Title: The Hiding Place
Author: C.J. Tudor
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Page Count: 281
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.
Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.
Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with former friends who are none too happy to have him back in town–while avoiding the enemies he’s made in the years since–is tougher. But the hardest part of all will be returning to that abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life changed forever, and finally confronting the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister, and himself. Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn’t the day his sister went missing.
It was the day she came back.
With the same virtuosic command of character and pacing she displayed in The Chalk Man, C. J. Tudor has once again crafted an extraordinary novel that brilliantly blends harrowing psychological suspense, a devilishly puzzling mystery, and enough shocks and thrills to satisfy even the most seasoned reader.
Having read C. J. Tudor’s first book, The Chalk Man, and really enjoying it I was quite looking forward to reading The Hiding Place. After finishing this one though this thriller just didn’t seem as thrilling to me as the first book.
Joe Thorne never wanted to return to his hometown of Arnhill after everything that had happened to him and his family growing up. Joe’s sister Annie had disappeared when Joe was a teen but she did come back but things were never the same. After getting an email that things are happening in Arnhill again Joe decides he needs the answers to what happened all those years ago and are happening again now.
I do believe when I wrote up my review for The Chalk Man I had mentioned how it reminded me a lot of Stephen King. The story seemed to take on it’s own life but the style had that distinct flavor to it. Well, now with this second book I really failed to find the originality with this one. This to me was really a turn off when I kept comparing the book the entire read instead of just getting that feeling to the style. What I’d rather see from this author is to tackle something completely original that will wow me next time as this one was just one of those meh reads to me after too much comparing.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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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, 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.