A riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game gone dangerously awry, and will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking ending
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 that his friends got the same message, 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 reader.
In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy 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 one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.
Ok so this is a little different than usual as I didn’t read this I listened to it on audible.
When I first started listening to this book I wasn’t completely sold, even though the blurb sounded incredible, a bit like Slender Man. I was a bit confused about the characters and the whole plot but it did come together.
I absolutely loved both of the narators voices, they were calm and slightly distant which added to the whole atmosphere of the book.
The whole premise of the book is of this small group of friends, when they were roughly 12 years old there was a murder. The body was chopped up and the head was never found. 30 years later there is another murder in the same woods as the original.
As if two murders aren’t bad enough dotted around everywhere are the little chalk men that the group of boys used to communicate with each other.
The story is told by Eddie’s pint of view, both as a 12 year old and in his 40’s. I don’t want to give too much away with the story line, but this story really did come full circle and all of the lose ends were tidied up nicely for me.
I really did enjoy this story because if the twists that I was not expecting at all! I kept trying to guess who the killer was but I was wrong!