The Hiding Place: A Novel by C.J. Tudor

March 19th, 2019 Kimberly Review 23 Comments

19th Mar
The Hiding Place: A Novel by C.J. Tudor
The Hiding Place
by C.J. Tudor
Narrator: Richard Armitage
Length: 10 hours and 43 minutes
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Narration: 4.5 cups Speed: 1.2x

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

Fave Narrator HORRIFIC SUSPENSE thriller

I enjoyed Chalk Man and was excited to dive into The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor. Narrated by Richard Armitage, Tudor’s second novel offered a spin-tingling, creepy suspense with some supernatural elements that reminded me of Pet Sematary by Stephen King.

Reason to grab your earbuds, turn on the lights and listen to The Hiding Place

  • The story pulled me in almost immediately with details from a dilapidated cottage. Tudor wasted no time setting the atmospheric tone for this tale with his description of death, decay and insects swarming around two dead bodies.
  • Joe, a gambler and drunk with a teaching degree returns to Arnhill. He lies to obtain a job at the local school and rents out a dilapidated cottage with a sinister history.
  • Joe had no intentions of ever stepping foot back in Arnhill. It’s a depressed mining town he spent his childhood longing to escape However, he owes money to some dangerous people and his return seems to have a secret agenda.
  •  Old friends, enemies and secrets lie within this sleepy town. When Joe discovers what happened to the Morton kid, he fears history is repeating itself.
  • The story is told from Joe’s perspective sharing both past and present timelines.
  • We don’t exactly know what happened to Anne, Joe’s sister, but we know it freaks Joe out. Slowly Tudor reveals things and as he did the sinister atmosphere and dark undertones of the story emerged.
  • There is a supernatural element, something other, something upside down. It set me on edge making me think there was just something there out of the corner of my eye. Tudor is in his element during these darker passages and brought it all life in freakish detail. 
  • The time in the past increases as we learn more about the dark events of long ago Tudor succeeded in sending shivers down my spine.
  • The tale reminded me of old Stephen King novels and conjured up images of the pet cemetery.
  • Characters both past and present were well developed. Joe’s an alcoholic and unsavory, but he has some redeemable characteristic. He looks out for the bullied. When the mood strikes, he can be a darn good teacher. He’s sarcastic, complex and frustrating.  It was interesting watching his outlook change as he became aware something wasn’t right with the town.
  • The last chapters had me gripping my covers and listening intensely. Reveals, twists and freak-tastic moments delivered.
  • Richard Armitage narrated and helped to enhance the storyline. I think parts may have read slow or maybe dry is a better word, but the narrator pushed me past those moments setting the tone and delivering unique voices. 

For my friends across the sea they released the book in the UK as The Taking of Annie Thorne.  The Hiding Place from Annie Doll to the hillside offered a creepy listen and I had fun listening. 

The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor delivered from Annie Doll to the hillside offering a creepy listen that pulled me in. #iloveaudiobooks #horror #mystery Click To Tweet

About C.J. Tudor

C.J. Tudor

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. In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatch. Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. She also annoyed Tim Robbins by asking a question about Susan Sarandon’s breasts and was extremely flattered when Robert Downey Junior showed her his chest.

While writing the Chalk Man she ran a dog-walking business, walking over twenty dogs a week as well as looking after her little girl. She’s been writing since she was a child but only knuckled down to it properly in her thirties. Her English teacher once told her that if she ‘did not become Prime Minister or a best-selling author’ he would be ‘very disappointed.’

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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23 Responses to “The Hiding Place: A Novel by C.J. Tudor”

  1. Carla

    Great review Kimberly. I love your points at the end. I also enjoyed The Chalk Man and want to get to this one, but it sounds a bit more horror like than I envisioned.

  2. verushka

    Tudor’s last book was as good a read as I’d hoped and from that I now realised I had some preconceptions about this one — which you have utterly just upended with this review! I did not expect a supernatural aspect of it.

  3. Olivia Roach

    I like that you include the speed you listened to audiobooks on with the review! I’ve only recently started listening to audiobooks and very very recently started to speed them up as well. Also, I’ve been hearing good things about this mystery and it sounds creepy that it includes a supernatural element in it too!

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  4. Heidi

    I am on the fence on this one. I liked Chalk Man, but it wasn’t a wow for me. This one sounds creepy good… I will put it in my maybe pile.

  5. Anna

    It sounds like a great audiobook. I guess you can never go wrong with Richard Armitage narrating it. 😉

  6. Melliane

    I did ask the French publisher for the translation of this book I think, but I don’t remember so I’ll see when I get the novel

  7. Lizzy

    This one has been on my TBR for awhile now, glad to see such a positive review! I admit I’m tempted by the audiobook SOLELY because Richard Armitage is the narrator…be still my heart. LOL

  8. Trish

    I like that description of ‘something other”, I’ll keep it in mind the next time I want a creepy audiobook.