By: C.J. Tudor
“Never assume. Question everything. Always look beyhond the obvious”
In 1986, Eddie Adams and his friends Fat Gav, Hoppo, Metal Mickey and Nicky were just kids, going on adventures, heading to fairs, riding bikes, and drawing secret messages with chalk. The chalk men was their secret code, each having their own color so the other knew who wrote the message. One morning, they all woke up and found chalk drawings that led them to the park. They all followed chalk men drawings and found a dead girl.
Now it’s 2016, and Eddie and his friends all receive a letter with the same chalk man. One of the friends that no one has heard from in a while wounds up dead. Now, Eddie is trying to figure out exactly what happened in the past.
This story is told with alternating chapters of the past and the present. However, the chapters that are in the past is the reason that this isn’t a 5 star book for me. They are pretty boring. There is a lot of needless description, and the bits that do push the story forward are hidden in those chapters. I’m also getting really sick and tired of reading books with chapters that go back and forth between the past and the present. It definitely doesn’t feel unique anymore, and can no one write a linear novel?
There were a few twists that I didn’t seem coming, which is why I gave this book 4 stars. I prefer books where there are things that I cannot figure out, including what happened in the last chapter of the book! I definitely had a holy cow moment!
If you’re interested in reading this book, you can get it here.