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February 18, 2019

The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"Even before stepping into the cottage, Gary knows that this is bad.

It's the sickly-sweet smell drifting out through the open door, the flies buzzing around, the sticky, hot hallway and, if that isn't a dead giveaway that something about this house is not right, not right in the worst possible way, then the silence confirms it." Prologue, pg 1

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February 2019; Crown; 978-1524761011
audio, ebook, print (288 pages); mystery
The Hiding Place is the second book by C.J. Tudor. I loved her first book, The Chalk Man, and was hoping that her new book would be as good. I shouldn't have worried about it because even though this book is very different, it was suspenseful and scary and a real page-turner.

Joe Thorne moved back to the town he grew up in after promising himself that he would never return. He has two reasons for returning - he needs a job and there was a teaching job available and he needs to try to stop what is happening to children in the town. When Joe was young, his sister Annie disappeared for 2 days and then returned as a totally different child.  Now he sees it happening again to other children in the town and he knows that he has to put a stop to it. Despite the enemies that Joe left in town he believes there is evil in the town that must be stopped. The town tries to get Joe to leave and his enemies work against him at every turn. The ensuing story is creepy and spine-tingling and keeps the reader turning pages to the surprising end.

As with The Chalk Man, this author does a great job of character development. She created a main character who was very driven but very believable. Her descriptions of small-town life in England are also a strong reason that this book was so fantastic.

This was a fantastic page-turner with a touch of horror. I found it well written and addictive and a fantastic book.

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About the Author:

The Hiding Place
C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter.

She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter

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  1. I have this coming up in my TBR pile and I'm excited about it. I also love that it has a touch of horror, that's a great descriptor, thanks! Thanks for being on the tour!

    Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  2. The cover, that prologue, and your review have me convinced this would be a great read for me.

    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. Awesome review!! I really loved this one as well! I read it in one day I was so hooked!! :)

    Erica | Erica Robyn Reads