The Sunday Times bestseller. The most chilling book you'll read this year

By C. J. Tudor

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anne hopkins
This book has been so incredibly hyped up, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. To be honest, I’m a little late to the game and I know this review is just going to be thrown into the massive ocean of reviews already out there. I don’t even know how to do this book any justice!

Definitely a Stephen King vibe, MAJORLY. Small town childhood trouble terror that comes back to haunt people well into adult-hood. Sign me up!

This was a twisty, creepy book. Honestly I couldn’t believe just how many twists Tudor crammed into the story. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, nope, takes a different direction. That ending. Holy sh*t.

The Chalk Man was everything I hoped it would be and more, and I absolutely cannot wait for the release of CJ Tudor’s next novel!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rebecca sullivan
What a fun summer I've had -- great read after great read, and The Chalk Man is another. It is, as some have noted, reminiscent of Stephen King's work in The Body and even, to some extent, IT, in its focus on a small gang of middle-school boys (and, of course, one red-haired beauty with daddy problems), living a little town in England in the mid-eighties and in the present. It works wonderfully for the story that unfolds on multiple levels, about (among other things) how the smallest of actions can have unintended, often devastating, consequences. The author also explores secrets, friendship, and loss. On top of all this, the characters are clearly drawn and, in at least one case, unforgettable. So, you're probably thinking, Allan, you're being pretty vague. I know, and you'll thank me. The less you know, the more you'll enjoy this terrific novel.
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gurmeet kaur
a freak accident at a country fair portends a dark and downward spiral for five young friends. The group, a likable bunch of misfits has created a secret code using chalk men. This too is usurped by evil and the chalk figures lead the kids to the gruesome discovery of a murder victim. Narrated by Ed, a lovable loser, the story alternates between contemporary times and the eighties. It is said for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and the devil will have his due. twenty years later one of the group announces his intent to right a book about the murder, claiming he knows the actual killer. Ed and his friends receive a post containing a chalk figure and a stick of chalk. Ed soon realizes dismissing it as a prank is a deadly mistake. Ed must confront the past to win a game played with a murderer.

This is a dark and suspenseful novel. Although the device of the five young friends is reminiscent of Stand By Me and It, it is still fairly effective. The writing is good. though initially it almost seems like a YA novel, the themes are grim. Ed and his cronies deal with bullying, abuse and a prank gone terribly wrong. I did think many of the twists were thrown in solely for the sake of having a twist, it did not diminish my enjoyment of the book. Engrossing and exciting, it is a rewarding read. Well done.
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diem le
*********Thank you First to Read for giving me the opportunity to review this novel.*********

I have never read C.J. Tudor before and I have to say this is a pretty good book. The characters are well-developed, you learn a lot about each one of them and what makes them who they are. There are twists and turns and an ending I didn't see coming. Every character makes you think, is he/she the murderer? I could not figure out who it was until it was revealed. Of course it was the last person I thought it would be. This book has so many twists and turns, murder, suspense, and a little romance. This book is very smooth and easy to read, (minus a few typos in kindle version) as soon as one chapter ended, I was ready to start the next one.

I would recommend to family and friends 18 and over.

Thanks again First to Read
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
leslie nord
Eddie Adams and his friends are just like any typical 12-year-olds growing up in the 80s. They ride bikes, they build forts, and they have run-ins with local bullies. Funny how everything so normal can change so quickly. And that's just what happens when an enigmatic new teacher comes to town and one supposedly fun-filled trip to the fair goes horribly, horribly wrong.
C.J. Tudor takes us on a thrilling ride, deftly transitioning through the past and present to tell the secrets of Eddie's youth that resulted in one dead girl, some mysterious chalk drawings, and one well-planted accusation.
The Chalk Man left me off-kilter and questioning everything at every chapter. Nothing was quite what it seemed to be. It is a great whodunnit. I say that because anytime I read a book and I waffle three or more times over who the ultimate bad guy is, I consider that a triumph.
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julia vaughn
In 1986, a group of pre-adolescent boys are following clues to find a dead body. I'm picturing Stand By Me (fyi, one of my favorite movies). You also got the big brother bullying his little brother and his friends.

The chapters alternates between 1986 and 2016. Nostalgia at its best. Riding bikes, laying in the grass being lazy, bbq birthday party, carnivals, secret hideouts and secret codes.

The book was well-written, had a full cast of great characters and the author did a great job with the storytelling. But at times I felt it was a bit slow. It even had a Stephen King vibe to me with the dream sequences. I look forward to reading more from this new author.

I would like to thank NetGalley, Crown Publishing and C. J. Tudor for a copy of "The Chalk Man" in exchange for an honest review.
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cara sutra
I loved the 80’s feel to the book with the boys riding around on bikes in a small town, avoiding the bullies. At first it was also reminding me of Stephen King’s It with some of the graphic violence and horror and some of the characters had similar traits. But then it became its own story as the plot focused on the group of boys splitting up and going their own way and the murderers and other strange events leading up to it. It kept me guessing about who the murderer was and the ending did surprise me. Definitely a must-read for any thriller and psychological suspense junkies.

I gave this 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and the store.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I was aware of a lot of hype about this book from those lucky enough to get advance copies (sadly I wasn't one of them) but I did pre-order the book out of some the store vouchers that I received at Christmas and was delighted when the book arrived on my Kindle at just after midnight on 11th January!

I can honestly say that I loved the book!! The whole story was great, I loved the flashbacks to the 1980s and the characters were great - it is a really excellent debut and a book that is definitely going to be one of my top reads for January (now doing a top reads list every month as I read so many!).

Having read the book I know what the hype is about and it is definitely warranted in my view - no hesitation in giving the book 5 stars - a compelling psychological suspense thriller - absolutely LOVED it!!
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vincent atd
5⭐️— The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor

Thank you to Netgalley, Crown Books, and the author for an advanced copy of The Chalk Man.

