The Chalk Man

A Novel

by C. J. Tudor

“I haven’t had a sleepless night due to a book for a long time. The Chalk Man changed that.” 
—Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow

An assured debut that alternates between 1986 and 2016 with unpredictable twists. The Chalk Man fits well with other stories about troubled childhoods such as Stephen King’s novella ‘Stand by Me’… Tudor never misses a beat in showing each character as both a child and an adult while also exploring the foreboding environs of a small town.” - Associated Press

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 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.
     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.


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The chalk Man

yari benitez

4.5 Stars

I had told my best friend about how I would get this book and she said that it looked boring that she had read the description and she though it wasn't that good but when I got this book and started reading I went straight to her the next…

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Nick Soto

5 Stars

In the year 1986, Eddie and his friends had been regular kids. They ride their bikes and hang out around the community while avoiding the older bullies. They create a special secret code between themselves: small chalk stick figures…

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Lakesha Foster

4 Stars

I liked this book. The characters were very interesting to read. I wonder what was going to happen. I was happy for the mystery and triller of this story. I hope the author continues writing wonderful stories in the near future. I gotten…

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Carole Wooten

5 Stars

I loved this book!  Once I started reading this book, I didn't want to put it down.  I ended up reading the whole…

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A thrilling new novel!

Lisa Pierce

4.5 Stars

Confession: I stayed up almost all night to read and finish this book. People are calling this book the thriller of the year, and I cannot agree enough with that! I had absolutely no idea what to expect, but…

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