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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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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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