The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Genre: Crime, Fiction
This is the story of five friends and how their friendship changes after a murder... all of them had their own guilty conscience after the murder, but did any of them have anything to do with the murder?
"It's drawn in crayon, which is wrong. Perhaps that's why, as and added reminder, the sender has included something else. I tip up the envelope and it falls to the desk in a small cloud of dust. A single piece of white chalk."
This has been a surprising book; original, twisted and remarkable. The story is told between the past and the present, mainly told by Eddie Munster, one of the band of Fat Gav, Hoppo, Metal Mickey and Nicky. None of them had an easy childhood but they kept connected during their adulthood till they start receiving some weird letters and all the past seemed to revive again, will they discover the truth this time before it's too late?
I liked how in The Chalk Man all the characters have an important part in the plot, it reminds me the story of "Murder In the Orient Express" from Agatha Christie, but I can tell you that there's just one killer, but of course is the one that you would never suspect!
As we turn the pages, we enter in a gossip village where everyones thinks that knows everyone's life, and having a secret is almost impossible. But at the same time, the story not just talks about the murder, it shows us how difficult can be to live with someone you love with Alzheimer and the fear that any mistake could mean having the illness too. Or about the love between an adult and a teenager, is it really love? Not easy themes to talk about, but that are part of the plot making it more interesting and real at the same time.
The Chalk Man is not a simple crime book, is a story with multiple stories inside, each one more interesting and to keep on your mind for a long time.
Do you have some chalks at home?