I don t believe in ghosts My nan was fond of telling me, 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 No one is as disappointed as I am that I m having to write that review I was sure this would be the easiest 5 stars given in 2018 or 2019 based on publication , but unfortunately there were too many issues I couldn t glance over Between the unnecessary racism and prejudice of people on the spectrum that was added for character development , to the plot twist that anyone who has read a certain Stephen King book will find unnervingly familiar, it s safe to say this one just wasn t for me I feel another round of editing to take away some of the choppy presentation might improve the overall quality as well If you re wanting to go into this one blind, I would recommend you stop reading this review right here as I ll be discussing below in greater detail some of the things that worked and didn t work for meIf newspapers are the place where facts become stories, the Internet is the place where stories become conspiracy theories I ll be the first to admit that I m in the minority of early reviewers when it comes to my opinion on this novel, and I highly recommend you take that with a grain of salt and give this one a try to decide for yourself how YOU feel That said, I had to be honest and true to how certain aspects of this book made me feel, and those are included below We ll start with our protagonist, Joe Thorne He s presented as an underdog from the very beginning, even though once he hits his teenage years he joins a crowd of bullies and participates in the very behavior that he initially was plagued by I don t have a problem with this I think it s important for stories to portray the psychological effects of bullying and how it can alter a person s moral dna I also understand the need for a flawed protagonist, but my personal taste is less is when it comes to this I don t need an anti hero or a villain who twirls his mustache while spewing maniacally MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA that gives me no sense of conflict regarding who they are and what makes them tick I think Joe s make up was a bit over the top for me instead of choosing a few unsavory characteristics to portray his flaws, we get numerous accounts of bigotry and prejudice in the form of racism, ablism, homophobia, etc These portions didn t further the narrative IMO I grew irritable and distracted at the constant mentions of Little Miss Scary , the autistic bartender whom our protagonist felt relieved when she was substituted for the old, bald, white fat guy I could go on and on about this, and frankly these instances will be a matter of the opinion of the reader and how they react to them, but as a stated above it was an unnecessary distraction for mewhen my sister was eight years old she disappeared At the time I thought it was the worst thing in the world that could ever happen And then she came back Which brings us to the big plot twist My problem isn t with the insertion of the supernatural into what is being billed as a traditional mystery thriller, although I know this will be a dealbreaker for some readers My issue is that I ve read this story before That s right, while both of Tudor s novels tend to read like Stephen King fan fiction, her first novel seemed to be a mash up of flattering references and inspiration from multiple novels he s published over the years Friends, if you ve read Pet Semetary before, you ve read The Hiding Place I can t tell you how disappointing it was to make it to the 75% mark and realize where this was going With the buzz surrounding the re make of PS in film form I can see why the author was inspired to write this, and it could be the fact that I just read PS earlier this year and it was too close to reading this one, but I felt deflated once I reached the point of no return Tudor is an exquisite storyteller, and I highly respect the way that she blends horror and thriller together for an elevated reading experience, but I think this one felt closer to ripoff than beloved fan fiction While I wasn t a fan of this one, I still wish the author all the success in the world and will be anxiously awaiting her next novelI received a review copy via the publisher. NOW AVAILABLE Well this one has taken me a bit of time to collect my thoughts It is a quite a bit different from The Chalk Man, it has a much darker feel and mystical elements I will also tell you that I will never look at a black beetle again without getting the shivers Once again there is a young man returning to the town he grew up in Joe Thorne has a dual purpose to his return, he needs a job, teaching, and he will never get over what happened to his little sister Annie Once all is revealed you will have a hard time getting her out of your head as well He wants revenge and an ending to what seems to be happening again in this town.Joe starts a job teaching English at the school in the small town of Arnhill in Nottinghamshire He finds few people who are happy to see him back and one in particular who wants him gone in one way or another There is a shroud of mystery about the town since a mining accident in the 1940 s took the lives of 18 men in the pit Joe revisits this site again, a place that his group of friends found another entrance to when