One night, Annie went missing. Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after forty-eight 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.
With huge thanks to Jenny at Penguin Random House, for inviting me to join this blog tour. I received a proof copy for this tour and I was more than excited! I am a fan of C.J. Tudor’s work already, from reading The Chalk Man, which I thoroughly enjoyed!
If you have never read her debut novel – The Chalk Man, you are missing out, her writing absorbs you into the story, it is gripping, it entices you to want to read on, regardless of what creepy thing might happen next! For me, both of these novels were finished within 24 hours, I couldn’t let them go until I knew what happened. The story has usually a twist that makes you think more about what happened and why, C.J. Tudor has in both of her books explained a reasoning behind the characters and their actions.
So, enough of me telling you how great I believe C.J. Tudor is! The Taking of Annie Thorne already had me gripped from the blurb, a little girl disappears only to come back and not be the same little girl! How could this story develop, what does this little girl do?? These questions were already in my mind before even starting the book, from The Chalk Man, I was expecting something gripping and creepy!
I was certainly not let down, from the Prologue, you are thrown into the story, the gore and the curiosity of the storyline.
There are lots of things going on within the story as you read more about Joe Thorne. The story is based around him and the history that taunts him. Joe goes back to where he grew up, the school where he went, also where Annie went missing and returned, along with her doll – Abbie-Eyes. The village of Arnhill doesn’t seem to have a very pleasant past, with pit working being hard on families, to the people that lived there.
There is something wrong in Arnhill and the past that taunted Joe has come to back, he receives an email from a mystery person, which entices Joe to return, to resolve the problem once and for all, but is it that easy!?
Along with Joe’s history being unpleasant and one he would rather forget, he doesn’t seem to be doing so well in his attitude towards life, he drinks too much and gambles, this in itself causes more problems than he can deal with!
I enjoyed reading about the children that Joe grew up with, the way school life was and how these very children have grown up to be very much like as they were, in their youth.
All seems normal until they find something that is unusually interesting and mysterious, something they should not have seen. This is when things change, how the history of Arnhill becomes clear.
Along with the gripping and creepy storyline of how Annie became the way she did, along with how others may have fallen the same fate, the remainder of the story explains why Joe is at Arnhill, what other reason he has to dig up the past and who is not happy to see him, which would seem not many are!
As the story continues you get to see Annie’s new character flourish, something that I feel was more than disturbing! Along with her doll – Abbie-Eyes it gave this story an unsettling sinister twist!
There are some very strong characters within story, these are ones that you won’t forget, there is a one especially I would not like to mess with – Gloria, she has a very feisty character!
There were a couple of surprises that I was not expecting, friendships that developed, also the ending – the creepiest ending I have read in a long time!
Needless to say I recommend this great book, so please buy it here and enjoy this disturbingly engaging book!
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.