I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour and sharing my review for The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor today. I would like to thank Jenny at Michael Joseph for my copy and invite to join the tour. First of all though let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
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. Though she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say what had happened to her.
But 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 nearly two months ago.
I almost deleted it straight away – but I clicked Open:
I know what happened to your sister. It’s happening again . . .
Let me just start by saying that this book will grab hold and not let you go until the truth is discovered. Well that’s what happened to me anyway! Right so I guess I’ll try to make sense with the rest of my review but the thing is The Taking of Annie Thorne is the type of book that as soon as I tried putting my thoughts down I just couldn’t seem to get it right so if I ramble on I apologise. This is all down to how brilliant it was, put it this way me trying to make sense of all the thoughts going around my head wasn’t an easy thing. I think it’s safe to say that this book is one that will stay with me for a while!
With a tension filled and eerie presence throughout, it really felt like I was a fly on the wall experiencing everything with Joe as he goes back to the village where he spent his childhood. Seeing everything in the present play out along with feeling on edge and nervous at the same time as the past is slowly but surely revealed! There is a such a wonderful creepy undercurrent running throughout and I couldn’t wait to discover what really happened to Joe and Annie all those years ago. All I can say is the writing did not disappoint and I loved the way that C.J. Tudor made me ever so curious releasing bits of information but also posing more questions which made this plot so very intriguing.
I’m trying to be as vague as I can regarding the plot because it is such a cleverly crafted story and I would hate to ruin even a single moment. However what I will say is be prepared for surprises, twists and characters that will make you experience various emotions. Now I will say that Joe isn’t completely likeable but I do love a complicated character. He did feel pretty real to me with flaws and a hint of darkness lurking below the surface as he struggles with his past. The thing that Joe did however was make me smile with the down to earth way he spoke and his inner thoughts.
The Taking of Annie Thorne will leave you feeling on edge as you know that a supernatural element is waiting to pop up which increases both the tension and general unease. It is all wrapped up in a well balanced and compelling story that kept me completely focused until the very last page!
I have to admit that as soon as I finished this book I immediately started listening to the audiobook version and I can say that I’m just as hooked by this version maybe even more so because it is read by the wonderful Richard Armitage 😍 I thought reading the book was brilliant but so far the audiobook is heightening every feeling that I experienced whilst reading! Whether you choose to listen or read this story you really are in for a treat!