Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published: February 2019
Publisher: Michael Joseph
My Rating: 🦋🦋🦋🦋.5/5
One night In the small town of Arnhill, 8 year old Annie Thorne went missing. No one knows what happened or where she went. 48 hours later she turns up without saying what happened to her. Annie was never the same after that. Now years later, an email arrives in Joseph Thorne, Annie’s older brother’s inbox saying ‘I know what happened to your sister. It’s happening again.’ And with that, he returns to his former home town hoping to finally get the answers he has been searching for all these years.
After I read Tudor’s debut novel The Chalkman, I was excited to read this one which is her second book and it did not disappoint. This book is a truly creepy psychological thriller. It can be quite graphic, so be warned. The prologue opens with a gruesome murder scene. There is also a bit of a supernatural element, which I was not expecting but enjoyed.
The story is narrated by Joe Thorne, Annie’s older brother. He is serious, sarcastic and and uses nicotine and alcohol as a crutch. He’s single and alone most of the time. Which has some similarities to Tudor’s main character in the Chalkman. The town of Arnhill is portrayed as a dark and gloomy, not a place I would want to set foot in. I wouldn’t say any of the characters are really likable, but that’s what keeps things interesting and real in a sense. I mean, you don’t like everyone you meet in life.
This novel also explores topics such as bullying, classism, suicide and abuse. And once again shows how wealth can influence the justice system. And the rules that apply to most don’t always apply to those with money. Sad, but true.
“People say time is a great healer. They’re wrong. Time is simply a great eraser.”C.J. Tudor, The Taking of Annie Thorne
I do enjoy a novel with chapters that alternate between past and present, allowing you to live in between those two tenses. In this way you also get some background information about the characters.
This is the second Tudor novel I have read. And I can safely say, she has been added to my list of auto-buy authors 😁