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by Picador, 9 January 2018. ISBN 978-1-2501-5028-8 (HB)
From the publisher: 1982:
In an Edenic hamlet some ninety miles north of New York City, among craggy rock
cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three teenage friends - -
Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah - - are bound together by a terrible crime. 2008:
In New York City, living lives their younger selves never could have predicted,
the three meet again - - with even more devastating results. What really
happened in those woods twenty-six years ago?
to that question is not made clear to the reader until very near the end of
this novel, in what Patrick calls “the final part of a letter I’ll never send,”
followed by the words “August 18, 1982. The clearing. The truth.”
This is a
novel that displays varying emotions, including love, anger, and jealousy, and
abusive relationships, in a very affecting manner. Part I
begins from the p.o.v. of Patrick, whose nicknames includes Patch, the name he
is most frequently called in these pages. He is twelve years old as the
tale begins, which it does in a forest area, where his friend, Matthew, whose
nickname for Patrick is “Tricky,” who on the opening pages is shooting
Patrick’s Red Ryder BB gun into a tied-up Hannah, their friend, 49 times, the
forty-ninth and final time into and through her eye, leaving her of course
blind in that eye but, almost miraculously, alive, her left eye socket looking
“like it was housing a dark smashed plum.” Years later, he thinks back
and muses “How did that make me feel, having watched a girl tied to a tree and
shot forty-nine times? Flesh, blood, death.” Further thinking that
“at the time, Matthew just felt like an older brother to me - - even more so
than my actual older brother. I feared him and loved him in equal
chapter takes place in New York, in the year 2008. Patrick is 38 years
old and suddenly jobless. He is now married to Hannah, who tends to have
nightmares from which Patrick calms and soothes her. They have been
married for four years, and Hannah is a crime reporter. Patrick is a food
blogger and a gourmet chef. The story has twists and turns, with varying
chapters told from the p.o.v. of each of our protagonists, whose relationships
are complex, to say the least. This is a tale and characters the reader
won’t soon forget, and the novel is recommended.
Christopher J. Yateswas born
and raised in Kent and studied law at Oxford University before working as a
puzzle editor in London. He now lives in New York City with his wife and dog. Black Chalk was his debut novel.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.