The new spine-tingling, sinister thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man . . .
‘Some writers have it, and some don’t. C. J. Tudor has it big time – The Taking of Annie Thorne is terrific in every way’ Lee Child
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.
My review of the fabulous debut by C. J. Tudor
C. J. Tudor rocked the world with her fabulous debut. I simply adored The Chalk Man and haven’t stopped blathering on about it since. I was hugely nervous about reading the follow up, The Taking of Annie Thorne. However Tudor is no one hit wonder. She sizzles with creativity, quirky attention to detail and some good solid characters. The Taking of Annie Thorne is an entertaining story of a down-at-heel teacher. Of course, we get the borderline horror and chills, that is part of the Tudor magic.
The Taking of Annie Thorne is really all about Joe. Annie Thorne is his little sister. Joe is not your normal average teacher. He is in debt. He has scary loan sharks after him. He has a dubious sense of morality. He will bend the rules, if necessary. He returns to his home town of Arnhill, to an English teaching post at the local under-performing comprehensive. Poor bloke. Joe cannot escape the past, being a part of a gang of school mates, the death of his little sister and rather eerie reminders of things best forgotten. Joe’s life in Arnhill slowly descends into chaos.
Just as with The Chalk Man, Tudor gets the sense of time and place to perfection. She captures the vibrancy of the early nineties and the unlikely gang of weird teenage friends. She makes us want to be there. Arnhill is your typical small town, which we can all relate to. The place we all need to escape from, to grow up. The place we never want to come back to. Into this, Joe is an anti-hero. A man who never grew up. A man who attracts trouble. Anyone remember the TV series Teachers? This very much reminded me of Joe and his interesting attitude to his job. He really doesn’t care. He does the very minimum. Love it!
With The Taking of Annie Thorne, we get echoes of The Hole (2001), the movie with Keira Knightley and Teachers (2001-2004 TV series). Very recognisable, as inspiring this book. The author has very good taste, in popular culture.
Another sure-fire winner from the awesome imagination of C. J. Tudor. The world of Joe Thorne is my kind of place. I really am longing to see her books on television. Why has this not happened yet? Recommended.