The Taking of Annie Thorne – CJ Tudor

I am thrilled to be part of the epic #blogtour for CJ Tudor’s latest book The Taking of Annie Thorne, published by Penguin Random House and available to purchase now.  My thanks to Jenny Platt for the invite and arranging this tour.

About the book: 

One night, Annie went missing.

Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst.

And then, after 48 hours, she came back.

But she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say what had happened to her.

Something happened to my sister. I can’t explain what.

I just know that when she came back, she wasn’t the same.

She wasn’t my Annie.

I didn’t want to admit, even to myself, that sometimes I was scared to death of my own little sister.

About the author:

C. J. Tudor lives with her partner and young daughter. Her love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert.

Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, dog walker, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and, now, author.

Her first novel, The Chalk Man, was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold in thirty-nine territories.

My Review: As a huge fan of The Chalk Man I was very excited to see that CJ Tudor had a new book and was delighted to be asked to join the tour.

Firstly let’s talk about our main character Joe Thorne.  Returning to his childhood home of Arnhill, a pretty grim and dismal mining town, he manages to get a job in his old school teaching English.   However, nothing is exactly what it seems here; Joe is returning under a rather dodgy and dangerous cloud; he has nasty people chasing him and on top of that his sister was killed under suspicious circumstances in Arnhill when she was 8.

The Taking of Annie Thorne is a creepy and dark story with elements of supernatural aspects, however what really struck me is the incredible writing, the ability to bring the characters to life and give them a voice in the readers head.  Joe’s humour and self depreciating personality was a joy to read.

Dark, funny, creepy and gripping – if you enjoyed The Chalk Man – then you will love The Taking of Annie Thorne.

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