C. J. Tudor


C. J. Tudor lives in Sussex, England with her partner and daughter.


Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voiceover and dog-walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn’t miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much.



CJ Tudor is terrific. I can't wait to see what she does next.

Harlan Coben
International bestselling author

Hugely enjoyable and deliciously creepy. I was hooked from its gripping opening, all the way through its many twist and turns, until I arrived in London completely unsettled and on edge. Ostensibly about a man searching for his missing daughter, it’s a tale about loss, where nothing is quite as it seems; and, although you may think you’ve got it worked out, CJ Tudor is always several steps ahead. A brilliant storyteller.

Alex Michaelides
No. 1 bestselling author of THE SILENT PATIENT

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

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

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

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

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

Sam Carrington

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Chalk Man grabbed me by the throat from the very first sentence and didn’t let go until the final, heart-stopping page.”

Nuala Ellwood
author of The Day of the Accident

Even Brexit impact reports made less frightening reading than CJ Tudor’s Stephen King-esque coming-of-age story cum murder mystery The Chalk Man. With tyro crime writers this dark, the future is bright.

Telegraph’s Books of the Year round up

It’s a very clever story - you’ll love it!

Joanna Cannon
Sunday Times bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

C. J. Tudor’s very clever, wrong-footing debut will leave you checking that the doors and windows of your holiday cottage are secure…

Radio Times

A labyrinthine tale that kept me guessing right to the end

Val McDermid

If you're looking for a psychological thriller this holiday I recommend this. I'm very fussy with books because I never have time to read but this was easy, gripping, enjoyable and worth it.

Cecilia Ahern
author of P.S. I Love You

A creepy atmospheric thriller...THE CHALK MAN is a must-read.

Mystery Scene Magazine

Strong characterisation, plenty of plot twists and an evocative portrait of small-town life in the 1980s add up to a riveting read

Laura Wilson
The Guardian

This insanely readable chiller has it all – a brilliant, nostalgic flavour, humour and heart… A fantastic debut from a major new talent

Sunday Mirror

I jumped so many times while reading that I could have been sitting on a chair made of cactus

Sunday Express

The prose is punk, the pace fast and the plot sinewy...there are shades of Stephen King when the reality bends into the sinister, and a deliciously creepy finale

Daily Mail

A striking debut

Sunday Times

A must read for all horror fans.

Daily Express

Deliciously creepy with a side order of Eighties nostalgia

Good Housekeeping

The uncertain first pages of this supernatural-tinged thriller make one fear the worst. Thankfully The Chalk Man soon develops into an intriguing puzzle with an engaging cast of characters…A highly promising debut

Thriller of the Week
Mail on Sunday

A band of preteens in a quaint English village in the late 1980s confront true evil and grapple with the lifelong consequences in this gripping debut mystery/thriller… Readers who relish dark, twisty thrillers will be kept guessing. Taut plotting, smooth writing, and a compelling premise will satisfy fans of Jo Nesbo, Camilla Lackberg, and Tana French.

Library Journal

An absorbing debut with a well-crafted mystery and a solid dose of Stand by Me creepiness.


C.J. Tudor bursts onto the scene with a page-turning thriller that draws simple but terrifying lines about evil and the haunting nature of childhood. Flip open the first page and you’ll curl up all night.

Julia Heaberlin
Sunday Times bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans

The grip the past has on the present reveals itself in ever more sinister and macabre ways in this utterly original and relentlessly compelling psychological thriller. The Chalk Man kept me guessing all the way to the end.

Fiona Neill
author of The Betrayals

Absolutely brilliant. I was enthralled from start to finish. I was expecting a creepy horror story that I’d have to read with all the lights on but this book is so much more than that – it’s witty, insightful, clever, thoughtful, mysterious, gripping, nostalgic and utterly compelling. Publishers often talk about ‘an exciting new voice in fiction’ and I genuinely think CJ Tudor is going to be huge. This book has bestseller written all over it and if it doesn’t go to number one I will eat my crime writing hat.

C.L. Taylor
bestselling author of The Escape

The Chalk Man is an unpredictable and engaging thriller: sinister, tragic, and with a beautifully rendered sense of time and place. That final page still haunts me

Helen Callaghan
bestselling author of Dear Amy

I absolutely loved The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor! It’s a dark, mesmerising thriller with an ending that left me with goosebumps!

Nuala Elwood
author of My Sister’s Bones

In The Chalk Man, C.J. Tudor brilliantly weaves past and present into a haunting, vividly imagined tale. Much more than a murder mystery, it is a sharp, terrifying exploration of the bonds and limitations of childhood friendships and of secrets that refuse to remain buried. I fell in love with the guiding voice of this novel, the thoughtful and solitary Eddie. Prepare to be surprised again and again, even until the final page.

Michelle Richmond
author of The Marriage Pact

What an amazing debut! Such an ingenious, original idea. I was engrossed from the very first page. I loved how the 1986 and present day storylines weaved so skilfully together to create that unforgettable and unexpected ending. Compelling, taut and so very, very chilling. This book will haunt you!

Claire Douglas
Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Seen Alive

CJ Tudor has written an utterly original novel—a thriller in which the suspense comes not simply from what happens, but from that dark place within the human mind from which all the greatest mysteries and terrors emerge. This one will hold you in its grip to the last page.

Joyce Maynard
New York Times bestselling author of Under the Influence and To Die For

It’s been a while since I’ve read such an impressive debut. The pace was perfectly judged, with a lovely feel of Stand By Me about the 1986 scenes and beguiling nostalgia in the contemporary narrative, all mixed in with a creeping sense of unease that starts with the Prologue and grows throughout the book. The characters were superbly drawn - not too much physical description but wonderful interplay between the five young friends and their adult selves. And then that ending.... Generally speaking I’ve either enjoyed something and want to recommend it to all my friends, or haven’t and don’t much want to talk about it. The Chalk Man definitely falls into the former category, and it deserves to be a huge success. It feels so fresh…. I’ll be telling everyone else to read it when it comes out in January.

James Oswald

The Chalk Man is coming and there's nothing you can do to stop him. Tense, skilful storytelling and plenty of horror.

Ali Land
Sunday Times bestselling author of Good Me, Bad Me

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