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The Hiding Place

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  21,009 ratings  ·  3,370 reviews
From the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man comes an unputdownable psychological thriller about a man who returns home to settle old scores—and uncovers a secret darker than he could have imagined.

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang—the betrayal, the suicide—and what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Crown
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Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The past isn’t real. It is simply a story we tell ourselves. And sometimes, we lie.

The result of my first foray into C.J. Tudor’s world, a story teetering on the precipice of being something truly great. One little nudge—or in this case, more in regards to the why—would have sent this novel toppling end-over-end into favorite territory.

If I’m being completely candid, had I known there was a supernatural aspect to the storyline, I never would have given this book a chance. I choose to while t
Chelsea Humphrey
"I don't believe in ghosts. My nan was fond of telling me, "It's not the dead you need to be scared of, love. It's the living." She was almost right. But I do believe you can still feel the echoes of bad things."

No one is as disappointed as I am that I’m having to write “that” review. I was sure this would be the easiest 5 stars given in 2018 (or 2019 based on publication), but unfortunately there were too many issues I couldn’t glance over. Between the unnecessary racism and prejudice of people
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
***Ms. Tudor has a new book coming out in February "The Other People" watch for it***

Well this one has taken me a bit of time to collect my thoughts. It is a quite a bit different from The Chalk Man, it has a much darker feel and mystical elements. I will also tell you that I will never look at a black beetle again without getting the shivers!

Once again there is a young man returning to the town he grew up in. Joe Thorne has a dual purpose to his return, he needs a job, teaching, and he will ne
"But that's all life ever is. A promise. Not a guarantee. We like to believe we have our place all set out in the future, but we only have a reservation. Life can be canceled at any moment, with no warning, no refund, no matter how far along you are in the journey. Even if you've barely had time to take in the scenery."

Who said you can never go home again? Well, Joe Thorne does! Home sweet home….errr...I mean, dreary, sad, dark, depressing, full of painful memories. Home. Joe thought he would ne
"You can still feel the echoes of bad things. They imprint on the fabric of our reality, like a footprint in concrete. Whatever made the impression is long gone, but you can never erase the mark it left."

Joe Thorne finds himself pulled back to his childhood hometown. A place filled with tragedy, regret and mystery. He walked away from Arnhill years ago, vowing never to look back. With his life in shambles, Joe finds himself back at the place where it all started to go wrong. Summoned by an a
This is CJ Tudor's follow up novel to her brilliant debut The Chalk Man, and it is a fantastic macabre horror mystery featuring Joe Thorne, a has-been teacher whose gambling addiction has transpired to burden him with debts that he cannot afford to pay off to the scary and menacing Fatman. Joe returns home to the old mining village of Arnhill in Nottinghamshire. Arnhill has a history of misfortune, with a failing Academy, a school where Joe has been taken on as a English teacher, a post he conne ...more
Mary Beth
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Julia had a history of depression. She just had a divorce from Ben's father. She had stopped her medication and requested a leave of absence and took Ben out of school. Then she bludgeoned her son to death before she blew her own head off. She wrote three words in blood on the wall of Ben's bedroom, NOT MY SON. Are these the actions of a mad woman or an unbalanced mind or is this something a lot more sinister?

Joe never wanted to return to his hometown, Arnhill. But he is really didn't have a cho
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

One of my favorite things about The Chalk Man was the writing. And it’s equally good here, in The Hiding Place. It’s not often I find myself highlighting phrases in a mystery. But that’s exactly what I’ve done with both of Tudor’s books.

Joe Thorne returns to his dismal home town of Arnhill and gets himself hired as a teacher. Joe’s not one to make friends. He’s hiding from folks outside of town, while taking on his old school friends in town. Joe, despite his numerous faults, is a character I c
Creepy with a hint of horror....
Joe Thorne returns to his hometown of Arnhill. A place he swore he would never return. And now, no one is exactly over-joyed to see him back in town. Joe is here looking for answers.
His sister disappeared at the age of 8, and when she returned days later she was never the same…there were others that also came back different.

