The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor | @cjtudor @MichaelJBooks @JennyPlatt90 | #TheTakingofAnnieThorne #blogtour #recommended

Absolutely thrilled to bits to host a stop on the blog tour for The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor today! Huge thanks to Jenny Platt at Michael Joseph for the invitation to join and for the fabulous review copy!

Author : C.J. Tudor
Title : The Taking of Annie Thorne (The Hiding Place)
Pages : 344
Publisher : Michael Joseph
Publication date : February 21, 2019


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. 


Oh my word, where to even start?! I’ve been a proud C.J. Tudor fan from the second I read The Chalk Man. Quite frankly, if I were a teenager and she was a rockstar, her poster would be on my bedroom wall. I can’t possibly begin to describe the excitement that coursed through me when I was finally able to pick up The Taking of Annie Thorne. Yes, I had high expectations but I was never in any doubt whatsoever that I would just love this book to pieces. And I did!

This is a tough one to review without giving anything away. Other than the exquisite book trailer, I knew absolutely nothing about this book and it’s the best way to experience it. Also, if you’re expecting some incredibly coherent review, this one won’t be it. If I could have gotten away with four paragraphs of exclamation marks, I totally would have done it. I find it extremely hard to explain why I love this book so much and I can only hope it comes across somewhat (possibly in a slightly embarrassing way, I do apologise) and it’ll convince you to give this one a go.

I don’t know what it is about small town settings but I just love them and they don’t come any more intriguing than Arnhill does. It feels particularly gloomy and depressing. Joe never thought he’d go back there. Who would even want to? Especially after what happened.

When my sister was eight years old, she disappeared.

And then she came back.

[Note to self : never move anywhere near a mine pit. Also, always keep the loo lid down.]

As someone who was a teenager herself in the 80’s, any and all references to that era just make me giddy and there are a lot of them in this story that put a huge smile on my face. Throw in Joe’s delightful sense of humour, sarcasm and inner voice and I was hooked. With a dark atmosphere, a high creepiness factor, fascinating characters and lots of questions that need answers, this was one suspenseful and thrilling ride. And then just when I thought I could sit back, relax and breathe again … the rug was pulled from under my feet with the most deliciously chilling epilogue that almost made my eyes pop out of my head.

By the way, if you’re a fan of audiobooks, and quite frankly even if you’re not, you should most definitely give this one a listen! I may be starting to sound like some sort of running advertisement for the amazing Richard Armitage but seriously, you guys, his narration brings this story to a whole different level of intensity. It’s a fantastic experience all on its own.


The Taking of Annie Thorne is a brilliantly plotted, exquisitely written, utterly compelling, addictive and “unputdownable” page-turner. Whatever “it” is, C.J. Tudor has it in abundance and then some. There’s something about the way she writes that has me captivated from the very first word. It almost feels like being under a spell and I’ll gladly let her guide me wherever it is she wants to take me. I’m a fan, what more can I say?

I think I’d better leave it here. This whole thing is starting to sound like a teenage girl writing a letter to her favourite boyband member. 😳

In case it wasn’t clear, I absolutely LOVED The Taking of Annie Thorne and you will without a doubt be seeing this book again in my top 5 at the end of the year, just like The Chalk Man was last year. I am so ridiculously excited to see what C.J. Tudor comes up with next that I have already pre-ordered her next book. So should you, right here πŸ˜‰

To recap : !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x infinity

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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 Moviewatch. Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. She also annoyed Tim Robbins by asking a question about Susan Sarandon’s breasts and was extremely flattered when Robert Downey Junior showed her his chest.

While writing the Chalk Man she ran a dog-walking business, walking over twenty dogs a week as well as looking after her little girl.

Please check out these amazing bloggers on the tour who say it all much better than I do.

  31 comments for “The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor | @cjtudor @MichaelJBooks @JennyPlatt90 | #TheTakingofAnnieThorne #blogtour #recommended

  1. February 27, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Nailed it! x

    Liked by 1 person

  2. February 27, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Fab review Eva! Totally agree with everything you wrote X

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Karen
    February 27, 2019 at 10:34 am

    But did you like it though!!!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’m about to start this one – I’m intrigued about the loo seat…..?

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 27, 2019 at 11:04 am

      You know … I’m somewhat undecided. πŸ€”πŸ˜‚

      I’m not saying another word about the loo seat. Shout when you get there πŸ˜‚

      Liked by 1 person

  4. February 27, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Brilliant review! I know EXACTLY what you mean!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. February 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    OK OK I get it, it’s an absolutely amazing and fantastic novel! I swear I’m going to read The Chalk Man soon now so I can finally be one of the fan club :-).

    Liked by 1 person

  6. February 27, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Fantastic review! have a funny feeling that you liked it 🀣🀣🀣

    Liked by 1 person

  7. February 27, 2019 at 11:49 am

    “[Note to self : never move anywhere near a mine pit. Also, always keep the loo lid down.]”

    Hahahaha! You should be a blurb writer!! Too intriguing!! πŸ˜‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 28, 2019 at 10:45 am

      Mission accomplished πŸ˜‚ (I do find they often give away way too much information so maybe I should πŸ€”)

      Liked by 1 person

  8. February 27, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    It’s in my Audible library….perhaps it’ll be my next listen. Not sure really, your review was a little lukewarm πŸ˜‚


  9. February 27, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Can’t wait to read this!
    I’m also quite fond of small town settings, and just getting into audio books more and more, so thanks for mentioning that. I will try a sample for sure πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 28, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Hope you get around to it soon, Norrie! Can’t wait to hear what you think (and of the audio sampler as well).

      Liked by 1 person

  10. February 27, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    I love the idea of a review consisting entirely of exclamation marks… A bit of me wishes you’d gone with that although, to be fair, I got a good sense of why you feel like that from what your written.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. February 27, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Woo hoo! Excellent review, Eva. I cannot wait to get to this.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. February 27, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Thank god you added that clarification and those exclamation marks at the end, it was very unclear whether you liked it or not πŸ˜‚

    Liked by 1 person

  13. February 27, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Perfect review!! And you are spot on about the loo lid LOL

    Liked by 1 person

  14. ChrissiReads
    February 28, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    This sounds incredible!


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