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The Taking of Annie Thorne

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,821 ratings  ·  879 reviews
The haunting new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man

'It's not the dead you need to be scared of, love. It's the living'

It arrived in my inbox just over a month ago. Surprising really that it didn't get shunted straight into junk.


Subject: Annie

'I know what happened to your sister. It's happening again.'

Because when m
Published February 21st 2019 by Michael Joseph (first published February 5th 2019)
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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 the
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
(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
"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 ano
"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
Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

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 never get over what happened to his little sister Annie. Once all is
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
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
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
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
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.

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
Susanne  Strong
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
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
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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
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 the
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.


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
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
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.
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
Jul 18, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sooo….my best advice before cracking the cover is take a deep breath. And prepare to be shoved into the deep end. If the prologue to this book doesn’t grab you, find a mirror. You might be in a coma.

Initially Arnhill seems like a million other small towns. Slightly faded, nothing much to do & everyone knows your business. It’s a place that inspires people to leave which is exactly what Joe Thorne did. But Joe’s reasons were a little more personal. There are 2 time lines that alternate &
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Having read C. J. Tudor’s first book, The Chalk Man, and really enjoying it I was quite looking forward to reading The Hiding Place. After finishing this one though this thriller just didn’t seem as thrilling to me as the first book.

Joe Thorne never wanted to return to his hometown of Arnhill after everything that had happened to him and his family growing up. Joe’s sister Annie had disappeared when Joe was a teen but she did come back but things were never the same. After getting an email that
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You didn't own this place. It might let you think so. Might even want you to think so. But that was how it got you. That was how it drew you down here. That was how it owned you."

Get ready to be unnerved and on edge. The Hiding Place is coming for you!

Oh my GAWWWDDD C.J Tudor does it again folks! With having loved her first book The Chalk Men... I had my doubts about loving this book too. But, I loved this just as much as her first book.

C.J reminds me in so many ways of Stephen King.... I love
Two for two for C.J. Tudor!

In January of last year, C.J. Tudor's debut, The Chalk Man ticked all the right spooky boxes, and earned a well-deserved 5 stars from me. So, you can imagine how much I was anticipating whatever Tudor penned next? And when the summary for The Taking of Annie Thorne was released, my anticipation tripled. Then, it skyrocketed, when I was selected to review an early digital copy. Halfway through the prologue I knew I was in for a treat. TTOAT is not only worthy of The Cha
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
4.5 stars

I didn't realize how much I missed a good story with a male protag until I read one!
It seems all the novels I have read for the past few months have been female dominated, so this was an unexpected pleasure.

I really like this author's writing style. I immediately got that feeling you get when you put on your favorite pair of sweats and settle down for the night....pure comfort. I felt the same way about Tudor's first book as well. (The Chalk Man)

There is a great story here, full of myst
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 scare you mightily stars

Now I know many of my book friends are not into thriller books, but honestly, the writing, the crispness, the nuances of the characters so well defined by Ms Tudor made this book a most impressive read.

"Life is not kind. Not to any of us, in the end. It adds weight to our shoulders, a heaviness in our stride. It tears away the things we care about and hardens our souls with regret."

Ah, the teenage years. They are such "fun." Just ask Joe. He will tell you. In this sto
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
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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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