Length: 519 Minutes
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor, read by Andrew Scott and Asa Butterfield.
None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning.
Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own?
Was it the terrible accident?
Or when they found the first body?
'If you like my stuff, you'll like this' STEPHEN KING
Length: 519 Minutes
<b><i>The Chalk Man</i> works, it's a lively and entertaining read . . . Tudor's got talent</b>
<b>This assured debut is very much in the Stephen King vein - creepy with plenty of menace</b>
<b>CJ Tudor's very clever, wrong-footing debut will leave you checking that doors and windows of your holiday cottage are secure . . . </b>
<b>A striking debut</b>
<b>A tense gripper with a leave-the-lights-on shock ending</b>
<b>You'll be gripped by this cracking debut novel . . . it will keep you up all night with all the lights on. This intriguing, satisfying thriller delivers a series of shocks . . . reminiscent of the master of horror Stephen King</b>
<b>The past rises from the chalk dust. A labyrinthine tale that kept me guessing right to the end</b>
<b>Half horror, half crime, <i>The Chalk Man</i> is a creepy, compulsive novel</b>
<b>Taut, twisty and very creepy, this is a must for anyone who enjoys psycho-thrillers . . . The ending is genius</b>
<b>Deliciously creepy with a side order of Eighties nostalgia</b>
<b>Started and finished in one day. Absolutely gripping, chilling, and as creepy as that house with dark windows we all knew as kids. Brilliant read and can't wait for the next one!</b>
<b>A well-constructed thriller layered with secrets, suspense, twists, turns and an outcome you may not see coming</b>
<b>It is hard to believe <i>The Chalk Man</i> is the debut novel from C J Tudor. The writing is sublime, and the ending is spine-tinglingly chilling</b>
<b>This insanely readable chiller has it all - a brilliant, nostalgic flavour, humour and heart . . . A fantastic debut from a major new talent.</b>
<b>Strong characterisation, plenty of plot twists and an evocative portrait of small-town life in the 1980s add up to a riveting read </b>
<b>The prose is punk, the pace fast and the plot sinewy. There are shades of Stephen King when the reality bends into the sinister, and a deliciously creepy finale . . .</b>
<b>Even Brexit impact reports made less frightening reading than C. J. Tudor's Stephen King-esque coming-of-age story cum murder mystery <i>The Chalk Man</i>. With tyro crime writers this dark, the future is bright</b>
<b>The novel is so well executed . . . Tudor is very good at deploying shocks and surprises that catch you off guard. I jumped so many times while reading I could have been sitting on a chair made of cactus</b>
<b>Thriller of the Week - an intriguing puzzle with an engaging cast of characters . . . a highly promising debut </b>
<b>A must-read for all horror fans</b>
<b>There are enough twists and turns in this dark debut thriller to tie you in knots. The end is fabulously surprising and satisfying . . . creepy</b>
<b>[CJ Tudor] creates a winningly dark atmosphere and serves up a beautifully timed stream of intriguing new plot elements</b>
<b>A nail-biting thriller</b>
<b>Book of the Month</b>
<b>A compelling debut</b>
<b>Scare yourself silly with this brilliant chiller . . . a spine-tingling read</b>
<b>A nail biting thriller</b>
<b>It's a corker that'll give you the willies. Chalk one up to C J Tudor. </b>
<b>Genuinely creepy books don't come along very often, but this one can hold its missing head up high</b>
<b>There are shades of Stephen King in this very creepy timeslip, as well as an evocative portrait of small-town life in 1980s Britain</b>
My favourite crime book of 2018 would have to be <i>T</i><i>he Chalk Man.</i> It initially brought to mind twisted tales of suburban Americana such as <i>Stand by Me </i>and <i>Carrie</i>. However, by weaving in authentic and evocative period detail C. J. Tudor manages to create a story that tells of the darkness at the heart of small-town life that is, like the rotten pastoral in a M. R. James ghost story, uniquely English. <b>Unsettling, taut and skillfully plotted, <i>The Chalk Man</i> grabbed me by the throat from the very first sentence and didn't let go until the final, heart-stopping page</b>
[I] haven't had a sleepless night due to a book for a long time. <i>The Chalk Man</i> changed that. Many congrats C. J. Tudor
What a great book. A twisty thriller and downright creepy ending. 5 stars.
Tense, skillful storytelling
Absolutely brilliant. I was expecting a creepy horror story that I'd have to read with all the lights on but this book is so much more than that - it's witty, insightful, clever, thoughtful, mysterious, gripping, nostalgic and utterly compelling. Publishers often talk about "an exciting new voice in fiction" and I genuinely think C. J. Tudor is going to be huge. This book has bestseller written all over it and if it doesn't go to number one I will eat my crime writing hat
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 skilfully together to create that unforgettable and unexpected ending. Compelling, taut and so very, very chilling. This book will haunt you!
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
Impossible to put down, cleverly constructed and executed
Kept me up until five in the morning. Wonderfully written. I loved it!
I absolutely loved <i>The Chalk Man</i> . . . It's a dark, mesmerising thriller with an ending that left me with goosebumps!
One of the best books I've read since I first read Stephen King's <i>IT</i> when I was 14. Go get it!
I've just finished <i>The Chalk Man</i> by C. J. Tudor. WOW! I could not put it down. If you like Stephen King, you'll LOVE this!
At the heart of this accomplished debut lies a shocking crime stumbled upon by a group of teenage friends. It is a discovery that shatters their innocence and haunts the whole community. Now, twenty years later, someone is sending anonymous letters - chalk drawings of a stick figure with a noose around its neck - someone who hasn't forgotten what happened in the woods all those years ago. The past is very much alive in this book where memory is unreliable and old secrets fester, threatening to turn as odorous as a rotting corpse. Tudor's sharp eye for detail and ear for dialogue lend the childhood scenes an immediacy and authenticity that completely convince. With its driving plot and sensitive evocation of friendship and loneliness, <i>The Chalk Man</i> is an utterly gripping read, with an ending that will make the hairs on the back of your neck bristle
Just finished <i>The Chalk Man</i>. Dark and addictive. This page-turner is more twisty than a rollercoaster. And one hell of a ride.
<i>The Chalk Man</i> 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
<i>The Chalk Man </i>is an intricate and surprising book that will reward the reader who approaches it with the attention it deserves
Absolutely loved it! Creepy, brilliant and tense, I could not put it down!
Blasted through this beauty in one intense and thrilling sitting
<i>The Chalk Man</i> stole my weekend! Wow. Just wow. The tension just builds and builds. And what a final page . . .
Finished reading <i>The Chalk Man</i> by C.J Tudor last night. What a book! Enjoyed every minute of it. A total banger!
C.J. Tudor brilliantly weaves past and present into a haunting, vividly imagined tale. Much more than a murder mystery, it is a sharp, terrifying exploration of the bonds and limitations of childhood friendships and of secrets that refuse to remain buried. I fell in love with the guiding voice of this novel, the thoughtful and solitary Eddie. Prepare to be surprised again and again, even until the final page
<i>The Chalk Man</i> is an unpredictable and engaging thriller: sinister, tragic, and with a beautifully rendered sense of time and place. That final page still haunts me<b></b>
The grip the past has on the present reveals itself in ever more sinister and macabre ways in this utterly original and relentlessly compelling psychological thriller. <i>The Chalk Man</i> kept me guessing all the way to the end
The Chalk Man is superb: compelling, beautifully written and utterly chilling