The Chalk Man: A Novel

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“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

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

A riveting and relentlessly compelling 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 just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.
     In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he's put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.
     That's when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.
Expertly alternating between flashbacks and the present day, The Chalk Man is the very best kind of suspense novel, one where every character is wonderfully fleshed out and compelling, where every mystery has a satisfying payoff, and where the twists will shock even the savviest reader.
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About the author

C. J. TUDOR lives in Nottingham, England, with her partner and three-year-old daughter. Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voice-over, and dog walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn't miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much. The Chalk Man is her first novel.
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Publisher
Crown
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Published on
Jan 9, 2018
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781524761004
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang--the betrayal, the suicide, the murder--and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn't have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe's sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with former friends who are none too happy to have him back in town--while avoiding the enemies he's made in the years since--is tougher. But the hardest part of all will be returning to that abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life changed forever, and finally confronting the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister, and himself. Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn't the day his sister went missing.

It was the day she came back.

With the same virtuosic command of character and pacing she displayed in The Chalk Man, C. J. Tudor has once again crafted an extraordinary novel that brilliantly blends harrowing psychological suspense, a devilishly puzzling mystery, and enough shocks and thrills to satisfy even the most seasoned reader.
The instant New York Times Bestseller (January 2018)!

"A fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller" —New York Times Book Review

"Buckle up, because you won't be able to put this one down." —Glamour

"Jaw dropping. Unforgettable. Shocking." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The best domestic suspense novel since Gone Girl." —In Touch Weekly

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

A 2018 Indie Next Pick | One of Glamour Magazine's Best Books of 2018 | One of Hello Giggles' 19 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

Praise for The Wife Between Us:

"Fiendishly clever...in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing." —Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Stars are Fire

“A clever thriller with masterful twists.” – Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Kept Woman

"The Wife Between Us delivers a whip smart, twisty plot in a taut, pacy narrative. It's terrific and troubling. This is one scary love triangle where you won't know who to trust. I loved it." –Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew

"A twisty, mind-bending novel about marriage and betrayal. A gripping plot and fascinating characters; this book will keep you turning the pages and guessing until the very end. A must-read!" –Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada

“This amazing story gallops along at breakneck speed, with an ending that smacks you between the eyes and takes your breath away. These authors are destined to become trail blazers in the field of psychological suspense books that explode in your hands!” —Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault

“Like a house of mirrors, The Wife Between Us kept me guessing around every corner, delving into the complexities of marriage, friendship, and obsession.” —Javier Ramirez, The Book Table

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“A captivating family saga.”—The New York Times Book Review

“You won’t be able to put it down.”—The Skimm (Skimm Reads Pick)

“This literary family saga is perfect for fans of Celeste Ng and Donna Tartt.”—People Magazine (Book of the Week)

“A sprawling, enchanting family saga.”—Entertainment Weekly (The Must List)

A dazzling family love story reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You from a novelist heralded by Lorrie Moore as a “great new talent.”

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.
«¿Quieres leer algo bueno? Si te gusta lo que escribo, te gustará El Hombre de Tiza, de C. J. Tudor.»
STEPHEN KING

Hay juegos que solo tienen un final posible.

Un thriller oscuro e inteligente.

Echando la vista atrás, todo comenzó el día del terrible accidente durante la feria, cuando Eddie, de doce años, conoció al Hombre de Tiza.

Fue el Hombre de Tiza quien le dio la idea de los dibujos: una manera de dejar mensajes secretos entre el grupo de amigos.

Fue divertido hasta que los dibujos condujeron al cuerpo sin vida de una niña.

Sucedió hace treinta años y Ed pensaba que todo había quedado olvidado.

Sin embargo, recibe una carta que contiene solo dos cosas: una tiza y el dibujo de un muñeco.

La historia serepite y Ed se da cuenta de que el juego en realidad nunca terminó...

Todos tenemos secretos.
Todos somos culpables de algo.
Y los niños no son siempre tan inocentes.

La crítica ha dicho...
«Stephen King habla de ella, las ventas son estratosféricas... Todo gracias a un único libro, El Hombre de Tiza, una aterradora y brillante novela.»
El Mundo

«La británica C. J. Tudor se estrena a lo grande con El Hombre de Tiza, intriga sustentada en los fantasmas de la niñez, que puede ser un tiempo oscuro.»
La Vanguardia

«Una intriga psicológica brillante y bien resuelta.»
Lluís Fernández, La Razón

«Un nuevo gran talento. Tensión pura, un final escalofriante, magníficos personajes, giros inesperados... Poco más se le puede pedir a un buen thriller.»
Revista Mía

«Los capítulos alternan entre pasado y presente, mostrándonos la infancia de los protagonistas y sus aventuras infantiles, hecho que me ha recordado mucho a It de Stephen King.»
Blog Viaja gracias a los libros

«El Hombre de Tiza es una lectura que atrapa y dará mucho que hablar. La historia, llena de misterio, es muy recomendable y sorprenderá a más de uno con las inesperadas revelaciones que se van sucediendo a lo largo del libro.»
Blog Fly with paper wings

