“...I understood how things can change in an instant. All the stuff we take for granted can just be ripped away.”
― C.J. Tudor, The Chalk Man
Overall review. 3.5/5
Synopsis: (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.
My thoughts: Eerie and slightly disturbing.
This book has a lot of elements. It's based in a small English Village and the sentiment of this book is almost immediately eerie. It starts with the discovery of a body in the woods. Then the book goes back and forth between present and past narratives (2016/1986) . As per Eddie everything started falling apart the day of the fair. He says: 'If our world was a snow globe, it was the day some casual god came along , shook it hard and set it back down again.Even when the foam and flakes had settled , things weren't the way they were before." This book hooks you within the first page. For me everything was fine in the beginning,I was hooked and I wanted to know more. However somewhere along the way everything was just too much for me. There were a lot of secrets and a lot of controversy going on in the town. I also wish I would’ve been able to understand all the characters better but there was a looming mystery over almost everyone. I felt like there was way to much going on in the book for me to enjoy it. Don't get me wrong, I love wholesome books with deep characters. However this book just didn’t keep my interest piqued the entire way through which in turn ended with me struggling to finish it.The ending was kind of weird for me as well and I was kind of like hmmm. Of course everyone has different reading styles and I think that’s why this book has many mixed reviews I think you either really like it or you simply don’t. I have been thinking this may be one of those books that needs to be reread in order for you to truly grasp everything that is happening as the story is unraveling. Maybe I will try that but for now I hope you guys enjoyed this review and stay tuned for more reviews this week including my review for The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks. If you are big on bookstagram you have seen this book everywhere, but does it live up to the hype? I’ll let you know in my next blog post.
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