they were teens Something terrible and unexplainable happened there and Joe wants it sealed forever I walk slowly around, breathing deeply, trying to keep myself calm This is just a cave The dead cannot hurt us Bones are just bones Shadows are nothing but shadows Except shadows are never just shadows, they are the deepest part of the darkness And the deepest part of the darkness is where the monsters hide This book was a slower start, I think I was into 50% before the book took off for me But I know this author and was willing to wait I m glad that I did C.J Tudor excels at character development I feel as though I really know Joe and some of his old high school friends, Chris, Stephen, Marie There are some great twists in this book but they come from the characters than the plot, but that s a good thing It seems easier to turn a plot one way or another than to help us understand how people can hide their inner selves.I m still ruminating about the ending, I have some questions that I d really like answers to, but perhaps that is the author s intent I recommend this to anyone who loves intelligent, character driven mysteries, with some added chill factors.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss. You can still feel the echoes of bad things They imprint on the fabric of our reality, like a footprint in concrete Whatever made the impression is long gone, but you can never erase the mark it left Joe Thorne finds himself pulled back to his childhood hometown A place filled with tragedy, regret and mystery He walked away from Arnhill years ago, vowing never to look back With his life in shambles, Joe finds himself back at the place where it all started to go wrong Summoned by an anonymous email that he couldn t ignore Joe goes home to finally get answers to the mystery that has plagued his life what really happened to AnnieI know what happened to your sister It s happening again Tudor has a brilliant mind for bringing small town life and its characters to life I devoured the creepy backstory of this little town A tiny dot on a map that outsiders may never have heard from Yet, those who dwell there are shrouded in the town s eerie, unexplained mystical mysteryEvery town, village and city has a history There s the official history The bone dry version collated in textbooks and census reports, related verbatim in the classroom Then there s the history that is passed down through generations The secret history It s been said this book has an early Stephen King vibe and it is definitely true From the moment you open the book you are pulled in by a horrific opening scene and Tudor never loosens her grip on you The entire story has that creepy, check under your bed, look behind your shower curtain and peer under the toilet lid vibe I LOVED it I could not stop turning the pages I was drawn in by Joe s flawed but definitely likable character This was a man marked by his past, living with demons and struggling daily I enjoyed his witty, inner dialogue I felt the tension and suspense build as he worked to uncover the truth And the truth he was searching for the ending left me agape for a moment.I must read The Chalk Man which has been on my TBR pile for too long I have no doubt that I have been firmly made a fan of Tudor s writing Bring on the creepy and horrific I excitedly welcome it I ll simply be sure to read all her books with the lights on Thank you to C.J Tudor, Crown Publishing and NetGalley for an arc of this book in exchange for my honest review. But that s all life ever is A promise Not a guarantee We like to believe we have our place all set out in the future, but we only have a reservation Life can be canceled at any moment, with no warning, no refund, no matter how far along you are in the journey Even if you ve barely had time to take in the scenery Who said you can never go home again Well, Joe Thorne does Home sweet home.errrI mean, dreary, sad, dark, depressing, full of painful memories Home Joe thought he would never go back Not after what happened in Arnhill during his teenage years He has never gotten over what happened to his sister, Annie, all those years ago She went missing She came back And according to Stephen King and I think Joe would agree Sometimes dead is better But Joe has received an email letting him know that apparently things are happening againwhat things Strange things, dark things, unspeakable things.So, Joe returns He needs to right a wrong Get some revenge while escaping from his current problems Joe is quite the mess, you see He lies to get a job at the local school, has an alcohol problem, has an even bigger gambling problem and there is no welcome committee lined up to greet him In fact, his old friends are not at all happy to see him return After the first part of the book I wasn t sure what to think I really did not know where the Author was going with this I was really hoping she would bring the creep factor on She did to some degree but honestly, I wanted a lot She had some interesting characters, most were unlikable and were up to no good Geez Louise, no wonder he left town Forget the pit The people were not too warm and fuzzy in this town.The Second part of the book reminded me of two books by Stephen King I get it, the Author is a big fan.but, I really want her to NOT remind me of Stephen