21 February 2019

The Hiding Place | Book Review + Giveaway


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.

“Some writers have it, and some don’t. CJ Tudor has it big time—The Hiding Place is terrific in every way.” –Lee Child

“With The Hiding Place, CJ Tudor has proven that she is a true master at creating perfectly dark, highly propulsive, and tightly coiled mysteries that are utterly impossible to put down. From page one, the reader is pulled in with a gathering sense of dread, and taken on an addictive, thrilling ride to the very last page.” –Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother

Publisher: Crown
Release Date: February 5, 2019


On par with The Chalk Man, C.J. Tudor’s The Hiding Place is exactly the thriller I hoped to find when I started reading. Dark, creepy, sinister, it is one that fans of the genre will not want to skip.

When Joe Thorne returns to his hometown, a place he never missed, he must confront the mysterious tragedy of his childhood. The town’s history is riddled with strange occurrences, and as present begins to mirror the past, Joe delves into the truth behind it all. The tension of intrigue and suspense build palpably from the start, leading to an ending well worth the wait.

The Hiding Place is an addicting read—I couldn’t put it down, always wondering what would happen next. It’s definitely a fun book to read, full of thrills and chills, and I recommend it.


Thanks to TLC Book Tours, I received a complimentary copy of The Hiding Place and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


C. J. Tudor is the author of The Chalk Man, and lives in Nottingham, England, with her partner and three-year-old daughter. Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voice-over, and dog walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn’t miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much.


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  1. As soon as I heard about this exciting book, I had to add it to my Goodreads. I love to read thrillers and this one sounds so awesome.

  2. Sounds good can't wait to read this book.

  3. I love that it reminds you have her previous work, that's really important that fans can recognize the uniqueness of the story but also it feels familiar. Thanks for being on the tour!

    Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  4. Thanks for your review! This book sounds so good, and I enjoyed her debut. Looking forward to reading this one too.