A little bit Stand By Me, a little bit Mystic River, The Chalk Man delivers mystery, suspense, and horror in a tight story with no loose ends.
Alternating between 1986 and 2016, the protagonist, Eddie, is still haunted by violence that he witnessed the summer when he was 12. He and his friends discovered the body of a dead girl in the woods, and chalk drawings of stick men lead them right to the site of her murder. The circumstances of the crime seem obvious to police, but evidence comes to light 30 years later that puts all of the pieces together, and Eddie figures out the police had it all wrong. There is also the added nightmare of Eddie seeing the chalk men. When the drawings of chalk men appear, something bad is going to happen.
It’s suspenseful, often frightening, and always exciting. The Chalk Man is a captivating thriller with enough drama to give it some substance. The pacing makes the pages fly, and I looked forward to reading this book every time I had the chance to crack it open.
Many thanks to bloggingforbooks.com for this advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
Wow. Just, wow.
This memoir is a page-turner from start to finish, and I appreciated that it wasn’t structured chronologically, but rather followed Kelly’s storytelling with flashbacks and flashforwards to create a riveting narrative.
Endurance is not just about Kelly’s time on the ISS, but also delves into the training that led up to his becoming an astronaut. All of Kelly’s experiences, from his time as an EMT on an ambulance to his career in the military flying fighter jets, contributed to his skill of calm focus in the face of extremes necessary to command the ISS. He also gives credit to those who molded and guided him on his journey, including his mom, who became the first female police officer in their home town of West Orange, New Jersey.
As “civilians,” we’re fortunate to have this intimate glimpse into day-to-day life in space, and how the astronaut-adventurers come together to handle adversities, from space walk repairs to those dreaded phone calls from earth that something may be wrong with their loved ones back home. Endurance provides food for thought about our relationships with other nations and how precious our home planet truly is.
I had to carry a book of tape flags with me while reading this because I had to mark so many eye-opening passages that I didn’t want to forget. I tortured my family with expositions and factoids that began, “Listen to this, I read in Scott Kelly’s book . . . ”
Without a doubt, you want to read this.
Many thanks to BookishFirst and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for the copy in exchange for my honest review.