#BookReview of The taking of Annie Thorne by CJ Tudor @cjtudor @JennyPlatt90

Posted February 11, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 22 Comments

The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor
Published by Penguin on February 21 2019
Pages: 352
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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

This book keeps you up! This book had me burning the midnight oil with the short ambiguous chapter. Part thriller, part horror this book does not relent. It just takes takes takes, it draws you in, whispering to you to read another page, not to put the book down, a bit like “the pit”.

This is my first rodeo with Ms Tudor, but I can see why everyone has gone mad for her! Her writing is exquisite, drawing you slowly into the world of Joe Thorne. The night leading to his sisters’ disappearance is not forthcoming and when you do learn the truth it appears it might not necessarily be the whole truth. A piece of the jigsaw doesn’t quite fit and you realise you are missing a vital piece. I can wholeheartedly say I did not even attempt to guess any part of this book, I knew quite frankly I would be wrong. There were no red herrings per se, just a lot of misdirections and a lot of things implied. I allowed myself to just go with the story of Joe and Annie and hope I made it out alive.

Following Joe on his return to his home village, you are not quite sure of his intentions here. Even when do you find out you aren’t quite sure if you have been given the truth or not.

I absolutely adored (if you can adore this book), there was just the right amount of creepiness, felt a lot of Stephen King influence fore-sure, it was intense and thrilling. Put this all together and you are easily going to fall prey to one more chapter. It was so atmospheric with scenes in the graveyard slightly disturbing and the scenes in the pit had me imagining all kind of things. Especially as there were a few unanswered questions in this books, where normally I would get frustrated by, in this instance, I am sooo happy not to have them answered and adds to the magic of the story. Not only did I feel like this book channelled Stephen King, but there was also an essence of Matt Wesolowski and his Six Stories supernaturally scares. With the creepiness that ensued throughout the book with the house and that freaky ass doll!! One scene with that doll and it makes me want to throw out all my little ones’ dolls, never liked them anyway.

I haven’t read Chalk Man but I have it on my kindle so I can not wait to lose another night of sleep reading that book! I am so thrilled I got the chance to read this and discussing further with some of my blogging friends that Richard Armitage has narrated this book I may just have to pick this book up again and have a listen. Well if I dare, maybe only in the daytime would be good.

Until next time xxx

So what has been said on the blog tour so far?

Hannah’s Bookshelf says


After reading The Chalk Man a few months ago, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on C. J. Tudor’s newest release and I have to say I was most definitely not disappointed! If you’re a fan of mysterious goings on in small towns and creepy younger siblings, then I’d definitely say that this book is one for you.

Katherine Reads book says


The Taking of Annie Thorne is a multitude of genres packed into one book. The storyline is woven so beautifully that you never know what is round the next corner. It brings chills, fear and mystery to the reader. The ending will leave you seeing stars!

Joy Kluver says


As the story unfolds, the creepiness that’s there from the beginning, begins to ratchet up until it reaches screaming pitch. Cleverly, C.J. Tudor doesn’t explain everything, leaving the reader’s imagination to conjure up possible answers. And I think I can get away with saying that the ending is just as chilling as the beginning. A truly magnificent book!

Reviews by Chloe says


This book will attract thriller and crime genre lovers but interestingly, it’ll actually be pushing you outside of your usual boundaries and you’ll be dabbling in something that perhaps you’d never usually read. Without calling out the other genre that Tudor has introduced into the mix, I’ll just give a hint: The Chalk Man had already done a very sly and subtle nod in this particular direction.

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Thanks to Jenny at Penguin for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review.

About C.J. Tudor

C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter.

She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.

In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatch. Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. She also annoyed Tim Robbins by asking a question about Susan Sarandon’s breasts and was extremely flattered when Robert Downey Junior showed her his chest.

While writing the Chalk Man she ran a dog-walking business, walking over twenty dogs a week as well as looking after her little girl.

She’s been writing since she was a child but only knuckled down to it properly in her thirties. Her English teacher once told her that if she ‘did not become Prime Minister or a best-selling author’ he would be ‘very disappointed.’

The Chalk Man was inspired by a tub of chalks a friend bought for her daughter’s second birthday. One afternoon they drew chalk figures all over the driveway. Later that night she opened the back door to be confronted by weird stick men everywhere. In the dark, they looked incredibly sinister. She called to her partner: ‘These chalk men look really creepy in the dark . . .’

She is never knowingly over-dressed. She has never owned a handbag and the last time she wore heels (twelve years ago) she broke a tooth.

She loves The Killers, Foo Fighters and Frank Turner. Her favourite venue is Rock City.

Her favourite films are Ghostbusters and The Lost Boys. Her favourite authors are Stephen King, Michael Marshall and Harlan Coben.

She is SO glad she was a teenager in the eighties.

She firmly believes that there are no finer meals than takeaway pizza and champagne, or chips with curry sauce after a night out.

Everyone calls her Caz

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22 responses to “#BookReview of The taking of Annie Thorne by CJ Tudor @cjtudor @JennyPlatt90

    • Zoe

      🤣🤣 yes I didn’t realise it had a different name. It was the hiding place before wasn’t it? I have had that feeling many tines!! You don’t think about it when you sign up and you always think you will have plenty of time lol. Look forward to your review! Thanks lovely x

        • Zoe

          🤣 it’s crazy isn’t it. Same with changing the book cover too! I don’t even think the US name works now that I’ve read the book. 🧐

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