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The Taking of Annie Thorne: 'Britain's female Stephen King' Daily Mail Copertina rigida – 21 febbraio 2019
'Some writers have it, and C. J. Tudor has it big time. The Taking of Annie Thorne is terrific in every way' Lee Child
The spine-tingling, sinister thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man . . .
Then . . .
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.
Now. . .
The email arrived in my inbox two months ago. I almost deleted it straight away, but then I clicked OPEN:
I know what happened to your sister. It's happening again . . .
'Confirms Tudor as Britain's female Stephen King. There is a creeping dread on every page' Daily Mail
'Shows that her excellent The Chalk Man was no one-off in matching Stephen King for creepiness' Sunday Express's Bestseller Predictions 2019
'Written with such skill it's hard to believe this is only her second book. It gives King a run for his money' James Oswald, author of the Inspector McLean series
'Dark, gothic and utterly compelling' J. P. Delaney, author of Believe Me and The Girl Before
'Deliciously creepy . . . An absolute corker of a book' Riley Sager, bestselling author of The Last Time I Lied
'I loved everything about this book' Alice Feeney, author of Sometimes I Lie
'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
Praise for C. J. Tudor . . .
'If you like my stuff, you'll like this' Stephen King
'Wonderfully creepy - like a cold blade on the back of your neck' Lee Child
'A tense gripper with a leave-the-lights-on shock ending' Sunday Times
'A must-read for all horror fans' Daily Express
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
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
As enjoyable and well written as her first, The Chalk Man ― Daily Mirror
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
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
Shows that her excellent The Chalk Man was no one-off in matching Stephen King for creepiness ― Sunday Express's Bestseller Predictions 2019
From the author of The Chalk Man comes an equally creepy story about missing children ― Woman & Home
Spine-tingling ― Sunday Post
Spine tinglingly good ― Amy Lloyd, bestselling author of The Innocent Wife
The Taking of Annie Thorne deserves every plaudit it receives ― Richard Armitage, narrator of The Taking of Annie Thorne and star of The Hobbit
I loved everything about this book ― Alice Feeney, author of Sometimes I Lie
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Loved this. Funny, frightening, goes out with a BANG. Believe the hype! ― Chris Whitaker, author of Tall Oaks
A brilliantly sharp and distinctive voice and super-creepy plot. Fab ― Roz Watkins, author of The Devil's Dice
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
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
The Hot List ― Inside Soap
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
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
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
Matches Stephen King for creepiness. A must-read for horror fans ― Leamington Courier
Creepy beyond words. Just like Stephen King, the fact that Tudor's characters are so believable makes the events even creepier ― People's Friend
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, has sold in over forty countries and will be developed into a six-part drama with BBC Studios Production. Her second novel, The Taking of Annie Thorne, was also a Sunday Times bestseller as was her third novel The Other People. Her fourth novel, The Burning Girls, will be adapted for TV by screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt of The Bridge and Marcella.
She lives in Sussex with her family.
- Editore : Michael Joseph (21 febbraio 2019)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Copertina rigida : 352 pagine
- ISBN-10 : 0718187458
- ISBN-13 : 978-0718187453
- Peso articolo : 560 g
- Dimensioni : 16.2 x 3.3 x 24 cm
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I reckon it is inevitable at a certain point to think about Pet Sematary, about the dark, mysterious place where people come back from death but they somehow are changed into a worse, violent and deadly version of themselves.
Some elements of the ending and the plot itself were treated a bit too abruptly in my opinion - see Brendan in the end - but overall the novel works, and it was a pleasant read.
I liked the scenery, the mine, the remote English countryside, the small village where secrets are hidden.
A big improvement since The chalk man, I am glad I gave C.J. Tudor a second chance after not really liking her first work.
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Could this book be as good as The Chalkman well let me tell you now it’s surpassed even my expectations! Below is my overview of this book and I can tell you now it’s not easy to review her books as you really do not want to give any of the plot away.
The book launches with a fantastic prologue which for me sets the scene for the rest of the book and even at that point so early on I knew I would be in for one hell of a roller coaster read. The prologue is very dark, gory and not for the faint hearted.
Joe Thorne, forty years old returns back to the mining village of Arnhill in Nottingham where he grew up, a gambler, heavy drinker and running away from his debts he is back to take a job as a teacher in his once local secondary school Arnhill Academy.
Joe has received an anonymous email telling him “I know what happened to your sister, it’s happening again”. Joe was always going to return as he needed to put the past to rest.
Twenty five years ago Joes sister Annie goes missing for forty eight hours, she returns unable to explain her absence but what returns certainly looks like his sister but something in Annie had changed.
