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.
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Release Date: February 5, 2019
Genre: Psychological Horror. Thriller. Suspense.
Actual Rating: 5 stars
The Hiding Place is a tense and original read that blew my mind! I got the chills, felt the tension, and wanted to scream in delight! I enjoyed reading the authors debut - The Chalk Man, but I LOVED this one. I actually devoured it in one sitting because I couldn't stop reading. If you are looking for a book the defies the genres, one that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and one with a brilliant and twisty ending, this is a must have for you! I have seen a lot of mixed reviews for this one, but this in itself should make you want to read it yourself to form your own opinion.
First and foremost, this book was very unexpected for me. I didn't go into it blind (although I think readers should) so I had some ideas floating around in my head as to what was going to happen. Boy was I wrong! This book is like a Stephen King book only shorter and a bit more character driven. You may be wondering HOW it's like a Stephen King book and I'll tell you as a spoiler (which I don't recommend reading until you have read the book yourself: [You know how the characters in Pet Semetary want the bring their loved ones back from the dead? Well, it's got similarities to that only we aren't sure WHY kids who go down in the mine come back differently (hide spoiler)].
As for characters, I'll be the first to admit that the protagonist isn't the most likable or easy to connect with. He has a murky past, has gotten himself into some troubles, and doesn't seem to want to make his life any better. He's more set on revenge and bringing down people he feels wronged him. He's obviously also an important piece to the puzzle of the story, and not being able to fully like him will put some readers off, but for me, it's what sets the tone of the story.
Finally, the authors use of supernatural elements within the story is what MAKES the story. There are not many authors that can pull this off in a believable way but guess what? C.J. Tudor DOES IT. And quite frankly, does it well (superbly even).
All in all, I really liked this book. If it's getting a 5 star rating from me that means that it had me spellbound. It also holds a ton of originality (even though some may disagree with me), epic twists and turns, and a whole lot of chilling moments. I really am looking forward to seeing what others think of the novel once it is officially releases in February.
This book would be perfect for
➜ Anyone who enjoys psychological horror novels- heavy on the thrills and supernatural aspects.
➜ Fans of Sarah Pinborough- the one book that comes to mind when I think of doing a bit of a comparison between books is Behind Her Eyes
➜ Fans of Stephen Kings earlier works; Pet Semetary, The Shining, etc. (not everyone will agree with this and that's fine, but this is what I think).
➜ Those who enjoyed the authors debut novel, The Chalk Man
You can find all the latest book reviews I have posted on the blog! I read various genres depending on my mood so there is a little something for any reader. xox Elle xox