The Hiding Place: A Novel

The Hiding Place: A Novel

by C. J. Tudor

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ISBN-13: 9781524761011
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 54,821
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

C. J. TUDOR is the author of The Chalk Man, and lives in Nottingham, England, with her partner and three-year-old daughter. Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voice-over artist, and dog walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn't miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much.

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The Hiding Place: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Deana3452 4 months ago
WHAT THE WHAT!?! Okay, I'm sorry. Let me calm down (lol). I mean this in a good way, so bear with me. There is a book on my list of books I have read in this life that "scared" me and that was a book I read many, many years ago called Hellfire by John Saul. I remember reading that and glancing around me while reading as if something was going to jump out at me. Well, here is book number two on my list. I don't even know where to begin. First, I have to admit that this is usually not my typical genre, but I read Tudor's first book, The Chalk Man and really enjoyed that. So, I was excited to see she had another book coming out. Secondly, I enjoy a LOT of books but only a few stick with me. I have mentioned in my other blogs that when I read I am automatically imagining what I am reading. I've always done it. I don't do it on purpose, it just happens, and while reading this, I felt like I was "seeing" a well done horror movie. Also, once again, a few times, I glanced around the room in unease while reading. This story centers around the disappearance of Joe's sister Annie when they were young. The slogan on the book says, "The worst day of his life wasn't when his sister went missing. It was the day she came back." WELL, to me that didn't mean what I thought it was going to. Plus, the book is about a lot more. Childhood memories, regrets, secrets, addictions, trying to make amends and more! Come on, now! What more can you want in a book? It was a lot of fun being creeped out and also flipping pages to find out what in the world was happening. I highly recommend this read even if this isn't usually your thing. It usually isn't mine and I had a great time reading it.
Ms-Hurst 4 months ago
The police enter a small cottage to find a murder/suicide. Mother and son, she brutally murders him and then herself, leaving behind a message that hints at her motives. She had been a teacher; he had been a popular student. People really should be more surprised than they are, even with her history. Enter Joe. He grew up in this small village. He got out and swore he'd never return. So why is he faking his way into the vacant teaching position? He sees something in the murder/suicide that he know relates to his own sister's disappearance, and reappearance, twenty-five years before. Someone else agrees and lures him back to town. The reader gets to follow Joe as he stumbles through his investigation and plans to set things right once and for all. Joe is aptly named. He is sarcastic and smart. The entire novel reminded me of an injured and less trained Joe Ledger falling into several interwoven Stephen King novels. This is my second Tudor novel (and the second to remind me King). I look forward to future books. Thank you to the author, Netgalley, and the publisher for the opportunity to preview this book.
LisaMDay 3 months ago
“I think about the words Julia wrote: NOT MY SON. An icy fingernail caresses the top of my spine.” That’s the feeling I experienced so many times while reading this book. There were so many twists and turns that I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved the mix of suspense and the supernatural in this book. I also loved the subtle nod to the Chalk Man in the story. If you read it you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read this! It made me chuckle and see the author as more human which made me love the book even more. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book for my unbiased review!
WhisperingStories 6 days ago
In 1992 Joe Thorne’s life changed dramatically and not for the better. This was the year he got in with the local unruly gang of kids, the year they discovered a secret and the year his sister went missing for 48 hours and returned a different child. Now Joe has been sent a mysterious email that tells him ‘I know what happened to your sister. It’s happening again.’ Heading back to the small town he vowed never to return to, Arnhill in Nottingham, Joe manages to get himself a teaching job at his old high school and soon discovers that not much has changed in Arnhill. His life has been out of control since he was a teenager partly because he needed to know what happened to Annie and if heading back to the place that haunts him is the only way to find out, then so be it. I’ve had C.J. Tudors book ‘The Chalk Man’ since it’s release day but unfortunately, I’ve never found the time to read it, after reading this book though I am making reading it a priority. You see C.J. Tudor has a way with words, they just flow and make you lose track of time. The plot so rich and inviting and scary at the same time. Not because it has any big horror/scary scenes, but because you are left on edge waiting for something to happen, something you can feel coming and if it’s crawling on your skin yet you can’t put the book down. Joe Thorne has not had an easy life since that fateful year of 1992. This was the year his life started to spiral out of control. When his sister went missing the whole village went looking for her, but when she returned something wasn’t right and from this day Joe became frightened of his little eight-year-old sister Annie. She would talk to herself, do strange things and often just stare at him. The house also started to smell like something had died in it. Annie wasn’t Annie anymore. As an adult, Joe tried to push the past behind him but he knew he couldn’t get away forever and with mounting gambling debts hanging over his head and the strange email, Joe knew that it was time to lay the past to rest. The characters, the scenery, and the whole plot are so well thought out and executed. The book is told from Joe Thorne’s POV and whilst most of the chapters are set in the present there are a few that are set in 1992 and show you exactly what happened that year. The references to 1992 brought back so many memories as Joe is the same age as me and so the talk about wham bars and Walkmans had me feeling nostalgic. I read the book in two sittings as I could not put it down, it’s one of those books you think just one more chapter and one turns into ten. It is so good. It gave me a buzz waiting to find out what happened to Annie and who was the mysterious message sender. I had to fight myself not to turn to the back and cheat to find out as I knew I would ruin the build up. If I haven’t already emphasised enough to you, this is a must read and I can see this book winning awards, it is amazing.
