C.J. Tudor

The Taking of Annie Thorne

""Tudor really knows how to write a good story." "


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.

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Joe Thorne has returned to the village where he grew up. Despite leaving when he became an adult when he returns he finds little has changed, including the people he used to know. With some scores to settle and some wrongs to put right, Joe lands a job as a teacher at his old school. But lots is going on in the village of Arnhill and not everything is as it seems at first glance. There are murders, suicides, blackmail, bullying and threats, but Joe is determined to see this through to the end - he has no choice. Tudor really knows how to write a good story. Joe Thorne is a gambler and a waster but has enough dimension so that he feels real and strangely likeable. In fact, all of the characters (and there's lots) have an air of reality to them, whether I liked them or not. I was expecting a psychological thriller so was a bit thrown with the supernatural element. However, everything else was done so well - the characters, the writing, the plot, lots of twists and a good unexpected ending. Although this book is a mix of murder mystery/psychological thriller and the supernatural, I couldn't put down 'The Taking of Annie Thorne' from the moment I started to read.

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