This is the second book I’ve read by C.J. Tudor. While I wasn’t a huge fan of her previous work, The Chalk Man I was ready to try again. I r
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
My thanks to Crown Publishing, Netgalley, and the author C.J. Tudor for the chance to read and review this e-book. Truth is that I despised Ms. Tudors first book-Chalk Men. I felt it was an obvious theft of quite a few Stephen King books. I still feel that way. Yet, I thought I saw something in this author that would and could get better. So, not being a complete dumbkins, I decided to keep her in my radar. I'm glad I did! I really enjoyed this book. She's getting better at building her characte ...more
j e w e l s
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-bejeweled

For reasons beyond my comprehension, some novels get renamed and re-covered in the U.S., losing their original U.K. title and identity. Personally, I feel the original title, THE TAKING OF ANNIE THORNE is much more intriguing than the vanilla bland THE HIDING PLACE. But, nobody asked me. Also, I loved that original cover! It matches well with CJ Tudor’s brand and her previous hit, THE CHALK MAN.

Oh, well. Title and cover changes aside, this is one freakin’ fun and twisted spooky
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The unattainable.......

Those things beyond reach in life, never designated as ours.

Joe Thorne knows this wrong-end-of-the-stick phenomenon since the early days of his youth. The pieces of life's puzzle just don't seem to fit together. But something is drawing him back to his hometown. Arnhill in Nottinghamshire is just about the last place he'd like to hang his hat. Too many bad vibes and too many heavy memories that wind their way into your dreams at night like odorous trickles of swamp water.

Susanne  Strong
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.25 Stars (rounded down)

Dark and Foreboding.

Joe Thorne grew up in Arnhill. He has no happy memories of his childhood and never thought he’d return to Arnhill yet here he is. He got a job at Arnhill Academy replacing Julia Morton, the teacher who shot herself and killed her own son, Ben. Joe even rents out their cottage where it happened not believing in ghosts. He has his reasons.

Joe grew up with a gang of kids who were the town bullies and most still live in Arnhill. Something bad happened ba
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, C.J. Tudor, and Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

After the great success of her debut novel, C.J. Tudor returns with another psychological thriller that straddles two time periods to bring readers an enthralling novel. Joe Thorne left the village of Arnhill after a problematic childhood that included some tragic personal events. Now, armed with a teaching d
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4+ stars! Eerie and atmospheric!

Joe returns to the small town he grew up in to take a teaching position. He hasn’t been back in over twenty years as his childhood memories harbour plenty of painful secrets that he has tried hard to forget and move on from. A cryptic email is what inspires Joe to return to his past with the hopes of uncovering long buried lies and deceit.

This novel was pulsing with atmosphere and eeriness! From the Prologue to the very last sentence, I was gripped and nervous for
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The past isn't real.
It is simply a story we tell ourselves.
And sometimes, we lie."

This is one of those books that you cover your eyes with your hand while still looking through the space between your fingers, saying no, no, no, not that. It can't be THAT!

It only took me a few chapters to start comparing Tudor's writing style to that of Stephen King, and I mean that in the most flattering of ways.

I cannot believe the author is a woman. Now calm down feminists, this is a huge compliment. This st
Holly  B

I skipped this one last year after reading some mixed reviews from my GR friends, but after reading her latest, I just had to see which "side" I'd come out on!

For me this one was my least favorite, but her writing skills are so impressive that I found myself hooked on the mystery from the start.

The little creepy village, Arnhill, is like a character itself. BAD things seem to happen there, NOT a place I'd want to live!  But, Joe chooses to go back to this place, his childhood town.

This review is spoiler free (because I'm nice like that)

Before I say anything, let me tell y'all that I love CJ Tudor. I think her writing style is very unique and she does an incredible job in setting a very nostalgic and mysterious tone in her books. I've only read two books by her (because she's written only two lol) yet she is (one of) my all time favourite author.

Okay so the book starts off with the police discovering a corpse of a woman whose head is blown off and its chunks scattered all
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are no two ways around it - C.J. Tudor is a storyteller extraordinaire. She can write a terrifying tale, one that will burrow into the deepest recesses of your mind and have you frightened without being entirely sure why. It’s the creation of an overall atmosphere of fright and terror, and she excels at this.

