Author: C. J. Tudor
Genre: Horror / Psychological Thriller
Format: Hardcover 352 pages
Release Date: 21 February 2019
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Today it is my great pleasure to join the blog tour for C. J. Tudor’s new novel ‘The Taking of Annie Thorne’. My thanks to Jenny Platt for the advance copy for review and for inviting me to join the tour. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Then . . .
One night, Annie went missing. Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after forty-eight hours, she came back. But she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say what had happened to her.
Something happened to my sister. I can’t explain what. I just know that when she came back, she wasn’t the same. She wasn’t my Annie.
I didn’t want to admit, even to myself, that sometimes I was scared to death of my own little sister.
Now. . .
The email arrived in my inbox two months ago. I almost deleted it straight away, but then I clicked OPEN:
I know what happened to your sister. It’s happening again . . .
I read C. J. Tudor’s previous book ‘The Chalk Man’ last year and really enjoyed it so I had a feeling I would enjoy ‘The Taking of Annie Thorne’ as well. I must say though, I enjoyed this book even more!
Joe Thorne returns to the small town of Arnhill to take up a teaching position at the school he attended as a boy. If you think he returned purely for the teaching position though you would be wrong as Joe has some unfinished business with the town and some of his old classmates who still live there.
Joe is one of those characters who has a lot of hidden secrets in his past, and throughout the book his secrets are slowly revealed as he encounters people from his past. The story provides the odd flashbacks to 1992 where we see Joe and his classmates playing around ‘the pitt’ where the old mines used to be.
I really enjoyed the pace of this book and the fact that the chapters are fairly short in length makes it really easy to get lost in the book and I kept saying to myself ‘just one more chapter’ and before I knew it I’d read into the night! Each chapter is left on such a cliff hanger it’s almost impossible not to read on.
There are some really creepy parts in this book and the authors descriptions allowed me to fully immerse myself in the surroundings. I loved the atmosphere the book created and I think the author has managed to strike the perfect balance between psychological thriller and horror here. These are two genres I love to read so for me this book is definitely a winner.
About the Author
C. J. Tudor lives with her partner and young daughter. Her love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert.
Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, dog walker, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and, now, author.
Her first novel, The Chalk Man, was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold in thirty-nine territories.
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