It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when 12-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 picked up C.J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man because it was being compared to Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”The Chalk Man, by C.J. Tudor

So in all honesty, I probably went into this novel with the wrong mindset.

After reading the novel, I came away with mixed feelings.

The dual timeline story added to the growing suspense as the story unfolded.

However, I struggled to feel any real connection to the characters.

I liked that the writing reminded me of an old-school mystery, albeit with more disturbing details.

Honestly, there was a little too much of the creepy for me, as opposed to the thriller aspects.

However, the novel has a ton of atmosphere — even if that atmosphere gave me the chills.

If you like creepy, thrilling novels, give this one a shot.

About C.J. Tudor

C.J. Tudor


C.J. Tudor was born in Salisbury, England, and grew up in Nottingham, England, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter.

She left school at 16 and has had a variety of jobs through the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voice-over.