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The Chalk Man

(2018)
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Awards
Barry Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
"Want to read something good?. . . If you like my stuff, you'll like this." - Stephen King . WINNER OF THE ITW THRILLER AWARD . WINNER OF THE STRAND MAGAZINE AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT NOVEL

A riveting psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game gone dangerously awry, and will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking ending


In 1986, Eddie and his friends are on the verge of adolescence, spending their days biking in search of adventure. The chalk men are their secret code, stick figures they draw for one another as hidden messages. But one morning the friends find a chalk man leading them to the woods. They follow the message, only to find the dead body of a teenage girl.

In 2016, Eddie is nursing a drinking problem and trying to forget his past, until one day he gets a letter containing a chalk man - the same one he and his friends saw when they found the body. Soon he learns that all his old friends received the same note. When one of them is killed, Eddie realizes that saving himself means figuring out what happened all those years ago. But digging into the past proves more dangerous than he could have known. Because in this town, everyone has secrets, no one is innocent, and some will do anything to bury the truth.

Praise for The Chalk Man

"Wonderfully creepy - like a cold blade on the back of your neck." - Lee Child

"An assured debut that alternates between 1986 and 2016 with unpredictable twists. The Chalk Man fits well with other stories about troubled childhoods such as Stephen King's novella Stand by Me. . . . Tudor never misses a beat in showing each character as both a child and an adult while also exploring the foreboding environs of a small town." - Associated Press

"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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

"If you can't get enough of psychological thrillers with sharp twists and turns, you need to read The Chalk Man" - Hello Giggles

"I haven't had a sleepless night due to a book for a long time. The Chalk Man changed that." - Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow

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: Ulverscroft
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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)
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January 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Chalk Man: A Novel
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July 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Chalk Man: A Novel
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Title: The Chalk Man: A Novel
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Title: The Chalk Man: A Novel
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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
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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)
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Chalk Man
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ISBN: 0-385-69007-X / 978-0-385-69007-2 (USA edition)
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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)
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Audio Editions

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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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)
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January 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Chalk Man
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January 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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January 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Chalk Man
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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)
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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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January 2018 : Canada 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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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 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Chalk Man: A Novel
Author(s): C J Tudor
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January 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Chalk Man: A Novel
Author(s): C J Tudor
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