King When I read her books, I only want to think of HER books Aside from that, the reader or shall I say the constant reader Hey, even I can make nods to Stephen King will finally learn what happened to Annie, why Joe and his high school friends are friends no , and learn the towns deep, dark secret.The ending had a little bit of a shock to it that I did not see coming That was a nice touch Overall, this was an enjoyable book, but I wanted it to be even darker, creepier and with dread and suspense Again, enjoyable with interesting characters I look forward to reading of her books in the future Again, I want to read Her books If want to read Stephen King, I will read Stephen King I personally think this Author is doing herself a disservice by being similar to Stephen King So many reviewers are mentioning him in their reviews of her books She has a great book in her, I know it Her writing is good I would love to read something very original by her Thank you to Crown Publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own. Julia had a history of depression She just had a divorce from Ben s father She had stopped her medication and requested a leave of absence and took Ben out of school Then she bludgeoned her son to death before she blew her own head off She wrote three words in blood on the wall of Ben s bedroom, NOT MY SON Are these the actions of a mad woman or an unbalanced mind or is this something a lot sinister Joe never wanted to return to his hometown, Arnhill But he is really didn t have a choice, because of what happened to Ben Morton and also what happened years ago to Joe s sister is happening again It was really hard for him to return to the abandoned mine where it all went wrong and changed his life forever He did not want to confront the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister and himself The worst moment for Joe wasn t the day his sister went missing It was the day she came back I loved this book It was dark and so creepy If you love creepy then I think you will love this book It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book It was horrifying in some parts It had a very creepy supernatural factor to it that I just loved I noticed that this book had some similarities to two of Stephen King s books I love Stephen King, so I really loved this book This book was so bizarre I thought this book was darker and supernatural than The Chalk Man I loved this one a little bit In the beginning, I did not know what was going on and so many times I read the phrase, It is happening again which kept me intrigued I just had so many questions and was happy that they were all answered in the end I loved the twists, and I found it to be a fast paced book and hard to put down I can t wait for my next C.J Tudor book.This was a Traveling Sister Read and we all had mixed feelings about this book I am just happy that I ended up loving it I want to thank Netgalley, Crown Penguin Random House and the author for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is CJ Tudor s follow up novel to her brilliant debut The Chalk Man, and it is a fantastic macabre horror mystery featuring Joe Thorne, a has been teacher whose gambling addiction has transpired to burden him with debts that he cannot afford to pay off to the scary and menacing Fatman Joe returns home to the old mining village of Arnhill in Nottinghamshire Arnhill has a history of misfortune, with a failing Academy, a school where Joe has been taken on as a English teacher, a post he conned his way into Being short of funds, he rents a notorious house where a recent tragedy still haunts the place When Joe was a child, his beloved 8 year old younger sister, Annie, disappeared for 48 hours, only to return a completely different girl Joe is a man of secrets, prone to bearing grudges and holding on to resentments as he confronts the past, the fallout from his membership of a gang run by the brutal bully, Stephen Hurst, a suicide, a murder and his childhood infatuation with the beautiful Marie Gibson.Joe is not welcomed by the community with open arms, his former gang members and others project deeply held animosity and hostility and willing to express this violently Stephen Hurst is now a powerful and wealthy man locally, on the school governing board, and makes it transparently clear he will do anything to ensure that Joe leaves Stephen married Marie Gibson, now a dying woman suffering from cancer Joe s problems have followed him to Arnhill with the appearance of Gloria, a hitwoman intent on ensuring that Joe pays his debts Joe befriends the art teacher, Beth Scattergood, and becomes aware that little has changed at the school and in a community harbouring dark deeds He is plagued by vibrantly vivid nightmares and the house is exhibiting some eerie and creepy vibes linked to the dreadful events that occurred there As the past haunts the present, and the pressure piles up on Joe, we learn of what happened to Annie, and of an ancient evil that has dwelled in the area.There is no doubt there are familiar horror tropes in this utterly gripping story, from a one eyed doll called Abbie Eyes, to the overflowing presence of beetles and , but Tudor uses them with panache as she spins the most spellbinding of yarns in an area littered with abandoned mines Joe is a