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In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids 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. The chalk men 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.
Expertly alternating between flashbacks and the present day, The Chalk Man is the very best kind of suspense novel, one where every character is wonderfully fleshed out and compelling, where every mystery has a satisfying payoff, and where the twists will shock even the savviest listener.
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By Aquakittie on 01-16-18
Sufficiently interesting and fast paced
After listening a while I almost felt like it was paying a bit of UK homage to Stephen King's IT. Lots of story similarities with regard to the characters. No clown and horror but I kept having that same vibe throughout the story. Plenty twisty and turny with a bit of surprise supernatural thrown in there. There was great character development too. I was made to believe the end was going to be holy-cow didn't see that coming but I was left a little - eh - ok, that makes sense, sounds reasonable. Welllll the last little bit WAS a bit of a shocker I guess but it was almost a second thought.
Overall decent suspense mystery. Not mad at spending the credit. Interested in seeing what else the author has to offer.
28 of 28 people found this review helpful
By DobieChuck on 01-15-18
Losing One’s Head
Slyly woven story, but more psychological/emotional than suspense... The slow burn w/ some well placed surreal moments holds your interest while you keep thinking you see the answers outta the corner of your mind’s eye, then you think you see a flicker in a different direction, and so on... Loved the circular story arc and plot points, everything comes back around in nearly every instance... Excepting a couple of characters there isn’t a lot of depth or investigation, but where done is done mindfully... The dissociative/dream sequences adds a creepiness factor, and overall the book ticks most of the boxes;). The narration is insinuatingly excellent... Wouldn’t go as far as to call it one of the best of 2018, but worthwhile and engaging read/listen regardless...
19 of 19 people found this review helpful