By C.J. Tudor
4 out of 5 stars
Eddie and his little gang of friends are growing up in a little town in England in the 80s. Eddie and a teacher, albino Mr. Halloran, help to save a girl’s life after a freak accident at the fair. Mr. Halloran, who likes to draw in chalk, gives one of the boys a box of chalk for his birthday and this becomes their calling card. They all have a different colored chalk man that they use for messages to each other. But everything is not so idyllic in this little burg, when a young girl is murdered (among some other strange happenings), the chalk men lead the boys to the body, well, body pieces.
It’s now 2016 and Eddie is a teacher in town. Things have happened to separate the gang but when one of them comes back and tells Eddie that he is writing a book about the murder (he says he knows who did it), strange things start happening all over again.
I think I expected this to be a bit more eerie but it was an engrossing read with a few things thrown in that you don’t expect. And that is not to say that it didn’t have a shadowy quality throughout. There is also a sadness that flows in the story, a sadness and a need for forgiveness. I had my suspicions about a few characters and one of them was true. Kudos to me! I loved the going back and forth in time to really flesh out the characters. And the ending, well okay, that was completely eerie and unexpected. This is a really great job for a debut novel. I am looking forward to what the future will give us from C.J. Tudor.
This review is my humble opinion but a big thanks to Netgalley and Crown Publishing for a copy of this book.