THE CHALK MAN

FOUR NOSTALGIC STARS

  • Author: CJ Tudor
  • Publication date: January 9, 2018

 

Some basic reasons to love THE CHALK MAN:

the title
the author’s bio
the author’s acknowledgments at end of book
that perfect cover
suspenseful, addictive, spooky story
a combination of STRANGER THINGS (Netflix series) and STAND BY ME (80’s movie)

The only reason I couldn’t give all the stars to this very fun and riveting book is due to too many co-winky dinks towards the big reveal at the end. A bit too implausible for my liking. 

I love the 80’s vibe of little boys riding around on their bikes getting into all kinds of mischief and seeing things they shouldn’t. You’ll be instantly reminded of a Stephen King novel without the 500 extra pages!

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Thanks to NetGalley, I was able to read and review this book before publication! CJ Tudor has a new book, THE TAKING OF ANNIE THORNE,  due out Feb. 21, 2019. Read about CJ Tudor’s fascinating career below: 

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

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

In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatch. Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. She also annoyed Tim Robbins by asking a question about Susan Sarandon’s breasts and was extremely flattered when Robert Downey Junior showed her his chest.

While writing the Chalk Man she ran a dog-walking business, walking over twenty dogs a week as well as looking after her little girl.

She’s been writing since she was a child but only knuckled down to it properly in her thirties. Her English teacher once told her that if she ‘did not become Prime Minister or a best-selling author’ he would be ‘very disappointed.’

The Chalk Man was inspired by a tub of chalks a friend bought for her daughter’s second birthday. One afternoon they drew chalk figures all over the driveway. Later that night she opened the back door to be confronted by weird stick men everywhere. In the dark, they looked incredibly sinister. She called to her partner: ‘These chalk men look really creepy in the dark . . .’

She is never knowingly over-dressed. She has never owned a handbag and the last time she wore heels (twelve years ago) she broke a tooth.

She loves The Killers, Foo Fighters and Frank Turner. Her favourite venue is Rock City.

Her favourite films are Ghostbusters and The Lost Boys. Her favourite authors are Stephen King, Michael Marshall and Harlan Coben.

She is SO glad she was a teenager in the eighties.

She firmly believes that there are no finer meals than takeaway pizza and champagne, or chips with curry sauce after a night out.

Everyone calls her Caz.

Author: J e w e l s

Professional reader, amateur opinion giver, INFP (mediator personality✌️). Animal advocate, supporter of books and yarn, coffee and Portland. Unhealthy obsession with true crime. Twisty book and movie lovers are my tribe. And my fam is the best!

4 thoughts on “THE CHALK MAN”

  1. Thanks Jewels! Fantastic review on every level. It’s not up my alley, but I will highly recommend it to loved ones near and far whosevalley it is up (pardon that lonely preposition)!! ☺️

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