The Chalk Man surrounds Eddie and his childhood friends. The boys found a dead body when they were younger, who was killed by the supposed Chalk Man. Years later one of Eddie’s friends, Mickey comes back, after they all received a letter with a chalk figure drawn on it. From there we are told Eddie’s story in alternating time— the present and 1986.

This book kept me guessing about everything! Every time I thought I knew something I had no clue. Tudor does a great job with the plot. It never gets outlandish and it is quite the page turner. I don’t want to say too much because of the chance of a spoiler. But if are a fan of suspense books, I highly recommend The Chalk Man.
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robin marie
The Chalk Man focuses on a group of friends in their early teens, jumping back and forth between their formative years and their adult lives to figure out exactly what happened all those years ago. Without giving away too much, the Chalk Man has resurfaced, and only by examining the past can they solve the gruesome murder impacting their lives now.

Tudor has created a solid contemporary thriller, with characters you can really relate to and a plot that pulls you along for the ride. It feels a little like Stephen King's Stand By Me got a modern revisit set in a small English village.

Decidedly dark, with oodles of suspense, The Chalk Man is full of twists, thrills and horror in a tautly-paced tale that deals out secrets and lies in a steady stream. If you are a fan of the thriller that has a little bit of creepy ick factor, you will dig this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
CJ Tudor did am admirable job on her debut mystery novel. The Chalk Man was a complex mystery with a dual timeline, one from 1986 when the characters were in their early teens and the other 30 years later in 2016. The novel is set in suburban England, where a group of young teens consisting of four boys and a girl set up a system of communication using chalk figures with different colors representing each child. There is a rather gruesome accident on an amusement park ride which catapults the group into a 30 year mystery, involving ominous chalk figures which none on the group claims as their own. The story is told in first person by Eddie, the main character, and the author offers relatable dialogue with believable characters. The mystery unfolds flawlessly leaving me somewhat shocked at the conclusion. Job well done......and a Must Read for 2018.
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I spent most of this book wondering what the heck was wrong with this town! There is so much insanity and many deaths or serious injuries and just about everyone in town was suspicious. The characters were well developed and interesting, although most of them were far from likeable. I really liked how it alternated between 1986 and 2016. It gave a great look at the characters as children and as adults, which allowed the reader to see how the events of 1986 affected them. I was shocked multiple times throughout this book when the reader learns about what happened during each of the deaths and assaults that happen in this little town. I was definitely sucked in and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.

Thanks to Penguin’s First to Read program for an advanced copy of this book.
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katie mercer
A superlative mystery. An author I had not read before and C.J. Tudor did not disappoint. The story is well written the mystery gripping from beginning to end and the mystery of The Chalk Man is unveiled to surprise and "oh my...why didn't I see that" inner dialogue!!

The book is about a group of adolescent friends and sweeps back and forth through time effortlessly without ever leaving you disoriented or not quite knowing where you are. The characters are well drawn and you care about them and the mystery they confront. The mystery itself is really well done and right up to the end I was guessing! I don't describe plots beyond outlines because why do you buy a book if you don't get the joy of discovery reading it???

I liked it a lot. Tudor is now on my list of authors to seek out.

I give it Five Stars Easy!
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brandon keck
This was a book that was hard to put down. It starts off gory and a bit shocking and doesn't let up too much. Told in alternating chapters our narrator, Eddie, takes us from present day events (2016) back to his childhood in 1986. Is the Eddie reliable? Telling the truth? You'll have to read to find out.

There are a lot of questions that came up while I was reading. Who is the girl who is killed? Who killed Eddie's friend? Who drew all of the (creepy) chalk men? Everything is answered eventually, but there is a twist revealed at the end that may not be totally surprising to every reader.

I enjoyed this story while I read it, but it's not one that will stick with me for a long time. This is a debut novel from CJ Tudor, and I hope to see what other books she produces.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor is a strikingly original, stunning, entrancing example of postmodern literary fiction at its very best—literary fiction that is accessible and enjoyable to all readers, not just to the literati. The Chalk Man is much more than a mystery; it examines intertwined themes as seen through the eyes of a first-person narrator. It is a highly focused view into the mind of a likable, quirky, protagonist. The text reflects and questions values and the nature of reality, suggesting the possibility that there may be no absolute truth.

The story is set in a small town in Great Britain. Tudor includes enough regionalization to set the stage, to create a sense of place; however, she wisely keeps it to a minimum, thus allowing the setting to morph into any town for any reader, allowing all to feel at home in Anderbury.

The main character is Ed, a twelve-year-old boy/forty-two-year-old bachelor who defines himself as a “collector,” a quirky proclivity that follows him throughout his life. Ed’s thoughts and fears reflect and examine universal concerns and fears that will resonate in the minds of most readers. He is a good boy who loves his flawed family. He analyzes everything and makes questionable decisions that burrow deep and haunt him with guilt. His parents are an odd couple. His mother is a doctor who works at an abortion clinic, and his father is a freelance writer and pseudo hippy. Ed has three close friends, each representing distinct archetypal personalities. Of course, there is a pretty red-haired girl. Their lives are forever altered when they find the body parts of a young woman in the woods. Her missing head is a symbol of unanswered questions, an undercurrent that ripples throughout the entire novel.
Never assume. Question everything. Always look beyond the obvious. C.J. Tudor CLICK TO TWEET

The plot is non-linear, extremely complex and rich with numerous, unpredictable twists and turns. Readers must pay attention to every line because Tudor surreptitiously buries meaningful clues, red herrings, and reading instructions in the text. They resurrect when least expected and haunt the subconscious. Tudor skillfully leads readers back and forth between 1986 and 2016, enabling them to compare everyday children of the eighties to what they become thirty years later. It is very interesting that Tudor switches tense along with the era. When in 1986, Ed speaks in the past tense, then when the text jumps to 2016, he speaks in the present tense. This style is a bit disconcerting at first, but makes total sense once one catches on to its significance. Everything is seen through the fractured lens of Ed’s mind. The pacing is full speed and further reading is guaranteed by organic end-of-chapter hooks. Every scene is well planned and meaningful. Readers will be so entranced by the plot that they will be driven to keep reading, then end up being sorry when it’s over.

