The Hiding Place
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 the ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Joe never wanted to return to his hometown, Arnhill. But he is really didn't have a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. BADthings seem to happen there, NOT a place I'd want to live! But, Joe chooses to go back to this place, his childhood town.
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 ...more
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 the ...more
"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....more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
When Joe arrives back to his hometown of ...more
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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 ...more