My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Many Thanks to Net Galley, Penguin UK and C.J. Tudor for this outstanding book
The Taking Of Annie Thorne/ The Hiding Place is a sinister story with supernatural elements that chills and tingles the spine. What a brilliant 2nd book this turned out to be after The Chalk Man. C J Tudor has surely manage to create a genre that would appeal to all thriller lovers with a touch of supernatural.
Joe Thorne is returning to Arnhill, a dilapidated mining village whose residents look upon any new face with dislike and suspicion and the closed up pit mine serving as reminder of the lost glory. The atmosphere created by Tudor in showing the village is masterful, The rundown pub, the failing school in this deteriorating and desolate village everything comes alive in the minds of the reader. It’s been 25 years that Joe has escaped Arnhill but he’s forced to return and take up a job in the school due to his gambling debts but slowly the truth emerges and lots of twists and turns later we are sitting on tenterhooks to find out where the story is leading to.
Joe is flawed but he’s been struggling for 25 years and one can’t help but feel for his misfortunes. The truth of his sister Annie’s disappearance and return makes for some chilling and terrifying account.
Looking forward to read more by C J Tudor.
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