Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Chalk Man

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.

My thoughts: This book wound up being creepier than I was anticipating! I didn't like all the violence, since it left me feeling unsettled, but it was an interesting read that goes back and forth between what happened in the 80's and how that is being uncovered in 2016. The writing is excellent. I would recommend it for an older audience, since it has a lot of themes that are more mature.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
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