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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (31 December 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1524760994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1524760991
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.6 x 20.2 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 218 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars857 customer ratings

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"Readers will undoubtedly be reminded of the kids of Stand by Me and even IT. . . . [The] first-person narration alternates between past and present, taking full advantage of chapter-ending cliffhangers. A swift, cleverly plotted debut novel that ably captures the insular, slightly sinister feel of a small village. Children of the 1980s will enjoy the nostalgia."--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] promising debut . . . with the nightmarish inevitability of the Grimmest of tales . . . her storytelling prowess is undeniable."--Publishers Weekly

"CJ Tudor has written an utterly original novel--a thriller in which the suspense comes not simply from what happens, but from that dark place within the human mind from which all the greatest mysteries and terrors emerge. This one will hold you in its grip to the last page."--Joyce Maynard, New York Times bestselling author of Under the Influence and To Die For

"What a great book. A twisty thriller and downright creepy ending. Five stars."--Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

"Imaginative, with an intriguing premise that straddles two fascinating worlds. It's a frenetic ride that's deep and alluring, oozing with suspense. A rollicking good time."--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The 14th Colony

"C.J. Tudor knows the twelve-year-old who still lives in all of us, that kid who chills himself to the bone with an intuition of what lurks in the woods, or in his own closet, and The Chalk Man walks the haunted bridge between then and now--between sheer childhood terrors and a true crime so grisly and personal it's cold hand never leaves the back of your neck. Suburban adolescents on bikes, squeamish love, nascent sexuality meets adult-world obsession and lust and violence . . . and through it all runs an affecting story of friendship, loss, and the inescapable frailties of mind and body." --Tim Johnston, New York Times Bestselling author of Descent

"A cleverly constructed, artfully told tale of secrets, lies, and warped passions--featuring a troubled protagonist, a terrible murder that wasn't what it seemed to be, and a raging monster at the heart of it all."--John Verdon, internationally bestselling author of Think of a Number and the Nero Award-winning Peter Pan Must Die

"C.J. Tudor's The Chalk Man is a stunning debut, a riveting thriller about the powerful grip of the past and the unbreakable bonds of childhood friendship. The ending of this smasher will completely throw you for a loop. Don't miss a word of it!"--David Bell, bestselling author of Bring Her Home and Somebody I Used to Know

"The Chalk Man is an intricate and surprising book that will reward the reader who approaches it with the attention it deserves."--Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author of The Old Man

"Tense, skillful storytelling."--Ali Land, internationally bestselling author of, Good Me Bad Me

"Kept me up until five in the morning. Wonderfully written. I loved it!"--Kimberley Chambers, bestselling author of Backstabber and The Wronged

"It's been a while since I've read such an impressive debut. The pace was perfectly judged, the characters superbly drawn and there's a creeping sense of unease that starts with the prologue and grows throughout the book. And then that ending! It feels so fresh and deserves to be a huge success."--James Oswald, bestselling author of the Inspector McLean series

"What an amazing debut! Such an ingenious, original idea. I was engrossed from the very first page. I loved how the 1986 and present day storylines weaved so skillfully together to create that unforgettable and unexpected ending. Compelling, taut and so very, very chilling. This book will haunt you!"--Claire Douglas, bestselling author of Last Seen Alive

"Impossible to put down, cleverly constructed and executed." --Ragnar Jonasson, author of the bestselling Dark Iceland series

About the Author

C. J. Tudor is the author of The Hiding Place and The Chalk Man, which won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel and the Strand Magazine Award for Best Debut Novel. Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voice-over artist, and dog walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn't miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much. She lives in England with her partner and daughter.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A decent thriller... Certainly not a horror!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good thriller
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