The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

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It was all over the blogosphere when it first came out. When I saw it at my library, I realised I could give in to the hype and finally check it out.
Eddie and his friends are all people who have remained in their hometowns for varying reasons. The one thing they do not talk about is the chalk men they used to draw. Two of their tight-knit gang left, at different times, for different reasons.
We are not immediately told of the sequence of events that led to the current situation(s). It is shown to us as a dual timeline narrative, throwing hints at us on the way.
The atmosphere of distrust is very thick and mildly suffocating. All the people, their actions and the repercussions are not for the faint of heart. It is a dark book, and the ending surprised me, especially since I thought I caught a few hints scattered in the chapters earlier. I would have rated it higher if not for the convoluted side revelations. They might have added confusion for the central theme but left me dissatisfied about the things people would have to continue to hold back.
I think there have been quite a few books of this ilk since its release, but the writing works for the theme, and it is an otherwise easy read (if you only look at language and not the story itself).

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