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text 2018-06-21 20:12
Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor is her debut novel about 12 year old Eddie and his group of friends, and the meeting of Mr. Halloran, the Chalk Man.

Plot 5/5: This is a horror mystery with so many twists and turns. It kept me engrossed.

Characters 5/5: The characters are well fleshed out. I loved getting to know the characters.

World building 4/5: The story goes back and forth from the present to 1986, when it all happened.

Pacing 4/5: The pace was steady.

Writing 4/5: There were a couple of errors, but did not in the least interfere with the flow of the story.

Overall: 4.4

I highly recommend this book to lovers of Stephen King stories.

Won in a blog giveaway at KissinBlueKaren for the January 2018 New Release #Giveaway Hop. 

Thank you, Karen!

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review 2018-04-27 18:15
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor,Euan Morton

This book felt very familiar. If you grew up reading King and watching many an 80’s movie, you’ll no doubt feel the same way. It has a beautiful sense of place and a slow sense of creeping dread but there wasn’t anything totally new here and by the end I was beginning to just wish it would hurry up and spill all of its secrets.

 

I listened on audio and the narrator was good with the voices but I really and truly wish that two of the characters weren’t named Nicky and Mickie. Maybe a Nicky and a Peter? Or a Robin and a Mickie, perhaps? This made for so much confusion for me on audio. I’m not sure if it was the light accent of the narrator or the similarity of the names, or both, but it kept tripping me up and that's never a fun experience.

 

The story is presented in two timelines. There’s present day Ed in 2016 and there’s young Eddie in 1980-something. The 80’s timeline is when most of the strange and terrible stuff happens as young Eddie comes of age with a group of his closest chums. The book bounces back and forth between the two timelines as grown up Ed tries to solve a decades old murder after a letter arrives with ominous chalk drawings and an old frenemy arrives soon after. Information is doled out very slowly in both timelines but eventually it all begins to come together. And that’s all I’m saying about the plot because this is a mystery-thriller, people, and a thriller should never be spoiled! But that doesn't mean that I'm done yapping.

 

So, current day Ed is a bit of a dullard, if you ask me. He is dry and rather unemotional and he's telling the story. He’s a grown man living with a young lady named Chloe but there’s nothing sexual going on there so don't get too excited. I’m kind of glad about that on one hand but if I’m being totally honest a little sexy time might’ve perked things up or added some real tension but alas it’s all pretty sexless. Their relationship made no sense to me until the reveals started coming much later in the book. But for most of the story they interacted with some weird sort of passive-aggressive tension that made me a little uncomfortable for them.

 

Young Eddie’s story was more interesting to me, even though he has the same personality as older Ed, because Eddie witnesses some pretty awful things but alas none of them are supernatural even though there are little teases strewn about so don't get too excited about that either.

 

As a mystery-thriller The Chalk Man worked for me because I am terrible at figuring these things out and this one fooled me and kept me going until the end because I HAD to know. My main complaint about the book is with the people and the complete lack of humor. They weren’t people I ever grew to care about. Even the kids. They’re a group of angry, dull, unlikable kids and I didn’t feel their connection to each other. They didn’t seem like a close-knit group to me and that’s where the book fell down hard. In the beginning, I had high hopes but perhaps they were too high. There’s a dog in a few scenes that I loved more than everyone combined and he has no dialogue and only a scene or two. That probably says too much about me but there it is . . .

 

But, oooh, you have to read until the very end because the final dark surprise was fabulous!

 

I’m giving this a 3 ½ bumping down to a 3.

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text 2018-04-18 20:05
April belongs to "The Chalk Man" and CJ Tudor! Book Club & Ask the Author Your Question

 

What are your reading in April? We're reading The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor! And we have a surprise for BookLikes readers. CJ Tudor agreed to answer questions from her fans and readers!

 

Make sure to leave your question to the author below and share your book review. If you haven't read the book yet, please JOIN the Book Club and the discussion groups. Links are below:

  

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We'd love to know how did you like the book and what are the best (and the worst, if any) parts and characters in it. We've prepared a set of questions and we'd like to ask you to share your views :)

 

You can share it in the discussion group OR on your blog with The Chalk Man 10 Questions tag. Thank you! 


1. How do you like the characters, their personalities and motivations? Are they well developed or one-dimensional ? 
2. How do you like the twists & turns, did they meet your expectations, did they make you guess, did they glued you to the book?
3. At what point in the book you solved the mystery secret or at least you thought you did ;)? 
4. Did you pick out some clues hidden by the author?
5. They say the book is Stephen King-like, do you agree? 
6. What lines struck you? 
7. Did the book ending fulfill your expectations?
8. To what kind of reader would you recommend the book? 
9. Was it a good mystery read? 
10. Have you reviewed the book on your blog? If so, please add a link to your review. 

Psst. Please remember that some readers haven't read the book yet so if you'd like to reveal more facts, please use the spoiler tag. 

 

The Chalk Man - C.J. TudorThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor 

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man. He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body. Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure. Is history going to repeat itself? Was it ever really over? Will this game only end in the same way?

 

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text 2018-04-09 13:40
Interview with CJ Tudor, author of "The Chalk Man" + Book Club and Ask a Question

 

C.J. Tudor, author of the bestselling and widely acclaimed The Chalk Man, talks to us about her debut!



Tell us a few words about yourself - whatever you want to share about your personal and professional life, but also why you decided to become a writer.

 

Well, I’m 46. I live in Nottingham with my partner and little girl. I left school at sixteen and I’ve had many, many jobs over the years – from television presenter to dog-walker. But I’ve always loved making up stories. When I was very small I lived in a complete fantasy world. Then, in my teens, my English teacher, Mr Webster, really encouraged me. He once wrote on the bottom of an essay: ‘If you do not become Prime Minister or a best-selling author I will be very disappointed!’

