The Taking of Annie Thorne is the 2nd book by British author CJTudor. She has previously authored “The Cretaceous”, which became a success outside and at home. The book is not part of the series and can, therefore, be read independently.
Annie Thorne disappeared one evening and was gone for 48 hours. She came back, but she would not tell where she was or what had happened to her. After she returned, things began to go awry.
Now Joe is back in his old childhood town of Arnhill, where he is in no way welcomed. He moves into an old house where a mother recently killed herself and her son.
Ghosts, ghosts, and creepy childhood memories are what characterize this book. We come all the way to the head of our main character, Joe Thorne, who first lost his little sister Annie for 48 hours and subsequently in a tragic car accident. What happened to the sister still haunts Joe, and he frantically tries to find an explanation.
I’m not sure if I want to call the book a crime or a thriller. It may be a shudder. I read the last 100 pages just before bedtime. It was stupid. I had to just go for a walk in the apartment before going to bed. I know it sounds silly, but I actually got a little scared. Although I consider myself a relatively hard type that does not use its non-hands as a shield in front of the TV, the book still creeps under my skin at last
I’m sure that when The Taking of Annie Thorne is a book that shares the waters. Either one is in favor of the way the book is written, or one does not even capture the author’s intention with the book at all. I am a fan. I was several times surprised at how frightened I became over items and small past episodes as I read.
One place, relatively late in the book, Annie is described standing by her window in the children’s room – we are here with a look back. The way she is described reminds me extremely much about the girls in Stephen King’s book, The Shining.
Now that I have mentioned Stephen King and The Shining – Evil’s Hotel in Danish – you do not come across Jack Nicholson’s performance in the film based on the book. I think that when Annie Thorne disappeared could be a great movie. It is pretty scary and quite strange to be able to attract a broad audience. This is also, though we have no Jack Torrence in then Annie Thorne disappeared.
If you like the way Stephen King writes, then you will also like CJ Tudor. You should read When Annie Thorne disappeared if you want a psychological thriller/thriller that has a bit of it all in it. Otherwise, I was really well-entertained, though I usually stick to the crimes.