«Un libro que sorprende con una trama llamativa e inquietante, una historia que te encantará leer y no soltarás hasta que termines.»
Blog Estoy entre páginas

«Muy bien escrita, recomendable para pasar buenos ratos, ahora y hace tres décadas. No os la perdáis.»
Blog Mis queridos sabuesos

«Este libro es uno de esos libros que me mantuvo despierta más de la cuenta y me enganchó desde el primer capítulo. Que se vaya alternando pasado y presente hace que la lectura sea más adictiva.»
Blog Vera Books

«El Hombre de Tiza es una novela con una ambientación de suspense y misterio que consigue sorprender al lector por sus acontecimientos de impacto.»
Blog La estantería de Cho

«Gracias a una prosa fluida y sencilla la novela se convierte en una lectura rápida y elocuente, un pasapáginas con un ritmo en todo momento sostenido, que juega hábilmente con la tensión anticipada por medio de ganchos al final de cada capítulo alternando pasado y presente.»
Blog Sagacomic

«Una excelente trama que ha conseguido sorprenderme con unas páginas finales totalmente imprevisibles y que demuestran que la autora tiene mano.»
Blog El templo de la lectura

«Es una trama que ha conseguido sorprenderme con unas páginas finales imprevisibles y con una voz narrativa que transmite muy bien la intriga y los miedos de su personaje.»
Blog Érase un libro

«Una historia muy bien escrita y bajo la que subyacen otros temas como el aborto, las agresiones sexuales, el maltrato o el alzhéimer.»
Blog Mis lecturas

«Es uno de los thrillers que me ha gustado más, la elegancia, la paciencia, el misterio, la tensión, las situaciones en las que se ven envueltos.»
Blog de una lectora

«Una idea original y un sendero de tiza que conduce hasta crímenes sin resolver vividos por un grupo de niños marcados por la tragedia. Y a veces ese es el mayor enemigo.»
Blog El cuervo de las alas rotas

Hi ha jocs que només tenen un final possible.

Un thriller obscur i intel·ligent.

Tot va començar el dia del terrible accident durant la fira, quan l'Eddie, amb dotze anys, va conèixer l'Home de Guix.

Va ser l'Home de Guix qui li va donar la idea dels dibuixos: una manera de deixar-se missatges secrets entre la colla d'amics.

Va ser divertit fins que els dibuixos van conduir-los al cos sense vida d'una nena.

Allò va passar fa trenta anys, i l'Ed pensava que tot havia quedat en l'oblit.

Tanmateix, ara rep una carta que conté únicament dues coses: un guix i el dibuix d'un ninot.

La història es repeteix i l'Ed s'adona que el joc, en realitat, mai no va acabar...

Tots tenim secrets.
Tots som culpables d'alguna cosa.
I els nens no són sempre tan innocents com sembla.

La crítica ha dit...
«Tensió pura amb un final d'aquets que t'obliguen a deixar el llum encès tota la nit. Una primera novel·la sorprenent.»
Sunday Times

«Magnífics personatges, girs inesperats i un retrat evocador de la vida en una petita ciutat dels anys vuitanta... Una lectura fascinant.»
The Guardian

«Lectura obligatòria. No podràs deixar anar aquesta meravellosa novel·la que el mantindrà despert tota la nit. Un thriller intrigant que et sorprendrà en més d'un moment i et farà recordar al mestre Stephen King.»
Daily Expres

«És difícil de creure que aquesta sigui la primera novel·la de C.J. Tudor. L'escriptura i el final es dels que et produeixen calfreds.»
The Sun

«Aquest increïble thriller ho té tot: gust nostàlgic, lluïssor, humor i pols... Una primera novel·la d'un nou i grandiós talent.»
The Sunday Mirror

«La prosa és notable; el ritme ràpid, i la trama té força. Hi ha reminiscències d'Stephen King perquè la realitat es barreja amb allò sinistre. I un deliciós i aterrador final...»
Daily Mail

«La novel·la està molt ben escrita i tramada. Tudor és molt bona fent servir girs i sorpreses que no veus venir. Vaig saltar tantes vegades mentre la llegia que podria haver estat assegut en una cadira feta de cactus.»
The Sunday Expres

Els lectors opinen...
«No podia tancar el llibre! Personatges misteriosos, fets esgarrifosos, secrets d#una petita ciutat... Em va recordar ràpidament a It d'Stephen King.»

«No van deixar d'aparèixer sorpreses fins a l'última pàgina.»

«La nostàlgia dels anys vuitanta i els personatges em van fer connectar de seguida amb la sèrie Stranger Things. Et fa perdre l'equilibri. Agafa el llibre amb les dues mans.»

«Excel·lent. T'atrapa i et manté despert tota la nit jugant amb la teva ment.»

«Un dels meus llibres preferits d'aquest any. M'encanta Stephen King i aquest llibrecapta magistralment l'horror del que els seus llibres estan plens. Absolutament meravellós.»

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