The Taking of Annie Thorne - C.J. Tudor
Reading Challenge Category: Just really wanted to read it!
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. But she couldn't, or wouldn't, say what had happened to her. 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 two months ago. I almost deleted it straight away, but then I clicked OPEN: I know what happened to your sister. It's happening again . . .
This book had me on the edge of my seat, in a scared for my life kind of way! I, unfortunately, decided the best time to read this creepy thriller was last thing at night. The first night I went to sleep just after having read the part where there are beetles everywhere, so that paved the way for some lovely nightmares! The second night I stayed up until the early hours of the morning to get it finished. Meaning, I’d spent a good couple of hours inside this book, and so it was nice and ingrained in my sub-conscious for a second night of nightmares! My advice read this during the day! I think I was freaked out more than usual as one of the dates mentioned of when it was occurring was the 6th of September, I looked at the calendar and yup you’ve got it, it was the 6th of September. The teacher who goes mad was Mrs Morton; I get a birthday and Christmas card each year from my form tutor who was of course called Mrs Morton! Freaky! This book, like the author’s debut novel ‘The Chalk Man’ will keep you hooked. You don’t know a lot about the story going in so you are wondering where it is going, and what it is all about for the majority of the book. Overall, it was a very strange premise, and I couldn’t quite get my head around it all in the end. A lot is going on but not too much that you get lost but enough to keep you interested in all the players. This author certainly knows how to write a creepy thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. I was expecting some massive twist or unveiling at the end, but the conclusion is just part of the end of the book, and nothing is left unsaid. I think the original title, or maybe it is the US title, ‘The Hiding Place’ was more fitting for this book. The title ‘The Taking of Annie Thorne’ as it is slightly inaccurate.