Tudor’s literary abilities are admirable. She is a master of dialogue and seldom needs tags because actions identify speakers. Each character speaks with an authentic, unique voice. A hypnotic, foreboding mood taints the narrative from start to finish. Evocative visuals and meaningful metaphors enhance the atmosphere. The title is the first of many ambiguities that will taunt readers and draw them deeper into the text, searching for answers from page one on to the shocking finale.

C. J. Tudor has created a tale of important insights that unearth and examine universal fears and issues such as secrets, obsession, abortion, family dynamics, sin, guilt, revenge, abuse, murder, mystery, health, identity, joy, terror–issues that all face. This wide range of topics guarantees that any and all readers will devour The Chalk Man with relish. As with Blake’s grain of sand, here is the universe. This read is highly recommended.
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jessica bosma
The Chalk Man is a wonderful mystery/suspense novel. This is the author's first effort and that makes the book even more memorable. The characters were delineated nicely and the plot kept me guessing until the end. The book never dragged and I was immediately enthralled with the setting.
The title stems from when Ed, our main character used chalk drawings to communicate with his friends about a murdered kid from when they were growing up. Ed receives a drawing and some chalk in the mail and this motivates Ed to figure out who murdered the boy and why.
The tone is charming and evocative of another time, when perhaps we were all safer and when life was easier.
I liked this a lot and highly recommend that you buy and read it as soon as you can.
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roma klyukin
I read books back to back, and have read quite a few good ones lately. Based on the reviews I picked this one. It's an okay read. Not really thrilling, and definitely not scary. I wish I had liked the charators a little more, there really was no one that I cared for in this story. It's a little depressing, and I guessed the ending way ahead of the end. I can't understand how this book got so many five star reviews, other than people don't really read thriller books and just think this is one.
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Wow!! There are far more expletives I could use to describe how much I loved this book but let's just say it has become one of the best books that I have read this year (and I read a LOT). As a reader my first love was horror and this book encapsulates a lot of this genre even though it is classed as a thriller. A gruesome murder (or two...), mysterious chalk men drawn at crime scenes and the walking, talking dead appearing in your dreams - what's not to love! I raced through this book in a few hours and risked travel sickness reading on the bus as I could not put it down.

Dark, gruesome and packed full of that creeping horror feeling that will give you goosebumps. I will be buying multiple copies to spread the book love (hysteria)!
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martin purvins
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read the Chalk Men. This story line goes back and forth in time with the central character who is 42 years old. He tells the story of when he was 12 years old and witnesses a terrible accident of a young girl. This incident is engrained in his memory and marks a turning point as a young man.
At first I thought this was a supernatural plot, but as the story unravels the reader sees the young man struggles with the past and how decisions ,made in the past impact many things including murder and deceit that are happening in his current life.
There are alot of characters and I found some of that confusing and not critical to the story line. But overall this is a good book. 3 stars.
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tammy siegel
Loved this debut thriller mainly because it was so unpredictable! Unlike most, somewhere near the end you may think you have things figured out, but certainly not this one! Going back and forth in time from 1986 to 2016, we see Eddie and his friends just being kids, going to the park, riding bikes, and yikes...finding a headless body! But there is much more to this mystery than just who killed her and why. Delving into the town's (and society's) issues, Tudor explores the timeless themes of sin, redemption, betrayal, deception, guilt, and fear. It's not until the final page that you can truly breathe a sigh of relief that the mysteries are solved. Might keep you up till all hours of the night! So good!
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laura lupei
There was something so familiar about the description of the summer of 1986 here with the group of kids going everywhere on their bikes and with each of them having a nickname. However this is not a cosy, nostalgic look at young Eddie’s life and there are several dark topics included. Like many other reviewers it did bring to my mind the movie Stand by Me, which I would suggest is a compliment. There is a great cast of characters and it was interesting to chart the changes in them between 1986 and 2016.
There is a great feel to the narrative which I think would work really well as an audiobook.
I received a copy of The Chalk Man via NetGalley and my thanks to Michael Joseph for that.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
drew giffin
The Chalk Man is a gripping debut psychological thriller by C.J. Tudor.
This story is told from the perspective of Eddie Adams. Told with alternating chapters of two time periods; 1986 when Eddie is 12 years old and he and his friends discover the body of a teen girl in the woods and 2016 when as adults the mysteries they faced as kids come back to haunt them.
Reminiscent of Stephen King's writing, especially IT, Tudor has a proficient hand when dealing with childhood.

Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing Group for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jana allingham
I couldn’t put it down! I listened to the audiobook as that’s pretty much the only way I get any reading done—on my long drive to and from work. This normally accounts for an hour or two per day of reading but I found myself listening on my lunch break, and every other spare moment.

I will say, I had my doubts at first. There was one passage where the kids were being kids and some bullies came up to them and it was practically a mirror of the scene out of Stephen King’s IT. But I stuck with it and before long those parallels disappeared and it grew into its own story. After all what group of kids didn’t build a fort in the woods and get into a rock fight with bullies? (Well, for me it was fist fights but you get what I mean.)

The book kept me guessing the whole time—which is rare for a mystery. I had parts of it figured out but other parts I didn’t—which is great. I was hoping for a different ending, but the ending that was given made more sense than the one I was rooting for—cue my feigned wounded pride.

One of my favorite books I’ve read in 2018. As a book collector—not to be confused with the type of collector in The Chalk Man (read and you’ll get then reference)—I’ll be grabbing the physical copy to add to my book shelf!!

