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Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor

"We think we want answers. But what we really want are the RIGHT answers. We ask questions that we hope will give us the truth we want to hear."

In 1986, Eddie's world was a snowglobe. He and his mates were 12 years old and spent their days doing what young boys do. Hanging together, going to school, enjoying holidays. The boys even created a secret code using different colors of chalk to send messages to each other. Until "the day some causal god came along, shook it hard and set it back down again." A series of events transpired that year that changed everything forever.

Part coming of age story, part mystery, this stellar debut opens strong and finishes with a very fitting conclusion that is no less satisfying because of its painful revelations. Told in Eddie's point of view but alternating between 1986 and present day, the prose is so well written that it evokes all the feels. I found it impossible to put down while frantically highlighting all the great lines that sum up so many truths, even as some are cliches, they aren't trite within the pages. The characters are all very well-drawn but still retaining some mystery and unknowningness -- as no one fully can know even their best friends. NO SPOILERS, but definitely a suspense thriller that I will not soon forget. I definitely look forward to seeing what CJ Tudor has coming up next.

Don't miss this one, it's sure to make a lot of lists! Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for the e-book ARC to read and review.

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