'It's not the dead you need to be scared of, love. It's the living.'
It arrived in my inbox just over a month ago. Surprising really that it didn't get shunted straight into junk.
'I know what happened to your sister. It's happening again.'
Because when my sister was eight years old, she disappeared. At the time, I thought it was the worst thing that could ever happen.
And then she came back . . .
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Praise for The Chalk Man:
'If you like my stuff, you'll like this' STEPHEN KING
'Wonderfully creepy - like a cold blade on the back of your neck' LEE CHILD
'A tense gripper with a leave-the-lights-on shock ending' Sunday Times
'There are shades of Stephen King when the reality bends into the sinister, and a deliciously creepy finale' Daily Mail
'[I] haven't had a sleepless night due to a book in a long time. The Chalk Man changed that' FIONA BARTON, bestselling author of The Widow and The Child
C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter. Her love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert.
Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, dog walker, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and, now, author.
The Chalk Man is her first novel.