Read this book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This was an excellent book that had me guessing throughout. At one point, maybe twice, I had reason to point a finger at all the boys involved in the book. I just kept going back and forth. It was crazy!

The author did a great job including into this book, suspense; intrigue; much creepiness with a huge thrill factor. It reminded me of "Stand by Me" (the movie) where adolescent boys are trying to grow up and be boys when a murder rocks their town.

Utterly mesmerizing and unputdownable!

Thanks to Crown Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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paul dunn
What a fine mystery and what a fine piece of writing! About one half the chapters of this book deals with events when the narrator was twelve years old, but folded between these chapters are chapters in which the same narrator is thirty years older and both his voices ring true. Also the mystery rings true.

I found only one major problem reading this book: if I put it down for an extended period, I found it hard to remember all that I had read before when I picked it up again. Some seemingly small events had slipped from memory, and these I later found were keys to the mystery's solution. If I could have read it one gulp, I would have had no problem..
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
In The Chalk Man, we follow Edie and his friends during two points in his life. His past and during the now.

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English Village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get, as every little kid does. The chalk man are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be 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 his other friends got the same messages, 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…

First of all, I want to thank Penguin or granting me a review copy! I got so excited when I saw that I could read and review this book!

So yeah, this book is actually on my anticipated reads 2018 list. Which means I’m very hyped about this book! Which also means, that most of the time, those books disappoint me. So, did this book ended up being a huge disappointment?

I loved that we had a story that was both relevant in the past and in the now. That tells you the importance of the stuff that has happened in the past, and how you need to pay attention to everything that happened when Eddie was a child, and when he is a grown-up.

The book kept me in the dark with everything until the last page, which is so amazing! Things were so mysterious and it kept me craving for more, even after the book ended!

The whole book was such a mind blowing thing! It left me on the edge my seat with my mouth wide open in disbelieve! And I am so serious about it keeping me on the edge on my seat, I literally finished the book in less than 24 hours. Because I couldn’t stop reading!

It was practically impossible to stop reading! The book was so freaking addictive!

I’ve read that this book probably will be the next global thriller sensation. But I can leave the ‘probably’ out. This book is so freaking amazing! I cannot wait to get my hands on a physical copy and re-read it with the knowledge I’ve gained!
This book is so amazing, and I so recommend you this book! If you’re in to thrillers, it is a crime to not read this book!

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars!
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elizabeth tedford
Started reading this blind not knowing anything about the plot except that The Chalk Man was a creepy title. This book did not disappoint. I was left mouth agape from the start. Tudor weaves a fine tale with murder, intrigue, and mystery.

Told in two parts, one in 1986 and one in 2016 the story follows Eddie as both a 12 year old and a 42 year old. There are multiple mysteries included.

. The book was an easy read though uncomfortable in parts. Overall I found the story and ending a very satisfying read. The subtleties included really made the story here.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
I found this to be a fun read, with a host of eerie characters, a quirky setting, and an intriguing plot. I enjoyed reading it, although it is not one of the best thrillers I’ve read (imho). I seem to be in the minority, considering this good, but not great. It could be because I was interrupted several times during the read and struggled to remember details when I returned to it. I do plan to read more from this author as I believe it to be a very promising debut. I recommend reading it and making your own decision.

Note: I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Wow. This book was awesome!!!! Loved how it was told from the charecters from childhood to present. From the gruesome openeing to the last page, this book grabs and does not let go. Friends are at a fair and something happens. And the book takes off from there. There are a lot of twists that I did not see cominjg. The book builds up to the climax and is neatly tied up. If you are looking for a book that will keep you saying "one more page/chapter, this is the book for you. Kudos to the author!!! Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.
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jessica franco
This book was very engaging and kept me guessing until the end so I liked it in that regard, but where it lost me was with the characters. I just didn't care about them. Even though Eddie is the one telling the story, there was nothing about him that made me want to get to know him better. He's a good unreliable narrator though, which is the whole point.

Overall, it was a quick and entertaining read and while I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted, I still liked it enough to want to figure out the ending.

Thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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For me, The Chalk Man absolutely lived up to every bit of the hype surrounding it. I'm still shocked that this is a debut novel! Tudor captures perfectly the tangles of adolescent friendships, and just how easily those tangles can become knots. Twisted, gnarled, and binding.

The characters feel both relatable and unique. You can certainly feel influence from many great coming-of-age novels, as well as thrillers from across decades.

The plot feels like sifting through a pile of autumn leaves, certain that what you seek is at the bottom. Only to reach the bottom and find dead grass and dirt. Leaving you to move on to the next pile.

She effortlessly twists the path, leading the reader in one direction only to whip the trail and send you hurtling into another.

Lies, distrust, small-town secrets, and murder. Everything you could possibly want from a novel of this nature.
I had so much fun with this read, and I absolutely cannot wait for more work from this amazing author!
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brendan losch
THE CHALK MAN is a good book. But it has been overly praised. You will enjoy the book more if you don't let all of the five-star reviews set your expectations too high.

Probably it's the end of THE CHALK MAN that grabs so many great reviews. Although the reader knows already that a certain character is flawed, the ending italicizes and boldfaces "flawed."

I thought this end was funny, though. I know the author did not intend this reaction. But see if you don't agree with me.

I won this book through
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maria ella
"What have I become
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end"

A well written, dark, disturbing, depressing, hopeless pile of stinking buckaroo.
Not only was Eddie's family dysfunctional but the whole quaint town of Anderbury England was dysfunctional. Not a sane soul in town.

Stephen King's 'Stand By Me' meets The Slender Man.
That's what this book reminded me of.
Not your traditional whodunnit mystery novel. A good read for a first time author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jenn davis
I really liked this book. Well written, excellent character development, intriguing, I read it in two sittings as I didn’t want to put it down. The author’s wry humor and astute observations of life were a joy to read. Moving and and forth between past and present was a successful device in the unfolding of the story. And the final ending…WOW!

