“We’re always giving ourselves time. Then, one day, it just runs out.”
The Chalk Man was one of those novels that started popping up everywhere I looked. It was on Pinterest, Facebook, my Amazon account, everywhere! People claimed it kept them up at night, that if you are only going to read one book this year (the horror of only reading one book in a year!!) it should be this one. Ooookay, consider my interest peaked. I caved in and purchased The Chalk Man.
Personally, I thought it started out slow, and remained slow. As readers, we follow Ed’s story, from when he was a twelve year old, to the present time of 2016. There was a theme in this book of digging up the past. This seems to be a common theme in books I’m reading lately. This one was laced with a bit more mature themes, sad and serious. Ed came across more than any 12-year-old boy should.
The end left me sad…. in fact, the entire book left me feeling moody and unsatisfied, which may have been the point. It was a well-written novel, and everything seemed to come to a close, but it didn’t seamlessly come together. I suppose, such is the way in life. However, I wouldn’t say it ever kept me up at night, and I would definitely not say if you are only going to read one book this year, make it this book.
All that being said, I did enjoy the read. The characters developed well, the story was full of twists, and I thought it was interesting to flip back to when Ed was 12 to when he was an adult, looking back at what all he was exposed to but may not have understood at that point of his life.