You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you.
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?
The Chalk Man is told in alternating chapters from the past in 1986 and the present in 2016. The main protagonist is Eddie/Ed of which through him we get to see when strange and horrible things happen starting with the fair. Even years later there is lots of things unanswered and more strange things happening and Eddie wants some answers.
I liked Eddie, he is a normal kid in the eighties with a close group of friends who has to deal with the same things life throws most of us at that age. I couldn’t imagine what it must have been like to witness the horrible accident at the fair. It is a great start to the story though pulling you in and ensuring it keeps you there.
This isn’t your stereo typical crime thriller. It isn’t a fast paced read, more of a gentle thriller that can be read and digested at the readers own pace. Saying that, it didn’t take me long to read though as the story line really held my interest and I wanted to know who was behind all the going on’s. It’s a book that when you put it down it has a certain hold over you making you think about it even when not reading it.
The Chalk Man is a slower paced thriller that I can only describe as enveloping me. The author drew me in and held me captive with the wonderful way that she has written this story. A different but good read.
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