Thebooktrail-com 14 days ago
Book set in a English Pit village – be afraid! Oh jeepers I think CJ Tudor is trying to make me never want to leave the house again. Certainly never to visit an old pit village and given that I’m from the North East of England, there are a few of them about here! Haha this was a creepy CREEPY novel from the start.. There’s lots of elements here which thriller fans and horror fans will love – the abandoned pit village where only the most stalwart of people are living now. A troubled man returning to his childhood home, an even in the past which scars him and which people in the village do not want him to reveal. A missing girl who returns, ‘changed’ The sense of foreboding is strong throughout and it makes you want to read on that’s for sure. There are some troubled,troubled people in this story mind! The village of Arnhill is fictional but somewhere in Nottingham. If it were real, no one would go after reading this! The novel does fall into the category of supernatural and it was this side of things which for me lessened the grip of the novel and later events made the novel go beyond the realms of what I felt I could believe and invest in. This is hard without giving anything away.! It reminded me of certain Stephen King books I used to scare myself with when I was younger and this one was creepy and unsettling. CJ Tudor has a knack for touching on issues and memories that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end!
booklover- 16 days ago
3.5 Stars Joe Thorne never wanted to return to Arnhill. He's back because he wants to settle a few scores at a school he once attended ... the same school he's just been hired to teach. He really had no choice in coming back ... the letter he received made it very clear. I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR SISTER ... AND IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN. After the way things ended with his old gang--the betrayal, the suicide, the murder--and after what happened when his sister went missing ... well, he had no choice. And there have been more recent murders ... murders that don't make sense. He will learn that the worst moment of his life wasn't the day his sister went missing .... it was the day she came back. This was a blend of mystery, horror, and paranormal ... full of twists and turns. It starts with a murder/suicide and proceeds from there. The story premise was good, although I detected strands of Stephen King's IT and maybe just a tad of Pet Semetary. It was an entertaining read. Many thanks to the author / Crown Publishing / Netgalley for the digital copy of THE HIDING PLACE. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
TakingTime 19 days ago
3 stars Thank you to Crown for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishing Feb 5, 2019 on Kindle. For those unaware, this book has a second title - The Taking of Annie Thorne. This is the second book written by C. J. Tudor. I was very quick to secure a copy of it because I liked The Chalk Man so well. Sadly, I must say that the two books are very dissimilar. I liked this book up to and a bit beyond the half way mark. Then, for me, it just kind of fluttered out. Although it was starting to answer questions from the first half, the rest of the book, in my opinion, remained just mediocre. I felt a build up, then a let down. I try not to compare books, even by the same author, but... this book did not give me near the satisfaction that Chalk Man did. I think that if you are not an exceptional author then the alternating story line is hard to pull off with any glowing reaction. In this case, I would much rather have read the story of the children, then moved on to the adult story line. I had become invested in the characters, but the story was not up to the level of keeping the characters most interesting. Premise was there, but, for me, the story line faltered, even with the twists at the end. This novel was not so bad that I will not read Tudor again, I just will not be jumping on her next book quite as quickly. I am hoping that this book was the rushed and stressed follow up to Chalk Man, and that her next book will maintain the level of mastery that she previously proved she has the ability to put forth.
bookaholique 22 days ago
Back when Joe was a teenager, he and his friends discovered something bizarre. At first it looked like a cool place to hang out, but that was not the case. Bad things happened and as soon as he was old enough, Joe got the heck out of dodge. Now he has received a mysterious message that brings him back home - that last place he wants to be. Ohhhhh - this was good. Told in alternating chapters of the past and present, this sometimes got so scary I had to put it down. And no reading after dark. I love these kind of books that have that undertone of something evil and you are just never sure who is going to win. I put it in the category with Stephen King novels - one of my all time favorite authors. I am so glad to have read this book as I was missing stories that gave me chills up my spine and goosebumps. My thanks to Crown Publishing and Netgalley.
