SYNOPSIS:The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.
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.
With the same virtuosic command of character and pacing she displayed in The Chalk Man, C. J. Tudor has once again crafted an extraordinary novel that brilliantly blends harrowing psychological suspense, a devilishly puzzling mystery, and enough shocks and thrills to satisfy even the most seasoned reader.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Due to circumstances and poor choices, Joe Thorne was returning o the very place he swore he'd never go back to..Arnhill, It was the very small town he grew up in, escaped from, and thought he'd never see again. Now he is back to teach school.
He rents a tiny apartment, but it suits him just fine...It is all he can afford.
His escape to this small town seems perfect for awhile, then things begin to get complicated.
I feel this story has a slightly weak beginning but the suspense and intrigue grows as the plot "thickens". The ending was slightly leery, but too incomplete to be an effective lead into the next book of the series. It would have been better to just end it before the Epilogue.
The characters were very l real and easily related to. The scenes were portrayed in a way the reader could easily visualize them. I enjoyed the "cocky", "dry" humor of the main character. The story was well-written.
The Book Title and Cover were both "fitting" yet not one most "browsers" would be drawn to... I still feel it earns a solid Four Stars rating.
*READER BEWARE: There is a lot of profanity and some sexual innuendos in this novel**This book was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
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.’
The Chalk Man was inspired by a tub of chalks a friend bought for her daughter’s second birthday. One afternoon they drew chalk figures all over the driveway. Later that night she opened the back door to be confronted by weird stick men everywhere. In the dark, they looked incredibly sinister. She called to her partner: ‘These chalk men look really creepy in the dark . . .’
She is never knowingly over-dressed. She has never owned a handbag and the last time she wore heels (twelve years ago) she broke a tooth.
She loves The Killers, Foo Fighters and Frank Turner. Her favourite venue is Rock City.
Her favourite films are Ghostbusters and The Lost Boys. Her favourite authors are Stephen King, Michael Marshall and Harlan Coben.
She is SO glad she was a teenager in the eighties.
She firmly believes that there are no finer meals than takeaway pizza and champagne, or chips with curry sauce after a night out.
Everyone calls her Caz.
C. J. Tudor’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:Monday, January 28th: Books & Bindings
Tuesday, January 29th: Books Before Bedtime and @booksbeforebedtime
Wednesday, January 30th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Thursday, January 31st: Jessicamap Reviews and @jessicamapreviews
Friday, February 1st: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, February 4th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, February 5th: @outofthebex
Wednesday, February 6th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, February 7th: @prose_and_palate
Friday, February 8th: Thoughts from a Highly Caffeinated Mind
Monday, February 11th: Novel Gossip and @novelgossip
Tuesday, February 12th: Erica Robyn Reads
Wednesday, February 13th: @scaredstraightreads
Thursday, February 14th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, February 15th: Rockin’ Book Reviews
Monday, February 18th: @wherethereadergrows
Monday, February 18th: Girl Who Reads
Wednesday, February 20th: Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, February 21st: Book by Book
Friday, February 22nd: Book Fidelity
Monday, February 25th: @hotcocoareads
Wednesday, February 27th: Booktimistic and @booktimistic
Thursday, February 28th: Midwest Ladies Who Lit
Monday, March 4th: Wining Wife
Tuesday, March 5th: Write Read Life
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