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 nothing is ever the same.
In 2016, Eddie is fully grown and thinks he’s put his past behind him, but then he gets a letter in the mail containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank–until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.
I gave this book 5 stars and that isn’t something that I do often! To put it simply, I loved this book. And per usual, it is really hard for me to put into words why I love the books that I do, but I shall try.
When I first read the description, it had me hooked. The plot seemed so creative and I had a huge desire to pick it up and read it right away. I am so glad to say that it lived up to my expectations.
The storyline always had something huge/exciting that would happen and would leave you needing to keep reading. I honestly could have read it in one sitting if I had the time because of how much I wanted to keep knowing what happens next. I was always so excited to pick it up and read a little bit of it before bed and sad to have to put it down. I think that says a lot about how great the plot was and how easy the prose was to read.
One of the major things that I appreciated about this book was the fact that all of the characters contained a little bit of crazy about them, but in the end, they were all well developed. Their actions were realistic and not just attributed to them being a psycho maniac. I have read books like this where the author assigns all of the people in the story as “crazy” and attributes their actions to the fact that they are “crazy”. This is just not realistic–not everyone can be off their hinges. In this book, everyone’s reasons for their actions were comprehensible and something that could actually happen, which made it even more creepy.
If you are looking for a creepy, mystery novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning pages until after midnight, then this is the book for you!