The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Published by: Crown Publishing on January 8, 2018
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
So many times, we think we’ve left the past behind us only to find it can come back to haunt us when we least expect it. In 1986, Eddie and his teenage friends are just enjoying the innocence of their youth. The boys have little to worry about in their quiet English village, though they’re always on the lookout for adventure. And when someone uses their secret code–chalk stick figures they leave for each other to communicate messages–to lead the group to a dismembered body in the woods, well, it’s more adventure than their youthful innocence can handle.
Thirty years later, Eddie doesn’t give much thought to that eventful time in his youth. But when he receives a letter in the mail containing a chalk stick figure, everything comes rushing back. Especially when he learns that his friends all received the same letter. It could be someone’s idea of a sick joke, except one of them ends up dead and Eddie quickly learns there are more secrets piling up around him. Did the police peg the wrong guy all those years ago? And can Eddie find the answer before he finds himself or someone else he cares about in even more danger?
This is definitely one of those stories that transports you. Even with the flashbacks and jumps back and forth between time periods, the plot always seemed to flow well and the connections made themselves clear. Since this is a bit of a mystery, not all of the dots were connected at any given time, but when it all came together, everything made sense. An enjoyable mystery read for fans of the genre for sure.[Disclaimer: This review is based on a copy of the book received from the publisher via Blogging for Books.]