My 2018 reading challenge: What I read in October

November 3, 2018Hels

So, October was a slow month for me. I had quite a lot going on, and I didn’t get a chance to read as much as I wanted, but I’m not going to berate myself for not reading more!

67. The Chalk Man (C.J. Tudor) ⭐⭐⭐

Set in the small town of Anderbury, The Chalk Man tells the story of Ed and his friends, and the events surrounding their childhood. A terrible accident occurs at a town fair in 1986, when 12-year-old Ed meets Mr Halloran. He gives Ed the idea to use chalk drawings as a way to leave secret messages for his friends. This all seems like a fun game, until the chalk drawings lead the friends to a body.

I’d seen this book around a lot, and one of my friends kindly lent it to me. Of course, the story switches between the past and present, and there are numerous twists and turns. I think the first half of the story was great, there was plenty of suspense and chilling moments, but during the second half, the storyline seemed to just lose momentum a little. For me, there were a few too many twists that felt a bit forced. It’s an enjoyable read, but unfortunately not one of the best crime books I’ve read.

68. In Her Shadow (Mark Edwards) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Isabel seemed to have the perfect life, but four years ago she died. Her sister, Jessica, never doubted that it was an accident, but when Jessica’s young daughter Olivia starts mentioning Isabel and implies that she is talking to her, Jessica starts to question everything, and wonders if there was something more sinister involved.

I preordered this book as soon as I was able to. I’m a huge fan of Mark Edwards and was so excited to get my hands on this book, and it didn’t disappoint. I was kept guessing throughout the book, and the book was a great combination of creepy and chilling, but still believable. I really love how the author slips in little references to his other books – just brief mentions but they made me smile whenever I spotted them. It’s also set in Crystal Palace, which is really near where I live, so I loved being able to picture a lot of the places mentioned. This book is ideal for anyone who loves psychological thrillers.

 

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