 

The Chalk Man - C.J. TudorThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor 

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man. He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body. Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure. Is history going to repeat itself? Was it ever really over? Will this game only end in the same way?

 

How did you start writing?

 

I didn’t properly knuckle down to try and write a book until my mid-thirties. I was too busy having fun in my twenties! The first thing I wrote was rubbish, but at least I’d proved to myself that I could actually finish something. It still took me over ten years to get published. There were many rejections and failed projects along the way!

 

 

What are you writing habits? How often do you write, and how long at one time?

 

Well, now I’m lucky enough to write full time I usually go and sit in a coffee shop for a few hours. I don’t stick to rigid word counts or anything like that. I write for as long as I feel like and then go for a walk or head to the gym. Something to clear my mind. Then, it’s usually time to pick up my little girl from school and chaos descends until she goes to bed! I might squeeze in another hour or two in the evening.

 

Did you love The Chalk Man? Want to ask the author a question? Hop on board! Leave your question(s) in The Chalk Man discussion group and we'll forward them to C.J. Tudor! 

LEAVE YOUR QUESTION(S) TO CJ TUDOR

 

 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a writer - so, to someone like you the person you were, maybe a year or more ago?

 

Never give up. It isn’t too late - I’m a debut author at 46. Don’t get disheartened by rejections. We all get them. You don’t need expensive courses – the slush pile works. Don’t try to write what you think publishers want because that changes all the time. Stick to your guns and write what you love. Oh, and a good agent is everything!

 

 

Your first book is a mystery-thriller - is this your favorite genre? What do you like to read?

 

I like anything dark and twisty. Crime, thrillers. I’m partial to a bit of sci-fi. Horror is good too.

 

 

Who are your favorite authors and have they inspired you in any way?

 

Stephen King, Michael Marshall and Harlan Coben. I’ve been reading Stephen King since I was twelve. When he tweeted and recommended The Chalk Man recently it was a dream come true. I’m still grinning!

 


What would you like to say to your readers? What do they need to know about you and your first book? Is it very, very spooky?

 

It’s creepy rather the scary. The story is set in 2016 and 1986. That’s when we first meet twelve-year-old Eddie and his friends. They invent a game, drawing chalk figures on the ground to send secret messages between their gang. But the game turns sinister when the chalk men start to appear on their own and lead them to the body of a girl in the woods.

 

Thirty years later, Ed thinks the past is behind him. Then he receives a letter containing just two things – a drawing of a stick figure and a piece of chalk...

 

 

 

 

Reviews of The Chalk Man are stunning, I mean among regular readers, not just the press. What do you think makes the book so attractive and unique?

 

Blimey – I wish I knew! I think it’s different to a lot of recent psychological thrillers. There’s a dash of horror. It’s been compared to Stranger Things and IT, and 80’s nostalgia is big again right now. Not that I could have predicted that when I wrote the book back in 2015!

 

 

I heard that you have a two-book deal, is this the case? Are you now writing book number three? Are the books interlinked in any way?

 

No, they’re all stand-alone but the stories do all exist in the same universe, so readers may spot some subtle references. I haven’t ruled out linking them or returning to some of the characters in the future! Watch this space!

 

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text 2018-03-29 18:46
"The Chalk Man" Buddy Read & Ask a Question with CJ Tudor: March 29 - April 26, 2018

 

 

Readers are loving The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor. Have you read it? Did you love it? Or maybe the title is sitting on your TBR plie? Or maybe you haven't heard about the book? Eee, impossible! ;)

 

Regardless of your reading experience, feel invited to join The Chalk Man Buddy Read! Let's read The Chalk Man together, and share your thoughts and opinions, find the clues and make the guesses. And find the killer, together!  

 

Join the book club by clicking the following link and then clicking Join, and start reading!

 

 

Make sure to add your reading experiences in The Chalk Man discussion group. Beware of the spoilers! 

 

And if you have any questions about the book or C.J Tudor's writing inspirations and plans, we have a great surprise! C.J. Tudor agreed to answer the questions from BookLikes readers!

 

Add your question(s) in the following discussion group and we'll forward them to C.J. Tudor! Isn't that exciting!?!

 

Go to the Ask a Question with C.J. Tudor group and post your question! 

 

Still not sure if The Chalk Man is for you? Just check those reviews! 

 

The Chalk Man - C.J. TudorThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor 

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man. He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body. Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure. Is history going to repeat itself? Was it ever really over? Will this game only end in the same way?

 

BookLikes bloggers book reviews: 

This is pretty dazzling debut, especially given all the clunky "just OK" mysteries that litter my house, library history, recommendations and my Read piles. I'll take a mystery no matter what, but it's very nice to get a good one... read more on "So it goes." blog

 

 

What a crazy book. I loved it from start to finish... by Heather's Book Blog

 

 

"The Chalk Man" has a plot, constructed around violence, secrets, fear, transgression and revenge, that is intricate and not fully disclosed until the final chapter. Yet it is not the plot but the depth of the characterisation of Eddie as child and man that makes the book special... by Audio Book Junkie

 

 

This was an excellent book that had me guessing throughout. At one point, maybe twice, I had reason to point a finger at all the boys involved in the book. I just kept going back and forth. It was crazy!The author did a great job... reviewed by debbiekrenzer

 

 

THE CHALK MAN is a gripping exploration of the dark places within the human mind and an impressive debut. Filled with horror. Frightening, compelling, taut, creepy and chilling! A shocking spine-tingling conclusion... read more on JDCMustReadBooks 

 

 

I liked how we learn more information about the past and individual’s true colors were shining through. It’s funny how some individuals never change and how some people think they have changed but they haven’t. I enjoyed the novel.. read more on My Never Ending List

AND MORE

 

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