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review 2018-10-17 04:05
The Chalk Man
The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor

Funny story: My loan LITERALLY expired when I only had 13 minutes left. Luckily, I was able to recheck it out immediately and finish it. That's the only downside to Overdrive: Very strict loan periods. 

 

Overall, I liked this one quite a bit. Tudor is a good writer and the plot was engaging enough that I wanted to keep listening and finish the story. The crafting of the mystery was the strongest element. When everything wrapped together in the end, I was impressed. For the most part, no detail went unused but nothing felt like a copout either. The story built up well and for the most part, had a satisfying conclusion. 

 

Really there's nothing that makes me go "BAD WRITING, MINUS STAR"! I just found the story a little average. Enjoyable, well written, just not spectacular. The story also felt long at points, like I just wanted to get through the section so I could find out what was actually happening. I was also disappointed when I found out the secret of the Chalk Men. 

 

There is none. Everything has a rational explanation.

(spoiler show)

 

I did like Chloe though. She was a fun character. I wish she had a bigger role. 

 

Final rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. 

 

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text 2018-10-16 03:43
Reading progress update: I've read 88%.
The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor

Gonna try and finish this tomorrow,  in part because it's due in two days. For now, Dipper has "lost" his toy and I need to "find" it. (It's under the couch)

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text 2018-10-12 18:07
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor

This kind of reminds me of It. Similar set up, what with the group of friends and the switch between past and present. Tudor’s writing style reminds me a bit of what I’ve read of Joe Hill.

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text 2018-10-05 15:20
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor

Listening to this one on Overdrive. So far I’m a little lukewarm. It’s a little slow, though I do enjoy his writing style.

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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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