Twink 25 days ago
I added C.J. Tudor to my 'must read' list of authors after devouring her debut novel The Chalk Man. (my review) I couldn't wait to read her newly released second book, The Hiding Place. Joe became a teacher after leaving his hometown of Arnhill. He left behind heartache, loss and more. It was this descriptor that had me hooked.... "Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn't the day his sister went missing. It was the day she came back." And so Joe goes back to Arnhill to work as a teacher. But he has his own reasons for returning. He's in a bit of trouble himself... Arnill is a place full of secrets where the past seems to be repeating itself. Tudor paints a darkly vivid setting. Joe's cottage, the school, the abandoned mines and the rest of the town are places you wouldn't choose to be. And the inhabitants? Just as dark and duplicitous. But through it all is the question - what happened to Joe's sister? "And that's when I feel it. A sudden wave of dread like vertigo, that hollows out my stomach from within and saps the strength from my bones. I will not let that happen. It's happening again." And Joe. He's a deeply flawed character, but I was drawn to him and happily alongside as he plumbed both the past and present for answers. I absolutely loved his voice - his acerbic wit and sarcasm are perfect, but don't always serve him well. Tudor drops hints about what happened to Annie as the book progresses through flashback to the past chapters. About two thirds of the way through, I had a good idea of what transpired. And I was right (a nod to Stephen King), but it didn't detract at all from my enjoyment of this book. Tudor's writing makes for addictive reading and I can't wait for book number three.
Brenda Kerwin 28 days ago
I looked forward to reading this, but ultimately, was disappointed in it. It is very well written, but I'm not a big fan of the supernatural. If you are, then you might like this. #TheHidingPlace #NetGalley
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Anonymous 3 months ago
The Hiding Place is a creepy, supernatural horror/thriller. Sort of has a Stephen King vibe. It was well written with an interesting plot that kept me invested throughout the story. There definitely were some spine-chilling moments. I look forward to reading more from this author. Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for a copy of C.J. Tudor's "The Hiding Place" in exchange of an honest review.
sspea 3 months ago
This book was dark with an element of science fiction. The prologue grabbed me right away, I'm not sure anyone could read that opening and not be intrigued. When Joe returns to Arnhill for a teaching job, it gets the town wondering why he came back and his childhood friends are not happy to see him. There are brief flashbacks to 1992 which gets into the real reasons Joe left, and in the present day we see the real reasons why he came back. This books dances along the line of thriller and sci-fi horror. A fast and enjoyable read. It started off slow and then I flew through the last 50%, definitely a page turner.
all_about_books 3 months ago
The Hiding Place is a winner. A smooth creepy read which kept me guess until the end. The plot alternated between the present and the past giving a little information at a time like dangling a carrot in front of your face. It made me want to read ‘just one more page’ until I realized I finished the book. Mr. Thorne receives an email saying he needs to return to his hometown to tie up loose ends and stop the strange events from his past which were occurring again. He takes a teaching job at the local school in hopes to find out the secrets which have plagued this town while hiding from his own secrets. Eventually his past and his present converge to uncover the horrible and strange truths which have cursed him his entire life. This twisted story will keep you on the edge of your seat and ready to devour the book in one night.
