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Black Chalk

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Black Chalk
By Christopher J. Yates

Trafa lgar Square Publishing
Retail Price $17.95
Amazon Price: $13.44

Book Description: 

A compulsively readable psychological thriller set in New York and at Oxford University, in which a group of six students play an elaborate game of dares and consequences with tragic results
One game. Six students. Five survivors. It was only ever meant to be a game played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University; a game of consequences, silly forfeits, and childish dares. But then the game changed: the stakes grew higher and the dares more personal and more humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results. Now, 14 years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round. Who knows better than your best friends what would break you? A gripping psychological thriller partly inspired by the author’s own time at Oxford University, this is perfect for fans of The Secret History and The Bellwether Revivals. The author’s background in puzzle writing and setting can clearly be seen in the plotting of this clever, tricky book that will keep readers guessing to the very end.

Review

This book was dark and creepy, so don’t read it unless you like that type of novel.  The plot was interesting  and enticing with six best friends who know each other well and that became their downfall. At the beginning, they seemed so young and naive, full of themselves, living like nothing could touch them.  Then their friendship spiraled into darkness and betrayal.  It makes clear  that those closest to you can do the most damage.  The writing flowed pretty well, and it was easy to follow the different subplots.  It was a good read.

~Reviewed by Dave H.

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