The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Narrator: Euan Morton
Date Read: January 9th 2018
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.
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Read/Listened for Review (Publisher)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
Quick Thoughts: The complicated and rich characters (not likable but identifiable) are what really stood out to me in this thriller. I had a few problems with the way the story ends and some unverified answers. I do get that happens in real life–I just like my fiction a little more tidy. Just a personal preference. That being said, the story flowed really well. That is hard to do with two timelines. It was choreographed well and with the characters really pulling you in, overall this was a pretty good listen! I would read/listen more by C.J.
Narrated by: Euan Morton/Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
This is my first audiobook by Euan but it won’t be my last. He nailed everything from the little kids voices to the adults. I was impressed with his pacing and ability to bring each character alive. It was very well done!