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.
Wow! This is the perfect Halloween read for any crime fan. I absolutely loved everything about this book. It’s an amazingly written novel and I adored the eighties chapters. They took me right back to a time I remember and I was probably a similar age to the characters in the book, back then.
I found myself almost instantly gripped. This book begins with a mega hook, and the fairground scene, that’s where the unease and horror begins in a big way. I felt this creepiness washing over me as I read on. Eddie’s scary dreams really got under my skin too.
I loved how the characters relationships developed. This is a story that spans decades through ‘now and then’ chapters.
If you, like me, enjoy something with a chilling vibe at this time of the year, you won’t be disappointed if you choose ‘The Chalk Man’. It appealed to my love of crime and my love of horror, in equal measures! But, be warned, you might want to keep a light on in the darkness of night … mwahaha!
By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl. 💕💕💕