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The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

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Book Summary

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang—the betrayal, the suicide—and 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, not after a chilling email surfaces in his inbox: I know what happened to your sister. It’s happening again . . .

Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with onetime friends who aren’t 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 the abandoned mine where his life changed forever, and finally confronting the 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.


Condition: New

Paperback, Published January 14, 2020 by Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9781524761028

1 review for The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

  1. Chandra

    OK. So this one is going to garner some VERY interesting reviews. Here’s the thing – while I was very meh about The Chalk Man up until the final scene – which changed the whole thing for me, I felt The Hiding Place read smoother and kept my interest from the first page.

    Tudor, based on these two books, seems to like the bully/loner kid theme. This main character was a little of both and struggling with not only his own very deep issues of addiction and long term grief but with returning to his home town where he is very clearly not wanted. (Yet another book that gives me great happiness to not have grown up in a small town.)

    When things become all too similar to what happened to his sister to yet another family, he needs some answers and quite frankly, so did I. The opening scene really snagged me, not gonna lie. Based on that alone, I started to get maybe some changeling vibes and I don’t know why but that continued to stick in my head even though it wasn’t quite what it was. Am I making sense? Do you ever get an idea in your head about a read and then can’t quite get yourself stuck off that idea even though it absolutely is not going in that direction? I almost thought it was until it went in a different direction and yet I couldn’t stop holding on to this idea!

    The thing with this book is that I had already heard a lot of King similarities and grumbles about The Chalk Man from some reviewers and this one is going to do the same. Avid King readers are not going to be happy about the similarities that are all too familiar in this book to a certain very well loved book. Those who aren’t familiar with King will absolutely adore and love this book and like the thriller/horror mix. Me? Well I’m both an avid King reader and lover and while for some reason the light bulb didn’t go off until a friend pointed it out, it was definitely an Ohhhhhhhhh moment and yet I STILL LOVE THIS BOOK. Does this make me a horrible King fan? NOPE. Sometimes you just get enraptured in a book and get blinders to what else is happening. Quite frankly, I absolutely see it now but I’m going off the exact feeling when I turned that last page and well I really was highly entertained and that last chapter made my little black heart go ok… ok now… ❤

    To each their own my friends and this is one of the best things I love about reading and how subjective everything is. I felt Tudor gave a great story with some very flawed characters and creepy scenes. You pick up this book and decide on your own which way you’ll sway.
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