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The Chalk Man

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
'If you like my stuff, you'll like this' Stephen King

A DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR - 'A frighteningStephen King-esque coming-of-age story cum murder mystery. With new crime writers this dark, the future is bright'
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It was only meant to be a game . . .

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?

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, ALSO SHORTLISTED FOR A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD & THE STEEL DAGGER, BEST THRILLER AWARD . . .

'A must-read' Daily Express

'A tense gripper with a leave-the-lights-on shock ending' Sunday Times

'Deliciously creepy with a side order of Eighties nostalgia' Good Housekeeping

'Plenty of plot twists and an evocative portrait of small-town-life in the 1980s . . . a riveting read' Guardian

'There are shades of Stephen King when the reality bends into the sinister, and a deliciously creepy finale' Daily Mail

'Wonderfully creepy - like a cold blade on the back of your neck' LEE CHILD

'It's a very clever story - you'll love it!' Joanna Cannon

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"The Chalk Man 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." - David Bell

"Kept me up until five in the morning. Wonderfully written. I loved it!" - Kimberley Chambers

"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!" - Claire Douglas

"Utterly Hypnotic. The Chalk Man is a dream novel, a book of nightmares: haunted and haunting, shot through with shadow and light - a story to quicken the pulse and freeze the blood. A dark star is born." - A J Finn

"Impossible to put down, cleverly constructed and executed." - Ragnar Jónasson

"Tense, skillful storytelling." - Ali Land

"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." - James Oswald

"The Chalk Man is an intricate and surprising book that will reward the reader who approaches it with the attention it deserves." - Thomas Perry

"What a great book. A twisty thriller and downright creepy ending. 5 stars." - Sarah Pinborough

"Absolutely brilliant. I was enthralled from start to finish. 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." - C L Taylor


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Hardback Editions

October 2018 : UK Hardback

Title: The Chalk Man
Author(s): C J Tudor
ISBN: 1-4448-3840-7 / 978-1-4448-3840-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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January 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Chalk Man: The Sunday Times bestseller. The most chilling book you'll read this year
Author(s): C J Tudor
ISBN: 0-7181-8743-1 / 978-0-7181-8743-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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January 2018 : Hardback
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Title: The Chalk Man: A Novel
Author(s): C J Tudor
ISBN: 1-5247-6098-6 / 978-1-5247-6098-4
Publisher: Crown
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Paperback Editions

January 2019 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Chalk Man
Author(s): C J Tudor
ISBN: 1-4000-2691-1 / 978-1-4000-2691-3 (USA edition)
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December 2018 : Paperback
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Title: The Chalk Man: A Novel
Author(s): C J Tudor
ISBN: 1-5247-6099-4 / 978-1-5247-6099-1
Publisher: Broadway Books
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August 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Chalk Man: The Sunday Times bestseller. The most chilling book you'll read this year
Author(s): C J Tudor
ISBN: 1-4059-3095-0 / 978-1-4059-3095-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Chalk Man: The Sunday Times bestseller. The most chilling book you'll read this year
Author(s): C J Tudor
ISBN: 0-7181-8744-X / 978-0-7181-8744-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Chalk Man
Author(s): C J Tudor
ISBN: 0-385-69007-X / 978-0-385-69007-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Chalk Man: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): C J Tudor
ISBN: 0-525-59001-3 / 978-0-525-59001-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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Audio Editions

February 2018 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Chalk Man
Author(s): C J Tudor
ISBN: 1-4450-7104-5 / 978-1-4450-7104-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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February 2018 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Chalk Man
Author(s): C J Tudor
ISBN: 1-4450-7103-7 / 978-1-4450-7103-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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January 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Chalk Man
Author(s): C J Tudor
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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January 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Chalk Man
Author(s): C J Tudor
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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January 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Chalk Man
Author(s): C J Tudor
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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January 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Chalk Man
Author(s): C J Tudor
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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January 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Chalk Man: A Novel
Author(s): C J Tudor
ISBN: 0-525-52638-2 / 978-0-525-52638-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Chalk Man: A Novel
Author(s): C J Tudor
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

January 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Chalk Man: The Sunday Times bestseller. The most chilling book you'll read this year
Author(s): C J Tudor
Publisher: Penguin
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January 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Chalk Man
Author(s): C J Tudor
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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January 2018 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Chalk Man: A Novel
Author(s): C J Tudor
Publisher: Broadway Books
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