My rating: 5 of 5 stars
**I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review**
It has been said that C.J. Tudor has written the thriller for 2018. From everything I read in The Chalk Man I can’t dispute the claim. This book was mesmerizing and I can’t thank the publisher enough for giving me an early look at it. I’m floored this is the author’s first book!
The story is written in first person present tense, and while it may throw you for a bit, this tense works extremely well for the story. I will admit that it started slow, but once it got going it never let up. Even the balance between the chapters set in 2016 and those set in the 1980s was spot on. In a lot of books that attempt this flashback structure the reader develops a preference for one over the other and thus grows to dread the switch back to the setting that doesn’t work as well for them. Not the case here! There are more than enough genuine jaw-dropping moments within both settings to keep you turning the pages. And, as with all great thrillers, there are moments of pure fright as well.
Characterization was strong throughout. This story is populated by a collective of fascinating characters that weave in and out of the central narrative. It kept me guessing until the end, and I had no clue who the killer was. I loved the twists and turns in this book and won’t spoil anything for future readers by giving anything away here.
I strongly recommend this read to any thriller fans out there. You won’t be disappointed!!
5 BIG stars.