“One night, Annie went missing.”
“Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after forty-eight hours, she came back. But she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say what had happened to her. Something happened to my sister. I can’t explain what. I just know that when she came back, she wasn’t the same. She wasn’t my Annie. I didn’t want to admit, even to myself, that sometimes I was scared to death of my own little sister.”
I had been looking forward to reading this one for a while as I really enjoyed her first book The Chalk Man. This one is currently on a Kindle deal so I couldn’t really resist it. CJ Tudor is known for paying homage to Stephen King one of her main writing inspirations and it is evident in her work as you get some Pet Sematary vibes from Annie Thorne. I recently read Pet Sematary so this gave me a bit of a thrill and I enjoyed the little nod to it. While the book is creepy its not scary so its a good read for thriller fans and not limited to horror.
The story takes time to unfold after opening with a brutal murder (this pretty much sets the tone) and we learn its relevance along the way. I liked the glimpses into the past, you’ll know from previous reviews that I really enjoy books that do flashbacks, it gives us a better understanding of what actually happened to Annie and how things really came about.
It was a really good read, easy to get through and now I look forward to her next book.