The Chalk Man By C.J. Tudor

 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?

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?

I have to thank my friend Timi for buying me a copy of The Chalk Man for my birthday, and then attending First Monday in London to get the book signed. 

I read the first few chapters on the way to the event, and was hooked straight in. 

I haven't read much of Stephen King, however I used to watch his films as a child and this book has reminiscing of his work, the author admits she is a big fan of his. 

Did this put me off the read? No, I found the era, setting, and characters drew me in. 

It is an extremely well written debut novel, it had elements of creepiness that kept me turning the page and I wanted to unravel the truth. 
The book is written in chapters that are headed 1986 and 2016, these are easy to keep track of the timelines. You know where you are. The main character narrating the story has his own agenda to weirdness and although I didn't warm to him, he sure made the story telling develop in a chilling way. 

The Chalk Man has much hype around it, and I usually wait for the hype to ease off before reading. This time I didn't. I did enjoy the book and have already recommended it to friends, but it isn't quite a 5 star read for me. C.J. Tudor is an author that I will be having on my radar and reading her next book if the blurb draws me in.