The Chalk Man opening line: The girl’s head rested on a small pile of orange-and-brown leaves.
Eddie, Hoppo, Fat Gav, Metal Mickey and Nicky are a gang of friends doing what kids do. They ride their bikes, hang out together and sometimes they explore the woods. Then Fat Gav gets a bucket of Chalk for his birthday and they find a great way of communicating with one another. They use Chalk Figures in different colours. But then Chalk Men start to appear that they haven’t drawn and they don’t signify anything good.
Looking back, it all started on the day of the fair and the terrible accident. When twelve-year-old Eddie first met the Chalk Man. It was the Chalk Man who gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages between his group of friends. And it was fun, to start with, until the figures led them to the body of a young girl.That was thirty years ago and Ed thought the past was behind him. Then he receives a letter containing just two things: a piece of chalk, and a drawing of a stick figure.As history begins to repeat itself, Ed realises the game was never over…Everyone has secrets.Everyone is guilty of something.And children are not always so innocent.
An excellent first novel which will leave you wondering how all the loose threads tie together. Well written and moves seamlessly between 1986 and 2016.