Insufferable. I made it through about 75 pages before I gave up. Switching between the present and the past, Black Chalk tells the story of "One Game, Six Students, Five Survivors." This premise sounds intriguing, but the characters are thoroughly unlikable. Jolyon, who begins the novel comes off as a whiner and his musings are torturous. The flashbacks are slightly more engaging, but switching back and forth between the two advances the story extremely slowly. I just couldn't stomach it for long. I really didn't care which student didn't live nor did I care to find out more about what happened fourteen years ago when they were all playing "the game." Sorry, NPR, you let this one slip through.
Reviewed by Teresa G on Dec 4, 2016
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