I don’t often rate a book five stars, but this one deserved it. This should be one of the first books you read in the new year.
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reptillian kujawa
The Chalk Man was one of those books that I kept hearing about from everyone. When I was given the opportunity to read it, I was so excited. Unfortunately, for me, the book did not live up to its hype. The story felt quite slow to me, I had a hard time getting into it since it just seemed to drag along. I just never felt like the writing lived up to the premise.
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Absolutely loved this book! It was not what I expected and kept me guessing. I read it in two days. I simply could not put it down. I don't want to give away the end because the twist caught me completely off guard. Very shocking though in the back of my mind, I kind of thought that was the path the book was taking, though I kept second guessing myself in thinking that couldn't happen.

Get this book! It's fast paced and excellent! Great debut novel by CJ Tudor. I got it through Book of the Month before it was officially released.
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johanna decourcy
Tudor weaves an interesting tale (or sets of tales) that has many twists. Flashing between the past and the present to tell the story works well as a story telling device.

I thought it might be a good read for Halloween. It certainly is creepy. It feels like a walking into a murder mystery in an insane asylum. Basically nobody in the book is "clean" or "sane."

Nothing in the book is in touch with sanity. Characters or story.

I have to say, the ending will...
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Aside from some moments of gore I found the scare level to be borderline tame for the most part. The story is told through alternating timelines, chapter by chapter, between 1986 where the cast of characters are pre-teens and in 2016 where their adult lives play out. The narrative gets off to a very slow start and you'll have to plow through the first quarter of the volume before you get a basic idea of whats going on. Not worth the effort in my opinion.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jamie searcy
I really got into this story right from the start. The tension holds through out the whole novel and the finish is a surprise unless you have really been paying attention. I am a fast reader and it only took me a day and a half to read. I was edging in the right direction with the ending but not completely there. The disruption of a child's life still echoes into the adults life showing that trauma may lessen but does not go away. I plan to keep an eye out for further stories by this author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
beth shields szostak
I won a advanced reader's copy of The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor in a Goodreads Giveaway. This book is a addictive thriller. A little reminiscent of Stand By Me, the story goes back and forth between 1986 and 2016. The story follows a group of twelve year old friends and is told by one of them as an adult. Very well written, full of suspense and mystery. I didn't want to put this book down. I look forward to more stories by this author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jane dmochowski
Awesome book. Keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. A warning though, this author is very descriptive in such a way that you can see the thingshes describing unfolding in front of you. Most of which are unpleasant, graphic images, which goes along with the story line. There is gore, but he does it in such a way that it doesn’t become too much and blends in. It’ll keep you guessing until the end. Highly recommend
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sheri wallace
The Chalk Man is an excellent character-driven mystery that kept me turning the pages. The story is told in a dual-timeline format, and I enjoyed reading both timelines. I am a little skittish about horror, but I had heard such good things about this novel that I decided to just go for it and read it. Fortunately, it was not too graphic for me. I would say it is more "horror-lite." A great pick for mystery fans.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rishi joshi
I started this book on my phone while waiting for someone. I then tried to read the book I was reading previously but I just couldn't stop thinking about the chalk man, so had to go back to it and finish it. The story sucked me in and kept me there. It had lots of sub plots that all linked in to the main story and added extra dimensions. For me, everything was tied off nicely ... with a few surprises!!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
nimish batra
It's JUST okay. I was super excited to read this book. I have recently gotten into reading thrillers. I was a bit disappointed, however. I figured out most of it about half way through. There were some gory parts, and some of the issues, I felt, got resolved with quick easy answers. I did not like the negative view about God. I also did not like the ending. I was hoping that there would be some surprise ending or something, but it was just blah and odd. I don't think that I would recommend this to a friend. Much better books out there.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
patricia hong
I received this from in exchange for a review.

1986, Eddie and his friends are 12 yrs old. A girl they all knew is killed, chopped to pieces and left in the woods. 2016, Eddie is haunted by what happened and now they are receiving messages from The Chalk Man.

Overall, the book was interesting and the mystery had a decent twist at the end. I can see Colin Farrell playing the lead, lol.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
siavash nazerfasihi
4.5, very close to 5 stars but couldn't quite reach it. Despite the threatening title and sick opening pages, this is not a heart-pounding thriller, but a drawn out creeper of a story.

The good: Beautiful writing, personal characters, nostalgic quality of Stand By Me, or It (without Pennywise). Lots of tension, mystery, and intrigue.
The okay: Pace was a little slow with a lot of wistful pondering in the adult chapters. Some loose ends and plot holes that were pointed out by the MC. Nightmares and foreshadowing became overkill.

Definitely worth the read but don't overhype it to yourself
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
debbi gurley
This was a very creepy, suspenseful story. It was well written, however I was a little underwhelmed at the revelation of the killer. I feel like I called it, but I just wasn't sure *how*

The very end really threw me...It was a "stay up until 1am gasping and waking everyone up" kind of ending. love it when an author can throw me for a loop like that.

Overall, a solid read, and I would recommend to lovers of horror, thrillers and suspense.

Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
aida dietz
Wowzers this book wasn’t good it was flipping amazing . It’s been a while since a book has totally sucked me in like this one did. A fantastic suspense thriller with brilliant characters and a super story line . The book alternates between two time frames 1986 and 2016. It’s not confusing and the author has written which I think will be one of the top suspense thrillers of 2018.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I was hooked from the opening paragraph and couldn't put it down. Excellent character development, plot and gripping story line. It bounced back and forth between 1986 and 2016, and focused on the main character's life during those two years. Very good story of a gang of 12 year old kids who experience some trauma along the way. As with real life, the kids grew apart. The unsolved mystery (no giveways) brought them back together in 2016. It was easy to keep up, despite the bounces back and forth. I loved the story. It was drama with a good mystery lumped in. Excellent read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Fast-paced with a plot containing numerous twists, this novel really grabbed my attention at the outset and kept my interest throughout. But plot alone doesn’t make a great read, characters do. The characters were well-developed, believable, and interesting. I literally couldn’t put this book down. An excellent first novel. I’ll be looking eagerly for this author’s next novel.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kaajal shah
All around, a wonderful book! Everything was just perfect; the writing style, the organization of the chapters and storyline, the characters... I would highly recommend this one to fans of mysteries with a heavy dose of thriller, sprinkled with some dark elements.

