PUBLISHER: Doubleday Canada, Crown Publishing
PUBLICATION DATE: February 5th, 2019
Thank you to Doubleday Canada and Crown Publishing for gifting me an ARC copy of The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor to read and share my review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.
Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.
Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with former friends who are none too happy to have him back in town–while avoiding the enemies he’s made in the years since–is tougher. But the hardest part of all will be returning to that abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life changed forever, and finally confronting the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister and himself. Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn’t the day his sister went missing.
It was the day she came back.
This was the first book I have read by C.J. Tudor and trust me, if will not be my last! She has such a way of writing that grabs your attention and demands it the entire way throughout the book.
The Hiding Place was such a creepy, addictive, and dark novel and I enjoyed every second if it! One heck of a ride as we explore small town happenings both past and present. Joe returns to his hometown and we get glimpses into his life as a child growing up with sister Annie who had disappeared when they were young. Why did Annie disappear? What happened to her all those years ago?
Joe was a complicated, troubled and unreliable character, which made for a great story as being told from his perspective. I couldn’t help but feel bad for him, as he tells his story about what happened to make him into the man he is today. As unreliable a character as he is, I enjoyed reading about his dark and tragic past. He had been through so much in his young and adult life.
And the fact that Joe returns to that creepy, old town mine years after the fact! How creepy is that!? It gave me chills reading about the mine and all the things that happened there. I loved the creepy vibes of this book and the mystery of it all.
I’ll be on the looking for Tudor’s other novels. Well done!
MY RATING: 4/5 stars