The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
Published February 5th, 2019 by Crown Publishing
Genres Thriller, Suspense
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.
I really enjoyed the author’s first book, The Chalk Man and had high hopes for her second novel, The Hiding Place. I have to say, I do believe I hold an unpopular opinion about this book, as most of the reviews I have read so far are quite positive. When I was reading The Chalk Man, I got a few vibes from Stephen King’s “IT”. While reading The Hiding Place, I also found some parts that were very similar to “Pet Semetary” by Stephen King. I haven’t read Pet Semetary in about 10 year, but I vividly remember certain parts. Now I know that the author is a big fan of Stephen King, as am I, but I am just not really a fan of reading books that remind me so closely of other books.
I also have to say that I also wasn’t that fond of our main character, Joe Thorne, and found his personality to actually be fairly annoying. I also had some issues with his constant discrimination against a variety of people. I do enjoy the author’s writing and I do think that she is a very creative story teller, this book just wasn’t a hit for me. I do however recommend checking out this author’s work and making your own conclusions. As I said earlier, I seem to have an unpopular opinion about this book. I do look forward to seeing what the author publishes in the future, as I did really enjoy The Chalk Man.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book.