The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret 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, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.
Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with former friends who are none too happy to have him back in town–while avoiding the enemies he’s made in the years since–is tougher. But the hardest part of all will be returning to that abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life changed forever, and finally confronting the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister, and himself. Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn’t the day his sister went missing. It was the day she came back.
…when my sister was eight years old she disappeared. At the time I thought it was the worst thing in the world that could ever happen. And then she came back.”
This book proves without a shadow of a doubt that The Chalk Man wasn’t a fluke, C.J. Tudor is the real deal.
If you enjoyed The Chalk Man then you are going to love this one, and in my humble opinion this one blows her first book right out of the water!
This book is quite hard to review without spoilers. There are defiantly touches of Stephen King’s IT as well as another of his classics in the plot lines but I don’t want to say which other of King’s books for fear of giving the game away so to speak!
This is proper old school horror, the right amount of mystery, suspense and creepiness crawling off the pages to get your senses tingling with anticipation and the obligatory plot twist that sends your head spinning.
There is a dry sense of humour speckled within and our household has now got a new favourite expression – “Bum Bogie” I can safely say I had never heard that before!
The characters are all well written as is the sense of a place which sucks you up and dumps you out in Arnhill, then holds you hostage until the last page has been turned.
Be prepared to lose some sleep!
Fans of Stephen King, Steve Cavanagh and Dean Koontz or even just fans of horror and thrillers this is a book not to be missed, this one is going to be on a lot of ‘Best Books of 2019’ lists already!
The Taking of Annie Thorne will be published in the UK on 21 February 2019 and can be pre ordered now below.