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The Taking Of Annie Thorne by CJ Tudor

The Taking Of Annie Thorne (published in the US under the title The Hiding Place) is CJ Tudor's second novel. Her horror-tinged psychological thriller The Chalk Manwas one of my favourite reads of 2018 and was widely praised, even carrying an endorsement from Stephen King who saw in it echoes of his own work.

The Taking Of Annie Thorne is really more horror than thriller. Joe Thorne, a teacher with a shady past, returns to the Nottinghamshire mining village in which he grew up to take a job at his former secondary school. He's short of money - for reasons later revealed - and decides to rent a cottage that nobody else will touch, primarily because it's the site of a recent, horrifically gruesome murder-suicide carried out by the very teacher whose old job he's filling. Arnhill, like so many villages all but destroyed by pit closures under the Thatcher government, is a miserable place with a general air of insularity and neglect, and when Joe was growing up there, also t…

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