Title: The Taking of Annie Thorne
Author: C.J Tudor
Release Date: 5th February 2019
Summary of The Taking of Annie Thorne
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.
Review of The Taking of Annie Thorne
This is the first book I’ve read from C.J Tudor and I was certainly not disappointed! The book starts as it means to go on, dark, shocking and mysterious. With a gory first scene of a brutal murder, we’re then catapulted into the world of Joe Thorne.
Joe is a 40-something man with an intriguing past. After receiving an anonymous message saying what happened to his sister all those years ago is happening again he returns to his home town, Arnhill, takes a job as a teacher and moves into a house with a lot of bad memories. Not everyone is happy to see him back though and he quickly faces trouble with some people from his past.
Joe was an interesting character. He wasn’t necessarily a bad guy but he wasn’t a good guy either. He had a LOT of faults and a very secretive past but he was likeable and I was rooting for him. Joe, along with some other characters, was pretty sarcastic and witty which I liked as it gave some light-hearted reprieve from the doom and gloom.
The Taking of Annie Thorne is an absolutely gripping book with supernatural elements and so many twists and turns! I was completely hooked from the start and as more secrets were revealed and more layers were peeled back until we found out what really happened to Annie I could not put it down!
C.J Tudor has been hailed at the UK’s Stephen King and I can definitely see why. Not only is this book brilliantly written, it really gives you chills and gets creepier and creepier the more you get into it. There were a few unanswered questions at the end but overall I loved this book and would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something dark and scary to read this Halloween. I’m just waiting, and hoping, for a movie announcement now!
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