Black Chalk

Black Chalk

3.22 (9,076 ratings by Goodreads)

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One game. Six students. Five survivors.

It was only ever meant to be a game.

A game of consequences, of silly forfeits, childish dares. A game to be played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University. But then the game changed: the stakes grew higher and the dares more personal, more humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results.

Now, fourteen years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 245g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0099581620
  • 9780099581628
  • 99,669

Review Text

A compulsive page-turner that will hold your attention until the very last word
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Review quote

An inventive and intricate psychological puzzle thriller that mystifies, torments, disturbs, beguiles... a powerfully intelligent debut -- Marcel Berlins * The Times * A compulsive page-turner that will hold your attention until the very last word -- Natasha Harding * Sun * Sinister, addictive and unpredictable - this is a novel to be devoured greedily, at speed, but one that will leave its footprint on your memory for far longer -- Natasha Lunn * Red * Yates's take on the collegiate thriller lives up to early comparisons to Donna Tartt's The Secret History... filled with gleeful malevolence * Grazia * [A] chilling debut...this is a thriller, a cautionary tale and a sobering exploration of unintended consequences rolled into one * Daily Mail * Black Chalk grabs from the get-go... Yates plots with tantalizing skill -- Ellen Shapiro * People * This addictive psychological thriller will have you hooked from start to game over * Stylist * Compelling -- John O'Connell * Guardian * A truly chilling thriller, with campus-fun-gone-wrong echoes of Donna Tartt's The Secret History * Psychologies * A very exciting debut - like The Secret History, but so much creepier... This is intellectually challenging psychological thriller writing at a high level * Shots Mag *
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About Christopher J. Yates

Christopher J. Yates studied law at Wadham College, Oxford from 1990-93 and initially pursued a career in law before he began working in puzzles, representing the UK at the World Puzzle Championships. Since then he has worked as a freelance journalist, sub-editor and puzzles editor/compiler. In 2007 he moved to New York City with his wife, and currently lives in the East Village.
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Rating details

9,076 ratings
3.22 out of 5 stars
5 11% (1,032)
4 28% (2,566)
3 37% (3,389)
2 17% (1,565)
1 6% (524)
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