The Taking of Annie Thorne

C. J. Tudor


When Joe Thorne was fifteen, his little sister, Annie, disappeared. At the time, Joe thought it was the worst thing in the world that could ever happen. And then she came back.


Now Joe has returned to the village where he grew up, to work as a teacher at the failing Arnhill Academy. Not an act of altruism, but desperation. Joe has bad debts – and bad people – he needs to escape. He also has an anonymous email: I know what happened to your sister. It’s happening again.


But coming back to the place he grew up, means facing the people he grew up with, and the things they did. Five friends: Joe, Stephen Hurst, Marie Gibson, Nick Fletcher and Chris Manning. They were the five who were there that night. Something they haven’t spoken about in 25 years.


Coming back means opening old wounds, and confronting old enemies and Joe is about to discover that places, like people, have secrets. The deeper you go, the darker they get.


And sometimes, you should never come back.


The second novel from the author of last year’s wildly successful The Chalk Man confirms Tudor as Britain’s female Stephen King. There is a creeping dread on every page and, as you start a new chapter, a dark shadow over your shoulder. … Tudor’s punk prose style and her great eye for menace make this a book no one should read at night.

Daily Mail
Daily Mail

C.J. Tudor’s The Taking of Annie Thorne shows that her excellent The Chalk Man was no one-off in matching Stephen King for creepiness


If you found your pulse racing as you read Tudor’s previous book, you won’t be disappointed in The Taking of Annie Thorne, another spooky, sinister slice of tension

Wiltshire Magazine
Wiltshire Magazine

There is no second-album syndrome: the mix of grotty provincial realism and amateur cold-case sleuthing works just as well here

Sunday Times Review
Sunday Times Review

Tudor’s 2018 “The Chalk Man” was a standout mystery novel with a fresh voice and a spooky plot. “The Hiding Place” is even better.

The Washington Post
The Washington Post

It was an achingly good, well-plotted, dark, disturbing piece of pure brilliance! C J Tudor is my new favourite author.

Sam Carrington, author of SAVING SOPHIE, BAD SISTER and ONE LITTLE LIE
Sam Carrington , author of SAVING SOPHIE, BAD SISTER and ONE LITTLE LIE

There were echoes of Pet Sematary in the storyline here, but not so much that it ever felt like Stephen King lite. Indeed I think this book gives King a run for his money.

James Oswald, author of the Detective Inspector Maclean series
James Oswald , author of the Detective Inspector Maclean series

Joe’s dark humor may balance the grim plot, but the epilogue is the stuff of nightmares. Tudor casts a searing light on the long-term damage wrought by grief, guilt, and regret.

Publisher's Weekly
Publisher's Weekly

Dark, gothic and utterly compelling, The Taking of Annie Thorne pulls off a rare combination – an atmosphere of unsettling evil along with richly nuanced characterisation.

JP Delaney, author
JP Delaney , author

"CJ Tudor writes evil with aplomb - TToAT reveals how evil casts its resonance through places, people and our shared past. This book lingers with you long after the lights go out.

Matt Wesolowski, author
Matt Wesolowski , author

I loved it. The quality of her writing meant it was an absolute pleasure to read, as well as being genuinely terrifying. It made my hair stand on end! Genius.

Emma Curtis, author of ONE LITTLE MISTAKE and WHEN I FIND YOU
Emma Curtis , author of ONE LITTLE MISTAKE and WHEN I FIND YOU

With shades of Pet Sematary and an all-round aura of creepiness, The Taking of Annie Thorne cements C.J. Tudor's position as a major new talent at the dark heart of crime writing.
Her characters are compelling, the village of Arnhill as atmospheric as its abandoned pit, and she possesses that rare ability to keep the reader turning the pages, desperate to discover what happens next. Brilliant.

Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle
Fiona Cummins , author of Rattle

Tudor maintains a tone of creeping dread throughout the book, of something lingering always in the background, coyly hiding its face while whispering promises of very bad things to come. In the last quarter, however, she goes for broke with outright horror, giving readers an effective jolt of adrenaline that will carry them all the way to the terrifying conclusion. Readers won't know what hit them. Tudor came out swinging with The Chalk Man, but this one puts her firmly on the map. Not to be missed.

Kirkus Review
Kirkus Review

With The Hiding Place, C. J. Tudor has proven that she is a true master at creating perfectly dark, highly propulsive, and tightly coiled mysteries that are utterly impossible to put down. From page one, the reader is pulled in, in a gathering sense of dread, and taken on an addictive, thrilling ride to the very last page.

Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother
Aimee Molloy , New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother

Delicious in every way. A deliciously creepy story, deliciously told. Storytelling like a siren's song: your hair will prickle and stand on end but you won't be able to tear your eyes from the page. If you like Tana French, you will love, love, love C.J. Tudor.

Alma Katsu, author of The Taker
Alma Katsu , author of The Taker

Gripping and dark, The Hiding Place descends like its very own mine shaft, getting creepier the further you go. You’ll race to the finish.

Roz Nay, internationally bestselling author of Our Little Secret
Roz Nay , internationally bestselling author of Our Little Secret

Razor-sharp writing and masterful plotting drive this dark story about a small town, buried secrets, and ghosts from the past. Witty and compelling all at once, The Hiding Place is a must read page-turner!

Wendy Walker, author of All is Not Forgotten
Wendy Walker , author of All is Not Forgotten


Supernatural thriller

UK Publication

Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph, February 2019

US Publication

Penguin Random House / Crown, February 2019

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