This is definitely a book that I will be re-reading time and time again!

Bravo, C.J. Tudor!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
maureen hanlon
Outstanding debut novel by C.J. Tudor, absolutely an author to watch! This book is creepy, terrifying, and filled with great twists and turns that in-the-end, all fit and make sense. Narration by Euan Morton is excellent, I immediately added him to my list of favorites.
Start to finish, I loved The Chalk Man!!! Highly Recommended!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
noura higo
A simmering suspense novel about a group of childhood friends who devise chalked symbols to communicate with each other, but when those same chalked symbols are high-jacked by a murderer, their lives are changed forever. The friends are reunited as adults when events from the past seem to repeat themselves in unfathomable ways.

Superb thriller.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
What a treat this read a well-written, creepy thriller. This totally reminded me of the old Stephen King books--an innocent boy's game of chalk drawings become sinister signs of murder. Well-drawn characters, a well-thought out plot with plenty of surprising twists, and just enough info each chapter to keep you reading on. Great book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shahid azad
THE CHALK MAN is a captivating thriller. With diverse characters, an interesting plot, and plenty of twists and turns, the story grabbed my attention from the very beginning and didn't let go until the final, surprising end. A worthy read for suspense fans.

Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ingrid erwin
A real page turner. Very fast read and book just don't let you go. The plot twists kept me guessing, but oddly enough I did figure out the killer. And was quite pleased to see I was right. What I didn't see was the ahem...the right victim. And the certain secrets. Nevertheless, it was a terrific read and hgihly recommended.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
david holtzclaw
I love suspenseful books, especially when you don't figure out the ending. I didn't figure out the ending of this book but there were too many twists and turns for me. I also found jumping back and forth in time to be confusing and tiresome. The characters weren't especially likable. I think the author tries too hard to keep the reader guessing.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
joseph schneider
A wonderful original storyline that will keep you guessing until the very end. Utterly twisted and unsettling but very compelling. This is going to be THE debut of the year. I can feel it in me bones!

Many thanks to Netgalley who provided me with this ARC. I chose to read it and give a voluntary and unbiased review.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
The first quarter seemed like a weird revival of IT - a group of preteen boys with a misunderstood female companion living in a town where mysterious events occur. The story improved halfway through, but I just couldn't connect with any of the characters and the ending left something to be desired.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
lisa weingarth
the story had some characters that were interesting but the story fell short. Characters were not well developed, and not very easy to identify with. There were all too many characters and between them and going back and forth in time, I became frustrated. Did not finish the book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
b november
As mysteries go, this one kept me guessing and turning pages late into the night. Lots of twists and turns. However, the author's very blatant anti-religion bias did raise my hackles more than a few times, particularly in how she described pro-lifers. The characters are interesting, but I can't say I'd want any of them as a friend. The worldview they expressed was very bleak. Nonetheless, a good and creepy mystery if you're in the mood for something dark.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
barry levy
This was a different approach to the suspense/thrillers I like, where the narrator alternated between his ages of twelve to forty-two throughout the novel, trying to come to grips with murder, violence, friendships, betrayal, and his own "warts" and misgivings.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Started this morning and could not stop picking it back up all day. A very addicting mystery with a lot of surprises. Loved how the story alternated between the characters as kids and now as adults. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Well worth the read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Exciting read! It's been awhile since a book was almost impossible for me to put down. Great pacing and story. I refuse to ruin anything by giving details but this felt like more than a typical thriller right away. It just draws you in. I really enjoyed the style and characters. I'm very happy I chose this book.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
heard a lot of great things about this book so i decided to pick it up from the library and I have to admit I feel a little let down by it. It wasn't all that exciting and the end fell flat as well. It has all the makings of a good book, it just didn't meet expectations.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alejandro such
This book had so much going on, it was something else!! I literally couldn't put it down and read it in one day.

I loved it, especially the ending which tied everything up.

I can't wait for the author to write a new book, hopefully in the very near future!!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
preston motes jr
Easy read, entertaining, but not a great book -- just OK. The story was plausible enough, but I didn't care for the cliffhanger endings right before a time shift. The entire structure was just a little too forced for me. Certainly not a bad book, but not great.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
omar salah
This story was full of arresting twists and turns and some eye-catching graphic (sometimes TOO graphic) descriptions. It goes back and forth, in flashback mode, which I didn't like at all. I stuck with it because the author had me caring about the characters and wanting to know what was going to happen to them, but I won't read it again
and I'm not likely to recommend it. I know there are people out there who really like that flashback style of writing and, for them, this would be an excellent read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This really was one of the best books I’ve read in quite awhile. The story keeps a steady pace and the transitions from adult to childhood tie in beautifully to create a moving storyline to a suspenseful and surprise ending. Don’t pass this one up!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
"The Chalk Man" tells the story of Ed Adams and three childhood friends, alternating the time frame from 1986 to 2016. While I found the story riveting and mysterious and read quite quickly to the end, the story also is quite "creepy"!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is my “published in 2018” book for the Bibliophage Book Bingo. The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor. It was so good I read it in one night. It’s a crime novel that keeps you guessing and surprises you even at the end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
The story, when all was said and done, was kind of bland. The big thing it was lacking was tension. The story is good, but just didn't really keep me on the edge of my seat at all. Outside of the scene with the Waltzer Girl early in the story, the story never really gripped me. I liken it to the movie adaptation of IT. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't really memorable, either.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Suspenseful, unpredictable, interesting and captivating! Love the characters. Keeps you guessing and speculating the whole way through. It didn’t take me long to read - started yesterday, finished today. Great read!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
kristen howze
This story started with promise - kids adventures and becoming adults. Unfortunately it was filled with unlikeable characters. The main character is a hopeless, faithless, dysfunctional kleptomaniac. The others are nasty, mental or just sadly broken individuals. I wouldn’t read anything else by this author. I enjoy a good murder/suspense novel, but this wasn’t it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
david green
This book wraps up all things suspense and thriller. You have life long friends and a secret. What could go wrong?? :) This book will have you on the edge of your seat from the beginning. Lots of twists and turns that I loved. I received this ARC copy in return for an honest review. So honestly. YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!! One of the best I have read. Can't wait to read more from C.J. Tudor.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jake wolfson
Very nice plot and build up moving between the past and present. The group of friends deal with many things as kids and adults. Lives change. People change. Great writing.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
marc sparky
Once in a generation, a book comes along that completely changes the game! It's so unique, fresh and intriguing that you can't help but fall in love with it. Well... this piece of shit is not that book.

