The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Originally published on January 09, 2018
“Although I’ve found it’s not cares that wear you down but worries and regrets.”
“Some women are like that. Unusual, even strange-looking, at first glance, but then a smile or a subtle cock of an eyebrow transforms them.”
“Often, what comes with age is not wisdom but intolerance.”
“I had started to notice how careless people were; like they didn’t realize how important it was to hold on to things or they could be gone forever.”
“There are some things in life you can alter–your weight, your appearance, even your name–but there are others that wishing and trying and working hard can never make any difference to. Those things are the ones that shape us. Not the things we can change, but the ones we can’t.”
“There’s something about pictures done by someone with talent. Anyone can copy something and make it look like the thing they’re copying, but it takes something else to bring a scene, to bring people, to life.”
“That’s how it is when you’re kids. You can let things go. It gets harder as you get older.”
“History itself is only ever a story, told by the ones who survive it.”
“We’re all just pretending to be civilized, when, deep down, we’re not.”
“Death was final and absolute and there was nothing anyone could do to change it.”
“I learned that there are some things you can never put right.”
“Friends, you can cut loose. Family, you never lose. They’re always there, in the background, screwing with your mind.”
“There’s nothing like dealing with a drunk to put you off the idea of getting wasted yourself.”
“People can hurt you without even realizing they’re doing it.”
“But just because you know someone is trying to make you mad doesn’t mean you can stop yourself rising to it.”
“And you can’t fight crazy. Crazy always wins.”
“Most people have done bad stuff at some point in their lives, stuff they wish they could take back, stuff they regret. We all make mistakes. We all have good and bad in us. Just because someone does one terrible thing, should that overshadow all the good things they’ve done? Or are there some things so bad that no good act can redeem them?”
“What shapes us is not always our achievements but our omissions. Not lies; simply the truths we don’t tell.”
“There are some girls mums will never like, and of course they are exactly the sort of girls you will always fall head over heels in love with.”
“I hand the cigarette to him. Then I light mine and pass over the lighter. The first drag makes me feel a bit dizzy, a bit sick and a bit fucking fantastic.”
“The thing you have to understand is that being a good person isn’t about singing hymns, or praying to some mythical god. It isn’t about wearing a cross or going to church every Sunday. Being a good person is about how you treat others. A good person doesn’t need a religion, because they are content within themselves that they are doing the right thing.”
“We think we want answers. But what we really want are the right answers. Human nature. We ask questions that we hope will give us the truth we want to hear. The problem is, you can’t choose your truths. The only real choice you have is whether to believe it or not.”
“You know what someone once told me? Secrets are like arseholes. We all have them. It’s just that some are dirtier than others.”
“Being solitary can lead to introspection.”
“Love isn’t a choice. It’s a compulsion. I know that now. But perhaps, sometimes, you should choose. Or, at least, choose not to fall in love. Fight it, take yourself away from it.”
“When it comes down to it I’m not sure any of us ever really grow up. We simply grow taller and hairier. Sometimes, I still feel amazed that I am allowed to drive a car, or that I have not been found out for drinking in the pub.”
“That’s the thing with adults. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you say; they only hear what they want to hear.”
“I guess, in real life, there are no happy endings, just messy, complicated ones.”
“No one ever found any answers at the bottom of a bottle. Not the point, of course. The point of reaching the bottom of the bottle is generally to forget the questions.”
“People say there’s nothing stronger than love. They’re right. That’s why the worst atrocities are always committed in its name.”
“We’re always giving ourselves time. Then, one day, it just runs out.”
Goodreads Synopsis: You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you.
It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran – the Chalk Man.
He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.
Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.
Is history going to repeat itself?
Was it ever really over?
Will this game only end in the same way?
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense
My Rating: 2/5