The Chalk Man

We’re happy to support debut authors, including C.J. Tudor with The Chalk Man.

by C.J. Tudor

Quick take

A haunting, tightly paced stunner of a debut, one that will keep you guessing all the way through.

Why I love it

I’ve always felt the best time of year to read murder mysteries is deep in the heart of winter, when the subject matter is as dark as the long nights. The Chalk Man is a brilliant addition for any winter reading list'”its twists and turns will keep you on edge, with surprises coming on every page till the very last.

A group of friends who grew up together in a quaint English village are bound b...


In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and ...

Member thoughts

40% Love
51% Like
8% Dislike
  • Cynthia D.

    Massapequa, NY

    "Such a surprising ending."

  • Breanne S.

    Douglassville, PA

    "With the end of every chapter I would tell myself, “maybe I'll read one more”. I simply couldn't put it down and looked forward to reading more everyday. I haven't felt like that for some time. "

  • Kathy R.

    Napa, CA

    "This was a suspenseful novel. The characters were believable, the storyline thought provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!"

  • Tami D.

    Frisco, TX

    "Loved the young gang of friends and how the story revolved around them. And the ending! I'm not saying any more about that ending! :)"

  • jeni b.

    Virginia Beach, VA

    "I never tire of DEBUT novels! THE CHALK MAN is the kind of story that keeps you up all hours of the night just to discover who did it. I look forward to reading more of C. J. Tudor. ~jeni b~"

  • Rachel G.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "I didn't know what to expect going into this book, but it blew me away. I loved the two timelines and how they connected. A new favorite."

  • Meaghan B.

    Pontiac, MI

    "Lots of twists that I thought I ALMOST figured out, but was never quite right."

  • Courtney K.

    Houston, TX

    "I really enjoyed this book! What set it apart from other books in this genre is the atmosphere that was created. It was genuinely eerie! The ending was not **quite** what I was hoping for though. "

  • Kimberly G.

    Lima, OH

    "I loved this book. Very well written, great characters and the story kept me guessing. Can't wait to see what C. J. Tudor comes up with next. "

  • Kristen M.

    Bronx, NY

    "So good! One of my favorite thrillers of the year!"

  • Sarah A.

    Brooklyn , NY

    "This book served me up Stranger Things vibes. Loved the read! "