The character Joe is likeable in some ways he’s not a good guy nor is he a bad guy, but Joe definitely has a secret.
Arnhill has a past, a creepy one at that, once a mining village it’s now a community on the decline after the mine shut, there has always been rumours about the mine being haunted but most people just believe they are just rumours , or are they ………
This book like its predecessor had me on the edge of my seat, shouting out at times too when I thought I’d solved the mystery, just when I thought I had, bump there was another twist. All the characters in the book have a past that isn’t always a nice one either, some just want answers. It’s prologue and epilogue are purely chilling and these alone as well as various other parts of the book had that spine tingling, hairs standing up on the back of your neck feeling.
Throughout the book there is the creepy, lurking feeling of dread, things hiding in shadows, chittering and skittering noises (love those descriptions). The book builds layer upon layer all set around finding out what really happened to Annie.
C.J Tudor this week has been quoted as being Britain’s female answer to Stephen King. What an accolade but looking back we haven’t had that many good female Horror writers, for me she’s the best, yet some people describe her books as mystery/ horror books and for the most I agree but as my partner said maybe there should be a cryptic horror genre where these books would fit in. The Chalkman was Tudors debut book and was very good, since then her writing has grown in confidence and this shines through in The Taking of Annie Thorne. Her writing is in a simple style, that doesn’t confuse you even though there are quite a number of characters and twists you never lose sight of anything in the story. She hooks you into the story from the beginning and doesn’t stop till the very last page of her book.
I already want to read this book again and look forward to the paperback copy coming out in July this year. Tudor has left me once again with a huge reading hangover as she did with The Chalkman but in a good way, for me she’s right up in my top five of my favourite authors of all time.
I’d love to see either of her books made into a film and do I think she’s the next female Stephen King ? Not at all she’s a horror writer that is much better in many ways than him, even though as an older teenager and into my twenties he was my favourite author I soon lost interest in his later books. For me she is the new horror writer of this century and I’m looking forward to reading The Other People which is due out next February.
I have gave this 5/5 on Goodreads and would have gone more stars if I’d been allowed.
Well done C. J. Tudor and I’m looking forward to her thoughts on my review .
The Taking Of Annie Thorne is really more horror than thriller. Joe Thorne, a teacher with a shady past, returns to the Nottinghamshire mining village in which he grew up to take a job at his former secondary school. He's short of money - for reasons later revealed - and decides to rent a cottage that nobody else will touch, primarily because it's the site of a recent, horrifically gruesome murder-suicide carried out by the very teacher whose old job he's filling. Arnhill, like so many villages all but destroyed by pit closures under the Thatcher government, is a miserable place with a general air of insularity and neglect, and when Joe was growing up there, also the scene of an appalling family tragedy involving the disappearance of his little sister, an unsolved mystery which tore the Thorne family apart. Which raises the obvious question: if Arnhill holds nothing but bad memories, why has Joe decided to to go back there?
What unfolds is a dark horror story with several twists, but in contrast to The Chalk Man, The Taking Of Annie Thorne feels like a fairly formulaic tale. If you saw scenes and characters inspired by Stephen King's work in The Chalk Man, you'll see a major plot element in The Taking Of Annie Thorne which is all but identical to the entire premise of one of King's best-known novels. I won't say which one, because if you've read it this would be a serious spoiler, but I will say that what felt more like homage in The Chalk Man feels as if it's edging into fanfiction in The Taking Of Annie Thorne. There were so many other things that Tudor could have had happen to Annie during her disappearance than the explanation that's given, and the book would have been more effective too.
A lot of the dialogue is contrived, with too much self-conscious wisecracking and clumsily-executed sarcasm that's never actually particularly witty. I also just couldn't engage with the crime-related subplot of this book, in which Joe is entangled with a sinister gangland figure to whom he owes a substantial amount of money. I don't think it's particularly well-executed and it jars with the rest of the book.
While I didn't find Joe Thorne remotely likeable, I didn't need to in order to care about what happened to him. He's a selectively unreliable narrator, of course, and his choices are consistently poor both in childhood and as an adult, but I found him interesting - in particularly, his relationship with his little sister is somewhat ambiguous in its intensity. The horror elements of the novel are, while more derivative than I'd have liked, also very effective - and the multiple twists towards the end of the book were not something I saw coming.
The Chalk Man is a much more accomplished and subtle work, so much so that it makes me wonder if The Taking of Annie Thorne was actually written first: overall, I was disappointed. All that said, I'll certainly look out for CJ Tudor's third novel and I'm sure she'll make a return to form.