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Publisher's Summary

A riveting and brilliantly plotted psychological suspense, this whip-smart debut will keep listeners guessing right up to the shocking ending.
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.
©2018 C.J. Tudor (P)2018 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Utterly hypnotic. The Chalk Man is a dream novel, a book of nightmares: haunted and haunting, shot through with shadow and light - a story to quicken the pulse and freeze the blood. A dark star is born." (A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window)
"What a great book. A twisty thriller and downright creepy ending. Five stars." (Sarah Pinborough, New York Times best-selling author of Behind Her Eyes)
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By Jami E. Nettles on 01-15-18

Well done modern murder mystery

This is a well written, well edited book about an unsolved murder that took place in the main character's childhood, but such a refreshing change from many "psychological thrillers" on the market today. The characters behave in ways that are reasonably unreasonable - just like real people do - to make the entire story compelling. I was not waiting breathlessly to find the mystery solved, but enjoyed the book from beginning to end.

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By Jeffrey veals on 01-24-18

TO ALL: Get rid of ALL Expectations!!!

I'll tell you what made this book about half as good as it could've been: Fiona Barton (author of The Widow) wrote a review that said, "I haven't had a sleepless night due to a book in a long time. The Chalk Man changed that."

I try my hardest NOT to read reviews or anything like that before I go into a book. I really only like reading the synopsis, but that was the one that flashed every time I got on goodreads AND audible for that matter. So, if I went into this book with no expectations, it MIGHT have gotten a four on the story--MIGHT HAVE.

The book was wonderfully written, so CJ Tudor definitely has skill in that area. The storyline just didn't...flow as well as I thought it could have. The bouncing back and forth in time wasn't horrible, but it has been done a million times better by other authors. Honestly, I can't say what made this book fall flat for me, but there was something wrong. Now, the book has intrigue, suspense and a semi-interesting story. So, I don't want people to NOT read this because of my review. I don't feel as though I've wasted my time like I did with Jac Jemc's "The Grip of It" and Robyn Harding's "The Party," but I just think it could've been done better. I know some people will read this review and just skip this book and that's fine, but that is not my intention. I just want listeners and readers to lower their expectations so that they don't end up feeling let down like I did.

Euan Morton--decent, but I wouldn't say there was a ton of range in his performance. The best thing I can say about it is that it wasn't annoying, because a lot of narrators put on the voice of the opposite gender and it sounds SILLY. So, Mr. Morton did a fairly decent job with what the book gave him. I'm sure there was someone who could've done a better job, but he was good. I'd give him a solid B.

The book, whether it's print or audio, gets a B- from me. I do think that someone else could read this, lower their expectations, and really enjoy the book. I just had my reading ruined by hype, unfortunately. Despite all this, I don't think it'll ever deserve more than a B+ and that's a good score when it comes to how harsh I tend to be.

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