Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Chalk Man by C J Tudor.
The Chalk Man was published by Michael Joseph on 11th January 2018.
None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning.
Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own?
Was it the terrible accident?
Or when they found the first body?
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Thank you to Jenny Platt and Michael Joseph Publishers for my review copy of the book and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.
I have seen and read about this book on social media so I was absolutely delighted to receive a copy to review.
Wow! It’s hard to believe that this is C J Tudor’s first novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it to jam packed with intensity. It was creepy and just downright eerie.
I was hooked from the first page as we are introduced to Eddie and his friends back in 1986. It was a different time back then, no mobile phones, no social media and when you wanted to see your friends your called around for them on your BMX bikes, or….draw little chalk men as your secret way of communicating.
I loved how this book was set out with alternative chapters from 1986 to 2016, each chapter just leaving you with a cliffhanger and urging you to carry on reading as fast as you humanely can.
The author creates such a good atmosphere with her writing style that I could picture the scenes so vividly and when reading it late at night I found I was a little bit chilled to the bone!
The Chalk Man is an excellent story and you can feel the emotions that Eddie is feeling since his childhood and how this has shaped the man he has become since meeting ‘The Chalk Man’.
This to me was the just the perfect story with excellent twists along the way (that I didn’t see coming) and I really hope C J Tudor gets the recognition that she deserves as I can see this book becoming one of THE books of 2018. Just excellent.
About the Author
She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.
In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatch. Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. She also annoyed Tim Robbins by asking a question about Susan Sarandon’s breasts and was extremely flattered when Robert Downey Junior showed her his chest.
While writing the Chalk Man she ran a dog-walking business, walking over twenty dogs a week as well as looking after her little girl.
She’s been writing since she was a child but only knuckled down to it properly in her thirties. Her English teacher once told her that if she ‘did not become Prime Minister or a best-selling author’ he would be ‘very disappointed.’
The Chalk Man was inspired by a tub of chalks a friend bought for her daughter’s second birthday. One afternoon they drew chalk figures all over the driveway. Later that night she opened the back door to be confronted by weird stick men everywhere. In the dark, they looked incredibly sinister. She called to her partner: ‘These chalk men look really creepy in the dark . . .