I went into The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor with extremely high expectations. There was so much hype and positive reviews floating around that I was confident I was in for one of my favorite reads of the year. Instead, I got a sloppy and disturbing novel that made as much sense as a sardine and jelly sandwich. While most of the book focused on heavy subject matter (murder, Alzheimer's and baby pig fetuses), it was nice when lighter topics came up - like sexual assault and abortion </sarcasm>. Just when I thought we had hit rock bottom and this novel couldn't possibly get any worse, C.J. Tudor said "Here, hold my beer" and proved me wrong. Saying the ending was bizarre and nonsensical would be the understatement of the year. I think I would've preferred the main character riding off into an Enchanted Forest on Dixie, the magical unicorn, blowing bubbles made from angel tears.

So, dear reader, if you were planning on purchasing this novel, I'd like to give you a few alternative options:
1) Invest in the hardback version of this book so you have something to burn afterwords
2) Walk to your nearest bathroom, crumple that money up into a ball and flush it down the toilet
3) Send me the cash - I have a book buying addiction and every little bit helps!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
anita golzar
Way too much effort to follow given the lame ending. Book has a very uneven, forced, choppy flow.
Read something else if you have a choice.
3 stars only because it’s authors first publication.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
I felt that this book was just really slow for me. I wanted to love it so much, but just struggled and struggled to complete it, and then when I did, I was left feeling disappointed by the ending.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
clairine runtung
So there was a lot going on in this book and it wraps up nicely but morbidly. I really liked it and it kept me fully engaged. I saw some things coming and some surprised me. I love how it truly shows actions causing consequences
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
raina lie
This was a wonderfully written suspense novel. The twists and turns were spellbinding! The author was able to put you in the mind of Ed and somehow make you try to debunk his theories, all the time trying to formulate theories of your own to untie the twisted knots of the well woven plot. Thoroughly tempted to try this read again just for fun!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sally koetsveld
This book was delightful with twists and turns. People have skeletons in their closets that they hide. Sooner rather than later, those remains reveal themselves.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Wow! I liked this book a lot more than I expected. In this day and age it is hard to find any type of story that is unpredictable. You did a very nice job.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
The author did a pretty good job using constant flashbacks to the past. The book had too many twists and turns for credibility, however. Creepy ending, left the reader wondering.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I liked this novel, particularly the way it was told in two timelines, one from a child's perspective and another from the adult's. Would make a good movie.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lamis kaied
This book was amazing! The characters were well written, the story was intense. I was reminded of Stephen King's early work, which made me like it, even more. C.J. Tudor has a fan for life!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
mary schuh
I thought this book was pretty good, although a bit different than I expected. I would be her to read more books by this author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
caitlynne picache
Having just finished a long hard 600 page slog of some serious literature, this was an exciting zip line read.
Loved and even snickered at the end bit.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This book will keep you guessing until the end. 4 childhood friends....very reminiscent of Stephen King. I truly enjoyed it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Fun and fast read! Simple writing and a bit of fluff though- too many ramblings. The ending was not believable but very interesting. It ended up being a rather creepy book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
anna keating
Good plot twists. Reminded me some of Stephen King 's "It" with the story bouncing between the children and adults. I did enjoy this read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Fans of Stephen King would enjoy this debut novel by CJ Tudor. Nostalgic 80’s and creepy chalk men make it a great choice for any fan of a good thriller.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
katie manning
I am usually better about picking up on clues, but there were some awesome twists. I enjoyed this book. The author is good at creating a picture and following along on 2 timelines can be a mess of you aren't careful. However, C.J. Does it very well.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
melinda parker
The best book I've read in a long long time. Cannot wait for her next book The Taking of Annie Thorne.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
yolanda williams
C.J. Tudor did an awesome job in this coming of age psychological thriller. It was told from the perspective of thirty years in the past and the current day. This concept lead to utterly entertaining and suspenseful moments. A plot full of twists and turns with chakra that were well developed and credible. A great read from start to finish.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
shannon anderson
This was a decent book. It kept my interest. I would certainly recommend it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I couldn’t put it down. I had to know how it ended. I recommend to anyone who loves a good suspense novel.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
imola kadar
I had high hopes for this book. I gave it 2 stars because I think the author writes well enough. This book was more predictable than a lifetime movie.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 stars for this delicious mix of Psychological Suspense & Horror. The author’s debut is amazing.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
amy grossman
A very impressive first novel from Tudor, will be reading more from her in the future.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I enjoyed this book. Thought it was worth the read and very well written for debut. I thought it was a good storyline and had good creepiness.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This book had me guessing until the very end. I never thought it would turn the way it did. Suspenful to the very end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. It is one of the best that I have read this year. I loved that it went back 30 years every other chapter or so to give you the back story of how the characters got to where they were. Great job CJ Tudor! I will definitely read more of your books in the future.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Good read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
margo iserson
Satisfyingly creepy suspense tale
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
travis willmann
I really loved a lot of things about this book and I highly recommend reading it for yourself. Personally, I crave high suspense and drama which was there, I just felt there could have been more.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Would have been 5 star if not for that
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Read this on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Some parts felt too familiar, but otherwise entertaining.
I guess I need more words for the review to submit. Here they are.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Extremely great read
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ben messer
Chalk figures, Stalking horse - good read
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
A few holes in the plot, but I couldn’t put it down. Very intriguing storyline and well-developed characters. Fans of psychological thrillers will enjoy this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Gosh! This is a good read! The perfect balance between wanting to know what happens, savouring the excellent writing and not wanting it to end. I loved it! A creepy thriller/murder mystery with interesting characters, lots of twists and turns and a satisfying and surprising ending. Fabulous!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
julie balazs
I liked it. It is written by someone who knows how to write. So many books I've started to read but return because they read like they were written by a fifth grader.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
brittney smith
Advanced word named this one of the top thrillers to read in 2018. It seemed to be marketed as your standard serial killer novel but THE CHALK MAN read more like a literary thriller with fully developed characters seen at two different stages of life.

