The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor

About this book…

One night, Annie went missing. 

Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. 

And then, after 48 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…

I loved The Chalk Man and so was looking forward to C.J Tudors latest book The Taking of Annie Thorne. But when I first started it, I wasn’t blown away and was really wondering where it was going! The opening scenes where two bodies are discovered was quite a shocker but then we move forward a few months to the next occupant of the cottage where the deaths occurred. Joe Thorne is back in his home town to take up a teaching position but his timely reappearance may not be entirely unrelated to the gruesome past of his new abode. Because Joe has experienced loss himself. When he was younger, his little sister Annie went missing for two days and when she came back things were never quite the same again…

The first half of The Taking of Annie Thorne was definitely a slow burner and as I said before, I really wasn’t sure where it was going. Joe was a rather unlikeable character and I got frustrated by his lack of morals whilst also trying to work out what he was hiding. But he was obviously traumatised by what had occurred to his younger sister and we gradually start to find out what became of Annie and how it affected Joe and his family.

This was a darkly atmospheric chiller that just got better the further along the twisty path the reader traveled. The scenes featuring Annie after her reappearance were incredibly creepy and very disturbing. The supernatural elements of the plot weren’t entirely unexpected for me so I was able to just see where the storyline took me. And the ending really did send a shiver down my spine! So although I didn’t love this as much as The Chalk Man, I did enjoy the moment that everything came together especially as there was a twist that I really hadn’t seen coming! A harrowing, shadowy book that will give you nightmares. You have been warned!

Meet the author…

C. J. Tudor’s 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 has sold in over forty countries. The Taking of Annie Thorne is her second novel. 

Twitter @CJTudor

Facebook @CJTudorOfficial


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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