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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

About the Author

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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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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