One night Annie went missing. There were searches and appeals but the outcome looked bleak. After 48 hours a miracle happened and she returned home. Where she went remained a mystery to everyone.
Something happened to Annie she wasn’t the same girl again. Even her brother Joe was scared even if he couldn’t admit it.
Joe lived with what happened for 20 years before circumstances took him back to his home town.
Well it’s happened again,another great read from the pen of CJ Tudor. Just as haunting as her first but with more of a polished edge. Her style has yet to settle into one that is more unique to her but it’s hard to write a horror/ suspense novel without your own favourite authors haunting its pages. It’s Stephen King voice I feel whispering throughout this one , as I thought it was James Herbert within the pages of The Chalk Man. That’s just my opinion on that though.
This book will certainly be on many TBR pile’s this year as it was on mine. A story that is hauntingly eerie in a manner that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow Joe’s journey to his past. Live each day of Joe’s nightmare alongside him as he wrestles with his past. A past that we find out about in generous chunks as it runs side by side with his present life. The author keeps the plot moving along at nice steady pace for me that doesn’t see me skipping parts to get to the end of the page. A pace that saw me indulging and savouring each paragraph and page. A chilling, taut, thrilling, hair on the back of your neck standing up kind of book. An author whose true voice has yet to be revealed through her stories but it’s getting there, and I am sure future books will reveal it in its true glory.
As always these are just my opinions. Thanks to NETGALLEY for the chance to read it.
STAR RATING 4