ABookAWeekES 3 months ago
"Places have secrets too, I think. Like people. You just need to dig. In land, in life, in a man's soul." Last year, I read and enjoyed C.J. Tudor's debut novel The Chalk Man. That book weaved alternating time periods and strong characters into a suspenseful and enthralling mystery. The Chalk Man immediately became one of my favorite reads of 2018 and left me anxiously waiting to read whatever Tudor came up with next. When her publisher offered me a copy of her next novel, The Hiding Place, I eagerly jumped on the chance to read it. Joe Thorne is happy to be getting a fresh start. He struggles with alcohol, is a gambling addict, and was recently dismissed from his teaching job in a shroud of personal and professional disgrace. As he looks to create a new beginning for himself, Joe turns to the place where everything started last time. He never thought he'd come back to his hometown of Arnhill, but here he is. He's secured a teaching position at the same school he attended. The Arnhill Academy was so eager to find a teacher that they skimmed over most of Joe's checkered past. For better or worse, Joe is starting over. Joe's predecessor at the academy was an unassuming single mother who shocked the town when she brutally murdered her young son and shot herself. Now Joe has taken her job and moved into the same cottage where the gruesome crime occurred. He's optimistic about this fresh shot at life. He's already stopped a bully from picking on a student, is getting along with his co-workers, and seems to be on the path to happiness. Life has other plans. The longer he stays in the town, the more he's realizing that things aren't as different as he hoped. In fact, the dark history of Arnhill that destroyed his life years ago seems to be repeating itself. The Hiding Place, C.J. Tudor's sophomore novel sees the author's brilliant writing veer into much darker territory. While this novel shares many of the same themes as Tudor's debut (childhood trauma, community culture in a small town, etc.) it really pushes the author into new territory. One climactic flashback scene, in particular, left me emotionally shaken. Tudor deftly balances these bleak scenes with brisk pacing, detailed character development, and wit that surfaces at all the right moments. As she did in The Chalk Man, Tudo again employs flashbacks to both provide depth and backstory and to ramp up the suspense. Even a twist that seemed almost too familiar for this longtime fan of Stephen King couldn't detract from my overall satisfaction with this book. With The Hiding Place, C.J. Tudor proves that The Chalk Man was no fluke. She recently tweeted that her next novel is complete, and I'll be the first in line to give it a read!
Candice_S 3 months ago
I was so excited for this one after loving The Chalk Man last year so much - and I wasn't disappointed. Yet again CJ Tudor manages to pull together a deeply suspenseful and wonderfully haunting story. I've seen several people compare this to a specific Stephen King book (which I won't name in fear of creating a spoiler vibe), and I have to agree. There are definitely King vibes to this particular story, but it really didn't detract from the story for me in any way. I still really enjoyed the ride of where this story was going to go. I honestly also really enjoyed Joe as a character - he is kind of a dirtbag, he is super flawed, he is making mistakes left and right, and YET. Yet, there is still a kind soul somewhere inside him - he is a compassionate teacher, he clearly loved his sister, and you end up rooting for him despite the worst aspects of him. I wanted to see him succeed in his plan, as screwed up as the plan really was. I devoured this book in one sitting, and I cannot wait to hear what other readers think of this one, as I think it will have some hot debate topics! If you loved the Chalk Man and you love a good King book, this is FOR SURE the book for you!
Fictionophile 4 months ago
The word 'atmospheric' is bandied about in book reviews a lot. Yet this novel was the epitome of atmospheric. The town of Arnhill was almost a character unto itself. In fact the author did such a fine job of evoking the underlying menace, foreboding, bleakness, and despair, that I read faster just to get out of there. Creepy doesn't begin to cover it. The book began with a graphic crime scene, which at first made it feel like it might be a police procedural, but that was not at all the case. Unlike the author's debut novel "The Chalk Man" which I loved, this one had a supernatural element that I remain unsure about... Themes of futility, guilt, desperation, grief, and bullying pepper the storyline. If you're look for an uplifting read, this book is not for you. The characterization was skillful, yet I didn't bond with the protagonist the way I wanted to. Also, I wish the book ended without the epilogue. This opinion is one I'm sure that others will disagree with. The ending had two twists that I did NOT see coming and that is always appreciated by me. In summation, I DO recommend this thriller to those who don't mind a supernatural element in their reading. I believe it will be relished by many, especially those who are fond of the works of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and the like. It made me feel uncomfortable... but any book that can make you 'feel' like that has got to be the sign of a talented author.
357800 4 months ago
First off, I want to say, I don't want to miss anything C. J. Tudor writes. THE HIDING PLACE is her second novel just recently released and was just as good, (for me) as her debut, THE CHALK MAN. "Arnhill is a grim little village where lots of bad things have happened." And it's happening again. You could say the town is cursed or perhaps it's just the ghosts of Joey's past that want him gone. Joe Thorne grew up in Arnhill and has recently returned to fill an opening as an English teacher. He's kind of a quiet, mysterious guy with a multitude of secrets....and personal faults, and now on top of everything else, he must face....and relive his darkest memory of all....what happened to his beloved little eight year old sister. "Sometimes I think it's not the passing of the years that really ages you, but the passing of the people and the things you care about." While renting an old dilapidated cottage with a bloody history, and icky creepy-crawling creatures in the bathroom....all he can afford, Joe, and his sarcastic mouth ponder how he will manage to avoid dangerous enemies and entities of his past.....and present who threaten to do him deadly harm. Dark and twisty, and as with THE CHALK MAN, somewhat reminiscent of a Stephen King read, but with her own "skittering chittering" flare.
