14 February 2019

The Taking of Annie Thorne

book cover of The Taking of Annie Thorne by C. J. Tudor
A 2019 Top Rated Read

By C. J. Tudor

Paperback 352 pages
Publisher Penguin (25th July 2019)
ISBN-13 978-1405930970

'Dark, gothic and utterly compelling, The Taking of Annie Thorne pulls off a rare combination - an atmosphere of unsettling evil along with richly nuanced characterisation.' J. P. Delaney

📕My Review

Having thoroughly enjoyed C.J. Tudor's The Chalk Man a few months ago, I was expecting equally great things from her new novel, The Taking of Annie Thorne. I wasn't disappointed. In fact I thought this new book was even better than her last.

C.J. Tudor has a fantastic ability to conjure up the past with complete accuracy. You really do feel transported back in time. The Taking of Annie Thorne contains humour and horror in equal measure and I found it exceptionally difficult to put down. The supernatural element took it to a whole new level of tension-filled creepiness that I adored.

This author is one to watch. A bright new talent in British fiction.

Book Source: Review copy from publisher
Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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📗The Blurb

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.

📘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.

author C. J. Tudor
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.

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