Title: The Chalk Man
Author: C.J. Tudor
Release Date: January 9, 2018
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This book is a must-read for thriller and suspense fans! I actually find it hard to believe it’s a debut novel. C.J. Tutor is a very talented author and I have no doubt that The Chalk Man is going to be hitting some bestseller lists after its release tomorrow.
While reading this book, I noticed a lot of parallels with some of Stephen King’s books, especially It and The Body (otherwise known by its movie adaptation’s name Stand By Me). There’s even a reference to the infamous “dead lights”. I also picked up on some Stranger Things vibes. Since Stephen King happens to be one of my favorite authors and Stranger Things is one of my favorite shows (and also inspired by Stephen King), I guess it’s a no-brainer that I absolutely loved this book. However, it’s more than just the 80’s nostalgia and similarities with my personal favorites… This book is incredibly well done! The characters are well-written, multilayered, and relatable. The storyline, which goes back and forth between 1986 and present day, is suspenseful and gripping. There are plenty of dark and creepy parts to keep the reader on edge. I really liked how the mystery is slowly unraveled throughout the story – we only get little bits and pieces from each timeline until it all comes together into one big unexpected reveal at the end.
However, I am dropping one star off the score due to too many coincidences towards the end of the book. I understand that the author wanted to wrap things up and tie off all of the loose ends, but I still like it to be believable. So for that reason, I’m giving it a 4/5 score. I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye out for more from this author!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Blogging For Books program in exchange for my honest review.