Mini Reviews: The Chalk Man, The Glass Woman, The Wych Elm

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c85f2ff0-d7cd-4e2d-bc36-26801ca2a83a The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

We’ve done a buddy read with Nicki for this one, thanks for the company again. It was lovely!

The Chalk Man starts with a creepy epilogue, a body is in the woods, head missing. With this intriguing start we move to Eddie’s point of view. There are two timelines, 2016 with adult Eddie, and 1986 a child Eddie. I really liked the 1986 story line but wouldn’t say the same thing for 2016. During the read I felt like I wanted to skip 2016 parts and get to the bottom of what was going on in 1986. The ending was okay. I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t enjoy it as a thriller. I liked the 80’s vibe, also loved the style of writing. Would definitely read again from Tudor. 3.5 stars.

Would like to add some brilliant highlights from the book:

“Being an adult is only an illusion. When it comes down to it I’m not sure any of us ever really grow up.”

“Truth has a habit of simply being the truth. The only real choice you have is whether to believe it or not.”

“Love isn’t a choice. It’s a compulsion.”

The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea

dsdsdA well-written novel, however for me, the story was not original and I lost focus during the read. It felt like a combination of The Miniaturist and Rebecca set in 1600’s Iceland.

Rosa marries to a man and moves to another village, the only reason she agreed this marriage is to save her mother’s life, as the winter is harsh and the food is scarce. But her husband has secrets too. Everyone murmurs about the first wife. Will Rosa find out what really happened?

The plot for me, was a bit predictable and I’d have enjoyed this book more if it was shorter really. It sadly failed to be a memorable story for me. 2.5 stars. Thanks to the publisher, Michael Joseph for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Wych Elm by Tana French

adawdadd When I read Donna Tartt’s The Secret History I never understood why people liked it. I might be the only person in the world who didn’t enjoy it. I feel the same for Wych Elm. It’s good writing, and it is SO much similar to Secret History. The characters, the atmosphere (except the university!), the psychological tension. So if you liked Secret History don’t miss this.

Toby is a young man with a fine life, until one day he gets beaten to death and left with life changing injuries. Soon he moves in with a terminally ill relative, to take it easy with his own life and also take care of him.  One day during a family lunch they find something in the garden, in Wych Elm, that changes the dynamics of the family members.

This book confused me, I did find it baffling to read first about the attack to Toby, and how his life affected, then the plot took a turn with the find in Wych Elm, and I didn’t feel they tied up together really well. I felt like this book could have been shorter, and had skim read some parts, so sadly, another 2.5 stars. Thanks for the publisher, Penguin Viking for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I started The Glass Woman but found it a bit of a slog so it’s interesting reading your review. I’ve read a lot of glowing praise for it and thought it was just me!


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