Thrillers do not need to be filled with gore or fantastic kills to entertain and THE CHALK MAN proves that. The novel begins with a group of young British kids in 1986 who bicycle around their small town leaving each other messages written on the ground in chalk. Their world is forever changed when someone using their chalk man message system uses it to lead them to a dead body.

We jump forward to 2016 where the main character, a now mature Eddie, receives a letter in the mail featuring a single chalk figure. When one of Eddie's childhood friends ends up dead you realize someone is playing a lengthy and extremely dangerous game. The adult part of the novel and the ending left me a little bit empty. I far preferred the characters in their youth. In that manner, C.J. Tudor holds his own with authors like Stephen King and Dan Simmons who excel at depicting children in horrific circumstances.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
It was an ok book. All of the good stuff was at the end....the story built of slowly and then just bam this is what happened in the last couple chapters.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
richie keogh
Interesting thriller with a lot of back and forth flashbacks in regard to timelines. Surprising twist at the end that got me all chalked up!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
greg savage
I had told my best friend about how I would get this book and she said that it looked boring that she had read the description and she though it wasn't that good but when I got this book and started reading I went straight to her the next day and told her boy were you wrong this is the best book I've ever read there was great dark humor and comic relief which made it extra good and delicious to read. Its definitely worth reading and it gave me the chance to tell my friend ha you where wrong which I don't get to do that often.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
GREAT BOOK! I couldn’t put it down. Incredible storyteller! I will be following C.J. Tutor and look forward to her next novel.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
paula reid
Excellent suspenseful and eerie.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
noha wagih
Wonderfully atmospheric in such an eerie way! Really creeps up on you and then creeps you out!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
In an effort to sustain suspense, author shifts focus of suspicion too many times.with enervating consequence.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was a good one. Moved like a freight train with a great twist at theend
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Read this in a day. Could not put it down. If you like Stephen King then you will love this. Such a great last page too.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Audiobook harlot here, The suspense keeps your attention. I hope this isn't the last we see from the Author
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
defi lugito
A Stephen King british copycat but fair enough
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
vinati kamani
SPOILER ALERT!!!! Idislike it when a writer purposely misleads the audience. The deception came early between page one and two in my book.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Based on some previous reviews of this book, I tried to like it and actually picked it up three or four times, but was unsuccessful in trying to read moire than a few portions. I guess I don';t like creepy books and I didn't think it was a thriller. Since I read for pleasure and/or education, I put it down and went on to the many other books I've been wanting to read.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
marie cheng yu
This book truly hurt me. I can't remember when I felt so wounded or read such raw, ugly hatred expressed against my faith. (NOTE: I am about to give away spoilers about the book. Please don't continue to read if you don't want to know the ending.)

Tudor's evil, evil villain is the local Anglican vicar, who wields an axe as he viciously slaughters various innocent people. Not a drop of remorse slides into his head, not a single reflection on whether or not he might have done something against the ten commandments, even with obvious evidence of the mutilated body and the pregnant young girl.

Going against pretty much all research studies on Christians for the last fifty years (look it up) Tudor's monstrosity of an Anglican priest has no idea of right and wrong, and no interest in living by God's precepts. For pity's sake, as anyone who has visited the UK in the last ten years can tell you, the Anglican church is filled to the tippy top with dotty, bewildered liberals who faint in horror at the mere mention violence.

It is grotesque and distressing that Tudor has the vicar muttering on about 'if your eye offends you, pluck it out', before he starts heaving the axe around. As if anyone but the local schizophrenic wouldn't have grasped that the quotation is trying to reinforce how important it is to obey and listen to God, not how you should maunder about with an eye scoop. Logic Tudor, logic.

Tudor also describes pro-lifers as only seemingly full of love; she insists they are the ones who hate and she viciously portrays them with spittle flecked lips. Right. Nothing says 'mean' like trying to save a baby from death.

I also note unsurprisingly most of her characters are lonely. People without love. Hmm.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
I was very much looking forward to reading this book. My excitement quickly disappeared not long into this book. There was nothing interesting about the characters or the storyline. It was like I was in a reading daze just going through the motions. The alternating storylines with the past and the present were alright but they didn't lend any answers or excitement to the story. Just some more questions. In fact, I thought this book was a bit depressing in the regards of the characters. After getting half way, I jumped right to the last two chapters to find out the big reveal. To quote Shania Twain "That don't impress me much.".
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
elena passarello
Kinda pricey for a new writer. I think I'll skip it.
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