terrific protagonist, the anti hero returning home to address the issues that drove him away There are twists galore as Joe learns that not all his perceptions of past history are accurate I found this a riveting novel that drew me in instantly from the moment I began to turn the pages Tudor is a talented and entertaining storyteller, and I cannot wait to read what she writes next This will appeal to those who enjoy dark unsettling mysteries with elements of the supernatural Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC. Creepy with a hint of horror.Joe Thorne returns to his hometown of Arnhill A place he swore he would never return And now, no one is exactly over joyed to see him back in town Joe is here looking for answers His sister disappeared at the age of 8, and when she returned days later she was never the same there were others that also came back different. This is the second book I ve read by C.J Tudor While I wasn t a huge fan of her previous work, The Chalk Man I was ready to try again I really wanted to love this one Unfortunately this book also ended up falling a little flat for me I do like my thrillers dark but this one went just a bit too far over that line Even with an ending that was somewhat shocking, I was still left with too many unanswered questions I hope it will work better for you A buddy read with Susanne Thank you to NetGalley , Crown Publishing and C.J Tudor for an ARC to read and review. Amazing Books, The Hiding Place By C.J Tudor This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Hiding Place, Essay By C.J Tudor Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You The unattainable.Those things beyond reach in life, never designated as ours.Joe Thorne knows this wrong end of the stick phenomenon since the early days of his youth The pieces of life s puzzle just don t seem to fit together But something is drawing him back to his hometown Arnhill in Nottinghamshire is just about the last place he d like to hang his hat Too many bad vibes and too many heavy memories that wind their way into your dreams at night like odorous trickles of swamp water.But Joe is leaving behind a questionable past from the last school that he taught at A bit of creativity in his resume will most assuredly secure him a position at the Arnhill Academy..that and the fact that the Academy is desperate to fill the opening left by the previous teacher who was found dead along with her son in the very cottage that Joe will be renting Joe will be telling y all about those spiffy accommodations soon.The town of Arnhill has been plagued with many misfortunes that linger from the past Back in 1949 a mining disaster took the lives of 18 men in The Pit The regional stories in the local pubs conjure up many a ghost story that take on a life of their own.And Joe has his own personal bag of phantoms from the past He ll be tossing back quite a few at the pub after school hours But it s never enough to drown out the loss of his little sister, Annie And you ll be wanting to know the mind boggling details that won t be surfacing until much later.C.J Tudor has a remarkable writing style that snaps you up and brings you right in the midst of shifting sands Just when you think you knowyou most certainly don t For those of you who have read The Chalk Man, you realize this full out But The Hiding Place absorbs the darkness surrounding it It is on a far different plane than The Chalk Man There was a true camaraderie of friends uplifting one another in her previous novel This one dabbles in the dark underbelly of treacherous individuals engaging in treacherous acts There s almost a Stephen King flavor added to this electrified punch Quirky dialogue, topped with humor, always finds its way into Tudor s writing She s a master Nuff said.I received a copy of The Hiding Place through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to the talented C.J Tudor and to Crown Publishing for the opportunity. One of my favorite things about The Chalk Man was the writing And it s equally good here, in The Hiding Place It s not often I find myself highlighting phrases in a mystery But that s exactly what I ve done with both of Tudor s books Joe Thorne returns to his dismal home town of Arnhill and gets himself hired as a teacher Joe s not one to make friends He s hiding from folks outside of town, while taking on his old school friends in town Joe, despite his numerous faults, is a character I could really care about He s a gambler, a bit of a drunk, but he still means well and has trouble turning his back on the students who need his help The town is as much a character as any of the people and Tudor does an excellent job of portraying that small town, claustrophobic, cloying nature The book is as much a horror story as a mystery There are some particularly gruesome scenes There are ghosts There are creepy, crawly things that sent shivers up my spine The story kept me engaged and I kept wanting to read just one chapter The ending had a few nice twists, even if it was a tad contrived.My thanks to netgalley and Crown Publishing for an advance copy of this book.
C J Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter.She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatc
- 432 pages
- The Hiding Place
- C.J. Tudor
- 28 December 2019 C.J. Tudor