(Good)Creepy, (good)creepy, (good)creepy.
Take the movie “Stand by Me” throw in “It” and you can kind of get an idea of what this novel is going to read like. The Chalk Man never loses the (good) creepiness element while making a lot of the violence (and oh, there is violence) appear off site. It is the story of a group of 12-year-old children that find themselves surrounded by adults that are not exactly what they appear to be, and tragedies that no one will talk about.
The story is told through the eyes of the novel’s protagonist, Eddie, who speaks as both his 12-year-old self and the adult he has become in alternating chapters. But what makes this novel work is the fact that you are never sure if Eddie is remembering what really happened, or what his 12-year-old self thought had happened.
At least, I was never sure. Still aren’t.