It arrived in my inbox just over a month ago. Surprising really that it didn't get shunted straight into junk.
'I know what happened to your sister. It's happening again.'
Because when my sister was eight years old, she disappeared. At the time, I thought it was the worst thing that could ever happen.
And then she came back . . .
C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still 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. 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.
Creepy beyond words. Just like Stephen King, the fact that Tudor's characters are so believable makes the events even creepier People's Friend Matches Stephen King for creepiness. A must-read for horror fans Leamington Courier Crime meets psychological suspense meets out-and-out horror. From the stomach-churning first chapter to the grand guignol ending that is as shocking as it is surprising, Tudor racks up the nastiness . . . Another hit. Buzz Magazine A Stephen King style thriller that will have you transfixed and submerged in the entanglement of the twisting plot. This book kept me intrigued all the way to the very end Places & Faces Following on from C J Tudor's successful debut, comes a novel about bullying, cruelty and deceit. . . Tudor keeps the novel moving at a fast pace Literary Review The Hot List Inside Soap I loved The Chalk Man, but The Taking of Annie Thorne is even better, creepier and more addictive! I was so creeped out I had to stop reading until my husband came home one night! Brilliant stuff - well done, C. J. Tudor! Elle Croft, author of The Other Sister Finished this creepy corker last night. Utterly compelling with a host of intriguing characters and brilliant writing. Fans of The Chalk Man will definitely not be disappointed Isabelle Broom, author of One Thousand Stars and You A brilliantly sharp and distinctive voice and super-creepy plot. Fab Roz Watkins, author of The Devil's Dice Loved this. Funny, frightening, goes out with a BANG. Believe the hype! Chris Whitaker, author of Tall Oaks I read this novel with a sense of creeping dread. It was an achingly good, well-plotted, dark, disturbing piece of pure brilliance! C J Tudor is my new favourite author. Sam Carrington, bestselling author of Bad Sister and One Little Lie C. J. Tudor is a writer of real creepiness. The Taking of Annie Thorne is no exception - a dark, chilling mystery that had me reading until the early hours Kate Hamer, The Girl in the Red Coat Deliciously creepy, and written with such skill and fluency it's hard to believe this is only her second book. Indeed I think it gives King a run for his money James Oswald, bestselling author of the Inspector McLean series I rattled through The Taking of Annie Thorne by C. J. Tudor - it reads like a Stephen King novel, and I can't think of a higher compliment than that! Simon Lelic What an absolute treat of a novel this was. Such an assured, distinct voice and an absolute belter of a plot Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies C. J. Tudor writes evil with aplomb - The Taking of Annie Thorne reveals how evil casts its resonance through places, people and our shared past. This book lingers with you long after the lights go out Matt Wesolowski, author of Six Stories I loved it. The quality of her writing meant it was an absolute pleasure to read, as well as being genuinely terrifying. It made my hair stand on end! Genius Emma Curtis author of One Little Mistake C. J. Tudor nails it again with this clever, disturbing novel where the scars of an old mining community are opened by a slash of cold murder. From the shocking opening to the explosive finale, The Taking of Annie Thorne is a chilling page-turner that will leave you checking the locks at night. Brilliant Olivia Kiernan, author of Too Close to Breathe C. J. Tudor has proven that she is the true master at creating perfectly dark, highly propulsive, and tightly coiled mysteries that are utterly impossible to put down. From page one, the reader is pulled in, in a gathering sense of dread, and taken on an addictive, thrilling ride to the very last page -- Aimee Molloy, New York Times Bestselling author of The Perfect Mother WOW WOW WOW! C. J. Tudor's follow-up to her impressive debut is superbly chilling and delightfully creepy. Smartly written and brilliantly plotted, here is a book that crawls under your skin and hooks on until you reach that jaw-dropping ending C. J. Cooke, author of I Know My Name Razor-sharp writing and masterful plotting drive this dark story about a small town, buried secrets, and ghosts from the past. Witty and compelling all at once, The Taking of Annie Thorne is a must read page-turner -- Wendy Walker bestselling author of All is Not Forgotten Delicious in every way. A deliciously creepy story, deliciously told. Storytelling like a siren's song: your hair will prickle and stand on end but you won't be able to tear your eyes from the page. If you like Tana French, you will love, love, love C. J. Tudor -- Alma Katsu If you found your pulse racing as you read Tudor's previous book, you won't be disappointed in The Taking of Annie Thorne, another spooky, sinister slice of tension Wiltshire Living With shades of Pet Sematary and an all-round aura of creepiness, The Taking of Annie Thorne cements C. J. Tudor's position as a major new talent at the dark heart of crime writing. Her characters are compelling, the village of Arnhill as atmospheric as its abandoned pit, and she possesses that rare ability to keep the reader turning the pages, desperate to discover what happens next. Brilliant Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle Gripping and dark, The Taking of Annie Thorne descends like its very own mine shaft, getting creepier the further you go. You'll race to the finish -- Roz Nay bestselling author of Our Little Secret Dark and creeping and utterly unpredictable, The Taking of Annie Thorne is another triumph of a novel by C J Tudor. With its compelling characters and witty writing, it grips from the very first page Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl Deliciously creepy, impeccably plotted and laced with both wicked humor and genuine shocks, The Taking of Annie Thorne is the kind of read-under-the-covers thriller you didn't think people wrote anymore. Lucky for us, C. J. Tudor still does. An absolute corker of a book Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied A can't-put-it-down thriller if ever I met one. I loved The Chalk Man and this is equally as fabulous. The Taking of Annie Thorne by lead head-rattler C. J. Tudor! Joanna Cannon, bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep So dark, so dastardly, so incredible. Still pondering this one, it's just that disturbing. C. J. Tudor has done it again. Bravo! Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely Wife I loved everything about this book Alice Feeney, author of Sometimes I Lie The Taking of Annie Thorne deserves every plaudit it receives Richard Armitage, narrator of The Taking of Annie Thorne and star of The Hobbit Spine tinglingly good Amy Lloyd, bestselling author of The Innocent Wife Spine-tingling Sunday Post From the author of The Chalk Man comes an equally creepy story about missing children Woman & Home Shows that her excellent The Chalk Man was no one-off in matching Stephen King for creepiness Sunday Express's Bestseller Predictions 2019 Tudor's 2018 The Chalk Man was a standout mystery novel with a fresh voice and a spooky plot. This is even better Washington Post 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, bestselling author of The Girl Before As enjoyable and well written as her first, The Chalk Man Daily Mirror There is no sign of second-album syndrome: the mix of grotty provincial realism and amateur cold-case sleuthing works just as well here The Sunday Times Confirms Tudor as Britain's female Stephen King. There is a creeping dread on every page and, as you start a new chapter, a dark shadow over your shoulder. Tudor's punk prose style and her great eye for menace make this a book no one should read at night. Daily Mail 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