HomeSweetHouser 4 months ago
Published yesterday! C.J. Tudor is an author you should watch out for, especially if you're a big fan of thrillers. Last year she published The Chalk Man, which was good enough. But, in my opinion, The Hiding Place was a much better book. The Hiding Place is about Joe, a gambling-addicted, somewhat-washed-up, teacher who returns to his boyhood hometown of Arnhill when a job opportunity at his childhood school becomes available. But, while work may be one motivating factor in his return to Arnhill, it is far from the only reason. After a murder-suicide flips the town upside down, it is clear there is something strange happening in the town. And Joe will need to confront his past in order to address the present mysterious happenings. I really enjoyed the story line for this book. I was invested from the beginning and I felt that there was an appropriate amount of tension to keep the reader moving forward. There is something spooky and mysterious about this book, with a little bit of a paranormal spin on your basic thriller. There was one downside for me; while I felt like the story made sense and it had a beginning, middle and end, I still felt like I had a lot of unresolved questions at the end. For me, there were quite a few loose ends that I would have liked to have seen tied up. But, it may be that the author wanted to allow the reader to interpret some of the mystery for themselves. All of that being said, this one was really good, but didn't blow me away. I would recommend it, especially for those who have never read anything by C.J Tudor. She's an author worth checking out. -This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, C.J. Tudor, and Crown Publishing for the opportunity to review.-
mzglorybe 4 months ago
My nan once said "It's not the dead you need to be scared of, love. It's the living." She was almost right. But I do believe you can still feel the echoes of bad things.” ************** Joe Thorne is a troubled and tormented soul. With a propensity for drinking too much, a bum leg which causes him to limp, and a history of gambling and debt... and that’s just getting you acquainted with him. There is a lot more to Joe, and what drives him. Deep down he is a good man wanting to conquer his demons, get some answers and settle some scores. His witty sarcasm, at times humorous, is a nice respite from the creepiness of this dark story. His tender love for his sister, who died at the age of 8, and his propensity for coming to the defense of the bullied underdog endears the reader to this complex character. This is a present-day story of Joe coming back to his home town of Arnhill with an agenda and with flashbacks to his youth. He is now an adult, an English teacher, albeit acquiring the job dishonestly. Joe has quite a back-story, and his telling of it is what pulls us in to this. When he was in high school he ran with a bunch of bullies but always felt inadequate, a follower, not a leader. Seems those bullies went on to spawn bullies of their own. This is a focal point of the story. A few of his old classmates are still living in the dilapidated town of Arnhill, and just as arrogant and dispicable as he remembers them. One of the first things Joe does is break up a fight where a kid is being bullied, reminding him of his own young days. The pace picks up in the second half, ratcheting up the tension and before I knew it, I was reeled in. I won’t be able to lift a toilet-lid again without thinking of those swarming, black beetles… eeew When we hear the story of the old coal mine and what the kids discover, it gets really creepy and is written quite graphically… it definitely lives up to the “chiller” factor. Is the epilogue satisfying… creepy… shocking? Read it and find out. My thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my digital complimentary copy for review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2669817125
TUDORQUEEN 4 months ago
When I read author C.J. Tudor's debut novel "The Chalk Man" I was blown away by her "Stephen King-like" writing style, where I had noticed she incorporated some very similar themes of King's into the book. Since I had eagerly devoured King's earlier works during the 70s and 80s, I appreciated Tudor's homage afforded to her famous predecessor. I rated "The Chalk Man" 5 stars and voted for it in the Goodreads Choice Awards. So, when I saw a new offering from C.J. Tudor I pounced upon it. While I noticed multiple King homage in "The Chalk Man", I wasn't expecting such an outright copy of a theme this time from of one of Stephen King's best known books..."Pet Cemetery". Yes, I rejoiced in the King similarities in her debut book, but I frankly became a bit cynical when I realized what this book was about. Though lacking in originality due to its pilfered plot, Tudor manages to flesh out her own version that will give you the willies. Trust me, when you hit about 50% into the book, you will experience claustrophobia and sheer dread. It became so frightening and overwhelming that I nearly stopped reading the book, but I persevered. The book takes place in a bleak and sooty former mining town called Arnhill in England. A lot of strange things have occurred during the decades, concerning the death of children. Oddly enough, though, there doesn't seem to be any children buried in Arnhill's church cemetery. There is a former colliery site that is cordoned off with fencing, but sometimes kids sneak through gaps and trespass. There have been plans in recent years for building a country park or housing on the former mining site, but the local board seems to always stall on the matter. Joe Thorne, now an adult, returns to Arnhill, where he re-connects with childhood gang members and re-visits their shared dark secret. If you've already read Stephen King's "Pet Cemetery" or perhaps have seen the movie, you'll well know how frightening the premise of this book is. I don't want to ruin the surprise element for those yet to read this book, but to quote one of the most famous lines from Pet Cemetery..."Sometimes dead is better". Thank you to Crown Publishing who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.
