Published by Crown Publishing Group (NY) on January 9th 2018
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.
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea. Each week, participants share a paragraph (or two) from a book they are currently reading or are planning to read soon.
Today I’m going to share the first couple of paragraphs from The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor. I’m participating the blog tour on January 20th and I can’t wait to start this book. It’s getting tons of hype and most of my blogger friends have loved it.
“The girl’s head rested on a small pile of orange-and-brown leaves.
Her almond eyes stared up at the canopy of sycamore, beech, and oak, but they didn’t see the tentative fingers of sunlight that poked through the branches and sprinkled the woodland floor with gold. The didn’t blink as shining black beetles scurried over their pupils. They didn’t see anything anymore, except darkness.”
What do you think? Would you continue reading?
The thought of black beetles scurrying over this poor girls pupils gives me major creeps. I’m in!
Yes although creepy I’d keep reading
Ann Marie says
I can’t help myself! 😉
Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings says
So…. I have to cheat a bit. I finished this one a few days ago. I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers/mysteries lately, and I am kind of getting a little burnt out on them. BUT… The Chalk Man was probably one of the best I’ve read recently! Definitely keep on reading!
Ann Marie says
Oh, that’s great to hear. I’m so glad you liked it!