of their business. But someone else discovers their code and leaves chalk drawings that lead the kids to a dismembered body. Told from viewpoints of the 1986 timeline and present day, the story is seen through the eyes of Eddie ...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This is a great thriller!Eddie Munster, Metal Mickey, Fat Gav, Hoppo and Nicky are close friends in 1986, they are twelve years old and go to school together. They come up with a secret code using chalk and use it to communicate messages, calls to action, meetings and other fun things preteens do at that age. Then a murder happens to a beautiful young girl they all know and this event brings repercussions that change everybody's lives after that....
  • Debra
    "And it felt good, to confess."Confession is good for the soul they say...but then again there are characters in this book who would disagree. Who feel the complete opposite. Who believe that well, "'s better not to know all the answers." But we do learn the answers in this psychological/suspense thriller. I'll be entirely honest, when I first began reading this book I thought "what is all the fuss about?" I thought the first cha...