ColoradoGirl71 4 months ago
At first, this seemed like a story where the main character returns to the town he grew up in because he felt most comfortable there and it’s time to pull his life together. Joe Thorne returns to teach at the school where he used to be a student and quickly runs into the children of his old “friends.” Trouble follows Joe from his old life and it quickly emerges that life in his old hometown was not great either. We learn about his band of five friends from the old days, mysteries around his sister Annie’s death at age 8, and the curse that seems to hang over the town of Arnhill. I found this to be a tightly-paced thriller where I couldn’t seem to turn the pages fast enough. I was frantically trying to piece the past together while events in the present churn along at an alarming pace. There are clues that I missed along the way, always the sign of a fantastic writer. The characters are well-drawn and the atmosphere really sinks in. What really happened to Annie and is it happening again? This book is full of secrets and the ending is one that I’m still processing. I recommend this book to those that like thrillers with a touch of horror thrown in.
trutexan 4 months ago
Wow, this was one creepy story! I do believe CJ Tudor has stepped things up a notch since writing The Chalk Man. I love a good mystery and the addition of a main character with a past always brings a certain appeal. Add in the suspense and this story does not disappoint. High school teacher Joe Thorne is headed back to his old stamping grounds--the place where he grew up and vowed to never return. Right away we learn that Joe has some bad blood between old friends of his. Joe also has had some family tragedy. More recently, he is running away from other troubles, which is how he ends up back in the town he never wanted to see again. There are very few likable characters in this story. As the book unfolds, readers also discover that not every one is the person they seem to be. As Joe gets deeper into the connection between past and present, things get very intense and at times, very dark. For sensitive readers, triggers include bullying, gambling, and physical violence. This book will give readers the shudders, so may be best not to read when you’re home alone! Many thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing to allow me to read an advance copy and offer my honest review.
Amanda_Dickens 4 months ago
I was really excited about this book and appreciate the ARC from Netgalley and Crown Publishing. You start off with a sister that went missing and and the problem was.... she came back. With a creep and unsettling atmosphere, I was hooked from the start. However, as the pace slowed and every character was unlikeable, I found my self no longer attached to the characters or the story and just wanted to know the ending. I feel that there are too many unanswered questions and too little logic. It reads like a weird nightmare the author decided to write about. Something got lost in the translation and it fell flat. However, the bugs really creeped me out.
Anonymous 4 months ago
The past isn’t real. It is simply a story we tell ourselves. And sometimes, we lie. The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor tells the story of Joe Thorne and his return to his childhood home of Arnhill. Mysterious things have happened in this town starting with his sister’s disappearance years ago. She returned 48 hours later with no explanation as to where she was or what happened. The same thing has happened 25 years later to another child, Ben, who is missing for 24 hours then returns. He is found murdered by his mother who then kills herself. When the cops discover the body the words “not my son” are written in blood over his bed. Joe receives a mysterious email stating that they “know what happened to his sister” which makes him return even if he knows it’s against his better judgment. Joe is able to lie his way into a teaching job at his previous high school and it is clear from the beginning that no one is happy to have him return to this town. There are secrets that are better left untold and his old “gang” from growing up will do anything to make sure they are. While Joe deals with various threats throughout the book it is digging into his past that is the real threat. The lies he’s told himself to “forget” the things that happened 25 years ago are resurfacing and that’s not always a good thing. I love a good thriller, but there was a supernatural aspect to this one that I wasn’t expecting. I’m not big into reading supernatural novels, but Tudor’s writing was very good that I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. I liked the protagonist, Joe, although there were many reasons not to like him. I wanted to make sure that things turned out okay for him. I was actually shocked by the surprise twist in the last chapter. I did not see that coming so Tudor did a really good job throwing that one at us at the end. I definitely look forward to reading more of her books and would recommend this especially if you like thrillers with a supernatural twist. Thank you NetGalley and Crown Publishing for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.