One night young Annie Thorne goes missing. The police search high and low but they don’t find her. Appeals are made by her panicked parents, the people of Arnhill are united in their desperation to get her back. Forty-eight hours later, she appears. Dirty, cold but safe and well. Except she isn’t. Annie is different. Changed. As if pieces of who she was haven’t quite returned. She smiles at her brother but the smile has lost its warmth. Laughs but the laugh is different. Odd. Unnerving. The old Annie is gone. And only her brother, Joe, senses her absence. Soon things go from bad to worse. Something happened to Annie when she went missing, carved out the old, replaced with something new. And the differences are beginning to frighten Joe Thorne.
Now, years later, Joe has returned to Arnhill for answers. What really happened that night? What changed Annie? Why was she never the same? The town is just as it was before. Bullies still govern the area, using threats and fists to control others. Only this time, Arnhill is swathed in a new tragedy. A local school teacher beat her young child to death, then commit suicide, after writing the words “Not My Son” in his blood. A gruesome, devastating chain of events. Nobody knows why it happened. The mother and son were a happy, loving family. The reason is a mystery. One that could very well be connected to the town’s unnerving past. What happened to Annie might be happening again. And this time Joe is intent on finding answers. But sometimes the truth can be just as rotten as a lie.
As a HUGE fan of the author’s previous book, The Chalk Man, I had high expectations for The Taking of Annie Thorne. And it has far surpassed each and every one. This book delivers a chilling, unnerving story with sharp, punchy prose that had me gripping my seat. If, like me you enjoyed The Chalk Man, you will certainly enjoy this. However, I think this book does have more of a supernatural element, so expect something different. I loved it to bits.
The Taking of Annie Thorne is a tense, thrilling new book that explores themes of redemption, guilt, love, the differences between good and evil and how the past can wield a power no one can escape from. The author has delivered another remarkable book. I’m so excited to read her next novel. This is not to be missed!
Chilling. Punchy. Fantastic.
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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.