Hardcover: 288 Pages
Publisher: Crown (February 5, 2019)
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.
“Some writers have it, and some don’t. CJ Tudor has it big time – The Hiding Place is terrific in every way.” –LEE CHILD
“With The Hiding Place, CJ Tudor has proven that she is a 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 with 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
Though I love psychological thrillers, this thriller was a little more over the top than I usually read. But after hearing so much hype about The Chalk Man, I knew I had to read CJ Tuodor's second novel! The book opens with a pretty gruesome scene that made me a little nervous for what I was getting myself into, but after reading the prologue I was hooked. I loved how snarky the main character Joe Thorne, especially in the opening chapters.
The whole story is dark and creepy, and I can't think of beetles now without shuddering. I read the entire second half of the book in one Friday night sitting, partly because I wanted to know what happened and partly because I wanted the creepy stuff to be over. If you love extra creepy thrillers with a touch of horror--this book is for you. You will not be able to put it down!!
About C.J. TudorC. 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.
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