The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review: THE CHALK MAN by C. J. Tudor
A glorious mystery/thriller/coming of age novel, THE CHALK MAN is at once both riveting and engaging. The narrative interweaves the first person viewpoint (limited first-person) of our protagonist at 12, and at 42. Ed Adams is all in all an imperfect character, but his constant self-awareness of his faults renders him all the more likeable. At 12, he and his cronies are still primarily innocents, poised near the cliff's edge of adulthood. At 42, he looks around himself and mourns all that has never materialized. But even at 12, these boys are exposed to "adult" issues: tragedy, death, murder, hatred, fear. They don't always understand but they have to live it anyway. With this talented author, we live it all too.
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