Thank You very much to the publisher – Michael Joseph and NetGalley for the review copy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller / Horror
Release date: 23 01 2020
Price*: Kindle £4.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £9.95 (GBP)
Kindle $13.99 (USD)/ Hardback $27.00 (USD)
Pages: ~ 416
My rating: 10/10
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What I learned from this book: That fatherly love can be as strong as mother’s one.
Description of the book: She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .
Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window.
She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’
It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy.
He never sees her again.
Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead.
Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them.
Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice . . .
How this book made me feel: I read The Taking Of Anne Thorne (Review here) by C.J. Tudor and fell in love with her writing. The Chalk Man is on my TBR, and I hope to get to it ASAP. 🙂 As for now, I can see that C.J. Tudor becomes better with every book she writes. ❤
This story is told from multiple perspectives, but I think Gabe is the protagonist of this novel. He is absolutely crushed man, his wife was murdered, and his daughter is missing, even though everyone tries to convince Gabe that Izzy is dead, Gabe refuses to accept it, because he saw her that day in the rusty car. There are many various characters in this book, and they tell their own stories, but it is incredible how the author knitted their stories into one, a beautiful and absorbing masterpiece. The characters are so complex and intriguing. In the beginning, I was left guessing, why this random service station waitress is sharing her life story? But the more I read, the more addicted I got. 😀 I loved to get to know each and every character in this book. 🙂
The narrative is amazingly entwined. I really don’t know how the author was able to pull it off. 😀 It has everything, magical powers, mysticism, complicated family relationships, suspense and plenty of turns and twists. For me it is quite hard to put this book into one genre, it crosses so many of them. The plot never left me bored, Gabe’s thoughts throughout his chapters, were like peace before the storm, there were always surprises lurking in every chapter and I loved that.
The setting of this novel always keeps changing, depending on the character. The writing style of this book was impeccable. She chose perfect characters and weaved a perfect plot. The chapters have a very decent length and the whole book just flew by for me. The ending rounded the story very nicely, and I was very satisfied with the outcome.
So, to conclude, this book is already in my TOP 10 of this year because it is filled with complex characters, very dark and intriguing plot, that kept me guessing, absorbed and absolutely hooked. C.J. Tudor is a Master of what she does, and I can not recommend her books enough. I will be waiting for more because I am dying to know how the author will top this one.
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: C. J. Tudor lives with her partner and young daughter. Her love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert.
Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, dog walker, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and, now, author.
Her first novel, The Chalk Man, was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold in thirty-nine territories.
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CJTudorOfficial/?ref=br_rs / Twitter: @cjtudor
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