The Chalk Man

The Chalk Man

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 23/08/2018
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The Chalk Man
Immensely readable
An incredibly dark thriller with an ending not to be missed. Loads of twists and turns. A one sitting read.
Sally Boocock
The Chalk Man
An ice-cold thriller that'll give you nightmares!
Adventurous teenage innocence turns to haunted, condemned reflection in this chilling thriller. C.J. Tudor is one of the best in the business at filling he... READ MORE
James at Orpington
The Chalk Man
Chalk Cracking Chills!
I devoured The Chalk Man it was so addictive. 12 yr old Eddie Adams and his four 'trusty?' buddies are about to have strange events happen in their littl... READ MORE
Nicole @WstonesHemel
The Chalk Man
Thrilling and dark!
Such a rollercoaster ride of a book. supernatural feeling crime that just has you gripping the pages and eager to keep reading!
Sarah B
The Chalk Man
Better than King!!
1986, Eddie and his friends spend most of their days riding their bikes around the neighborhood in search of adventures. The chalk drawings on the asphalt ... READ MORE
Rebecca Ramires


Longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2019

Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2018

The Chalk Man is coming…

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?

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781405930956
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 259g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 23 mm

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The Chalk Man
I really enjoyed this book it's a bit different. I didn't find it too creepy I think it's more of a mystery than horror (plus I measure all horror/ghost s... READ MORE
Abi Chippindale
The Chalk Man
Not as good as I had hoped...
Interesting plot, but it's rather disappointing when you guess the ending too early. I read great reviews about this book before purchasing, which could be... READ MORE
The Chalk Man
Dark and disturbing thriller!
A friend recommended this book and I am so pleased she did! A dark crime thriller, I just couldn't put it down. Very well written, great plotline. A great ... READ MORE
Janet Anne Mitchell
The Chalk Man
A book that should be on everyone's 'to read' list!!
This book was such a surprise when I started reading it. And this book has become my favourite of 2018, so much so I've read it 5 times. If you're looking ... READ MORE
The Chalk Man
I was attracted to this book by the little chalk men down the sides, a good eye catching ploy. I really enjoyed this book. It was totally believable. The m... READ MORE
Carole Cooper
The Chalk Man
Amazing plot!
It was one of the best books I've read. At first there was little intrest for the book but it turned out everything was unexpected, thrilling and so pullin... READ MORE
Nina Rauze
The Chalk Man
OMG!!!! This is amazing
I never leave reviews for anything but I had to with this book. I've read alot of amazing books in my time but nothing has and (I highly doubt) will ever b... READ MORE
Eilidh Crawford
The Chalk Man
I’m not really a person for reading books but when I started reading this one it has changed my mind completely, so many twists and turns and I love the fa... READ MORE
Georgina  Mcauliffe
The Chalk Man
A dark and cold tale
This author writes very similar to James Herbert and Stephen King lots of dark and spooky themes in this mystery and I would be recommending this author
Freya Bradley
The Chalk Man
A very good debut novel
In 1986 12-year-old Eddie and best friends Hoppo, Fat Gav and Metal Mickey are normal kids doing everyday stuff - riding around on their bikes and hanging ... READ MORE
Barnsey's Books
The Chalk Man
Dark, twsty intense, gripping.
. Very well written, great plotline. A great read!
Malcolm Murray
The Chalk Man
Can't put it down
I am reading this book as it is this month's Waterstones Book Club at Boston book. I would never has chosen it myself as I do not like horror. I started th... READ MORE
Tracey Wood
The Chalk Man
Disappointing ending
CJ Tudors writing style is very gripping and for the first half of the book, I couldn't put it down! She sets the story up well alternating between Eds chi... READ MORE
Gurpal Sanghera
The Chalk Man
Steven king inspired
Very reminiscent of Steven kings style. Enjoyable with odds stacked against the hero's with past and futures merging to discover the secrets.
Sasha Jackson
The Chalk Man
What a fabulous, gripping read! Told over dual timelines, the story jumps backwards and forwards between the 1980s and the present day (2016). I particula... READ MORE
The Chalk Man
It really draws you in!
The beginning was slow but still very engaging! I loved the writing style and really enjoyed how it alternated from past to present; it helped me stay focu... READ MORE
Viktorija Poremska
The Chalk Man
Look out for the chalk men
A gripping book from the start with fantastic characters interactions. Similar to some of Stephen King' s masterpieces; there is a wonderful blend of child... READ MORE
Katherine Pain
The Chalk Man
Gripping crime thriller debut
It’s 1986. 12-year-old Ed Adams lives in the cathedral town of Anderbury in Hampshire with his mum (an abortion doctor) and dad (a freelance journalist) i... READ MORE
The Chalk Man
I could not put this book down. I love this style of writing, jumping from past to present was very engaging.