Blurb (as on Goodreads):
It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran – the Chalk Man.
He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.
Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.
Is history going to repeat itself?
Was it ever really over?
Will this game only end in the same way?
So this might be an unpopular opinion because I didn’t enjoy The Chalk Man as much as a lot of others did.
The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor was quite the hype on the social media due to its intriguing blurb and an extremely thrilling cover.
“What shapes us is not always our achievements but our omissions. Not lies; simply the truths we don’t tell.”
As the name suggests, The Chalk Man is the man one would see at any place that has something happening. It can be something as simple as an attack/fight or murder. The chalk man draws his characters as stick men and directs the audience to the scene of the crime.
A mystery that started in 1986 when 12-year-old Eddie met My Halloran- who taught Eddie and his friends to use chalk drawings to communicate and sent secret messages to each other. But it wasn’t really all fun, after a series of incidents happened which indicated the presence of The Chalk Man.
The Chalk Man is a master mystery, which joins a lot of small events and the secrets behind it. The plot is driven by revenge and facts that will increase your curiosity and sometimes leave them unanswered. When these events repeat itself again in 2016, Eddie decides to find the mystery and put it to rest once and for all.
“We think we want answers. But what we really want are the right answers. Human nature. We ask questions that we hope will give us the truth we want to hear. The problem is, you can’t choose your truths. Truth has a habit of simply being the truth. The only real choice you have is whether to believe it or not.”
It was extremely difficult to connect with the characters because each of them had their own vendetta and though the author tried to write happy times, it sounded forced. Because happy time doesn’t leave a string of unexplained corpses. The central mystery, the death of the Waltzer girl has been approached beautifully and runs a full circle. The other mysteries, not so much. The author ends each chapter in a cliffhanger, most of which feels forced and has no connection to the central plot whatsoever.
The Chalk Man is a mystery with characters full of vengeance and hatred. The plot can get really serious at times, and one keeps guessing about what happens next. But it left a bad feeling in my mouth.