Tudor once again skirts the line between horror and thriller in this sophomore book, similar genre-wise to her breakout debut, The Chalk Man (a MUST read!).

A personal favorite trait
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
This little nugget is my first book by C.J. Tudor, and I loved it! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Joe attended Arnhill school as a child along with his many friends. He does not have good memories of his time there and vowed not to return because he left under difficult circumstances…including a suicide and a murder; all on a bed of lies and deceit.

Now Joe HAS to return to Arnhill. Something bad has happened to another student, all eerily similar to what happened to Joe’s sister. He’s the only one who can get to
daph pink ♡
Mar 04, 2021 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
just bothering myself to read CJ TUDOR'S backlog!!
Joey R.
3.0 Stars— I noticed that many of my Goodreads friends had recently read “The Hiding Place” and gave it favorable reviews so I decided to read C.J. Tudor for the first time myself. Tudor is an English author who wrote “The Chalk Man” (which also got good reviews) so I really was looking forward to reading this one. The book started a little slow for me as Joe, the main character, moves back into the town where he grew up with an obvious agenda. Joe ends up having a lot of personal issues like ga ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

C. J. Tudor wrote The Chalk Man which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Because of that I couldn’t wait for her next book.

This one is just as good but in a very different way, more sinister, more creepy and definitely (on audio) it had its spine chilling moments.

I crossed from reading this on my kindle to listening to it on audio so that I could continue reading it yesterday in the car. Yes, I was hooked.

I think a lots been written already in reviews so I’m very reluctant to add more as I’m a great believer
First off, I want to say I don't want to miss anything C. J. Tudor writes. THE HIDING PLACE is her second novel just recently released and was just as good (for me) as her debut, THE CHALK MAN.

"Arnhill is a grim little village where lots of bad things have happened." AND.....they're happening again. You could say the town is cursed or perhaps it's just the ghosts of Joey's past that want him gone.

Joe Thorne grew up in Arnhill and has recently returned to fill an opening as an English teacher.

May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, library-book
After finishing The Hiding Place, I’m going with 2 stars on this.

It’s not that C.J. Tudor’s writing is bad, it’s that she’s not coming up with any original plots. Both The Chalk Man and The Hiding Place have plots that are so close to Stephen King books and characters, that I just can’t rate this any higher.

At least I know three things about the writing of C.J. Tudor.

1. She’s not bad. She’s able to write about interesting characters and the suspense is good in the books. I’m reading until the en
Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-thriller
Creepy, disturbing version of Pet Cemetery meets Lost Boys! I think I liked Chalk Man more but this book is also good. Especially last 30 pages are really captivating, I enjoyed it. 😊
Irena BookDustMagic
It’s been a long time since a book scared me. When I say long, I mean more then a decade long, and The Taking of Annie Thorne managed to do just that: scare me.
And what is even more interesting, I read the scene that made my heart jump while I was working. I think that tells you how invested in this story I was. I’ve even put my daily obligations aside.

C. J. Tudor is a well known author who wrote a novel called The Chalk Man. I haven’t read that book even though I’ve heard it was amazing.
3.5 Stars rounded down to 3.

Thank you to Crown Publishing who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.

When I read author C.J. Tudor's debut novel "The Chalk Man" I was blown away by her "Stephen King-like" writing style, where I had noticed she incorporated some very similar themes of King's into the book. Since I had eagerly devoured King's earlier works during the 70s and 80s, I appreciated Tudor's homage afforded to her famous predecessor. I rated "The Chalk Man" 5 stars and voted for i
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is better than other thrillers I’ve read lately but not spectacular. While the writing is solid the plot comes directly from a B horror film. A cheese-fest complete with skittering beetles. Spare me. I’ll chalk this up to thriller fatigue and return to reading the Churchill biography post-haste.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, fiction
I really struggled with what to say in this review as I didn’t care for this one. Is it the author’s writing style? Is it the storyline itself? I think it’s a bit of both. After reading The Chalk Man, I was left with questions that were never answered directly. Instead the reader was allowed to infer some things on their own which I found to be a novelty of sorts (even though it really isn’t, if that makes any sense). But now in her second offering, I find Tudor’s style to be more of a ploy. I w ...more
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C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter.

She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.

In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatc

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