It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.

The Taking of Annie Thorne, by international bestselling author of The Chalk ManC.J. Tudor, is published in the UK today by Penguin / Michael Joseph.

The novel, which was published by Penguin / Crown in the US as The Hiding Place earlier this month, has already garnered a huge amount of UK publicity in the lead up to it’s publication:

“There is no second-album syndrome: the mix of grotty provincial realism and amateur cold-case sleuthing works just as well here” Sunday Times Review

“If you found your pulse racing as you read Tudor’s previous book, you won’t be disappointed in The Taking of Annie Thorne, another spooky, sinister slice of tension.” Wiltshire Magazine

“C.J. Tudor’s The Taking of Annie Thorne shows that her excellent The Chalk Man was no one-off in matching Stephen King for creepiness” Express

“Some writers have it, and some don’t.  CJ Tudor has it big time – The Hiding Place is terrific in every way.” Lee Child

The worst day of his life wasn’t when his sister went missing… it was the day she came back. 

Joe never wanted to return home. After the way things ended with his old gang – betrayal, suicide and murder – he got out and never looked back. 

So why, after all these years, is Joe once again in his hometown, lying through his teeth to get a teaching position at his former school? Is he just there to settle old scores? Is he trying to escape his enemies? Or does it have something to do with the recent killing that has shocked the small village, and the email that simply read: 

I know what really happened to your sister. It’s happening again. 

One thing is for sure, Joe has a very good reason for coming back… Because only Joe knows what really happened all those years ago – and who is to blame…

The audiobook for The Taking of Annie Thorne is read by Richard Armitage (Spooks and The Hobbit). You can hear an extract from it here:

C.J. Tudor’s first novel, The Chalk Man was crowned the winner of The Cabot Cove Award at the The Dead Good Reader Awards 2018 and reached No. 6 in the Sunday Times, as well as selling into 40 territories.

It was longlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, was shortlisted in the Crime & Thriller Category at the National Book Awards 2018 alongside the likes of Val McDermid, Ian Rankin and Robert Galbraith, and was shortlisted for the Hebban Thriller Club Award.

C. J. Tudor lives in Sussex, England with her partner and young daughter.

Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voiceover artist and dog-walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn’t miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much.