The Taking of Annie Thorne begins with Joe Thorne returning to the village where he was raised and from where his sister Annie disappeared when she was eight. She returned, seemingly unharmed, 24 hours later, and even if Joe’s parents didn’t admit that there was something very different about Annie, it was obvious to Joe that she wasn’t the same as before. Joe is a failed gambler on the run from someone he owes a large amount of money to and he returns to Arnhill, a mining town with a dark past, to teach at his old school. He needs money to pay his debts and has scores to settle.
I was initially hooked by the mystery of what happened to Annie but was then drawn into Joe’s story of his past and what had happened to his friends from the nineties to the present day. The book is set in two timelines, the present day and twenty-five years before when Annie disappeared and then returned, and I thought the two were tied together brilliantly. I hadn’t realised there would be a supernatural side to the story, and I think that’s the only part I didn’t really enjoy, but the characters in this book, the build-up of tension, and the unexpected twists were brilliant.
I hadn’t read C J Tudor’s previous book and so didn’t know what to expect, but The Taking of Annie Thorne kept me reading late into the night and then when I’d finished I was too spooked to go to sleep.
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