The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

History itself is only ever a story, told by the ones who survive it.
— C.J. Tudor

C.J. Tudor has created quite the twisty, creepy page turner with The Chalk Man. Switching time periods between Eddie’s younger years and his life now thirty years later, the novel focuses on a crime scene that Eddie and his friends had stumbled upon when they were twelve. A twisted web of sinister acts happened back when they were growing up, and it seems as though Eddie had grown beyond those events, the case was solved and everyone moved on. Until Eddie gets a letter with a stick figure and a piece of chalk, flooding back the memories of the details and events leading up to the crime. Who sent the message? How did they know about the childhood game and the role those chalk figures played? Was this an open and closed case, or is the real killer still out there?

Once I started, I could not put this book down. Tudor continued to leave little hints and cliffhangers in just the right places that made me stop and think, wait a minute. And when I thought I had something figured out, she turned it into a new direction, leaving me to question someone else once again. This thriller has a great flow to it. The switching of time periods helps to create suspense, while gradually pieces new information together richly.

My only issue with the book was that I felt that there was a little too much of Murphy’s Law going on. It seemed that anything that could possibly negatively impact the characters continued to happen, almost to an unbelievable amount. I found myself rolling my eyes thinking, seriously? a few times. Though, I didn’t let this bother me too much.

I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller. I am hoping C.J. Tudor is working on a second novel. As a debut novel, I was very impressed with her work. Looking forward to reading more from her.

*Thank you to Netgalley and Crown Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.