Rating: 4.0/5.0 stars
Main Takeaway: Spooky, thrilling, page-turning suspense. MUST READ.
In 1986, Eddie and his friends get a creepy new teacher, and follow mysterious chalk drawings to find a body chopped into pieces in the woods. Thirty years later, the murder is still unsolved and the friends have parted ways. But the arrival of more mysterious chalk drawings in the mail brings them back together, and Eddie is determined to solve the mystery this time. Who would want to murder Elisa, and why? And why does that person single out Eddie and his friends for the discovery?
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor has been on my radar for a while now, thanks to the bookstagram community, and after waiting two months on hold at the library, I was finally able to read it. And let me just say, wow. It was worth the wait.
Tudor builds suspense slowly and then hits you with a cliff-hanger all at once. She reveals the story’s secrets carefully, and shocks you with each turn of the page. This novel wasn’t just a mystery, it was creepy. I’m talking Stranger Things creepy, but instead of inter-dimensional monsters possessing your friends, its a small town, everyone-you-know-has–secret-and-who-can-you-trust kind of creepy. This book isn’t just about a murder, it’s about right and wrong, its about hypocrisy and predation. And above all, it’s about lies. In The Chalk Man, C.J. Tudor wants to tell you everyone has a secret that no one else knows about…