There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst.
And then, miraculously, she came back.
She couldn't, or wouldn't, say what had happened.
But she wasn't the same afterwards. She wasn't my Annie.
Because sometimes my own little sister scared me to death . . .
The email arrives in my inbox:
I know what happened to your sister.
It's happening again . . .
You'll be gripped by the spine-tingling and sinister new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man . . .
'Confirms Tudor as Britain's female Stephen King. There is a creeping dread on every page' Daily Mail
'Shows that her excellent The Chalk Man was no one-off in matching Stephen King for creepiness' Sunday Express
'Written with such skill it's hard to believe this is only her second book. It gives King a run for his money' James Oswald, author of the Inspector McLean series
'Dark, gothic and utterly compelling' J. P. Delaney, author of Believe Me
'Deliciously creepy . . . An absolute corker of a book' Riley Sager, bestselling author of The Last Time I Lied
Some writers have it, and some don't. C. J. Tudor has it big time . . . The Taking of Annie Thorne is terrific in every way (Lee Child)
Confirms Tudor as Britain's female Stephen King. There is a creeping dread on every page and, as you start a new chapter, a dark shadow over your shoulder. Tudor's punk prose style and her great eye for menace make this a book no one should read at night. (Daily Mail)
There is no sign of second-album syndrome: the mix of grotty provincial realism and amateur cold-case sleuthing works just as well here (The Sunday Times)
As enjoyable and well written as her first, The Chalk Man (Daily Mirror)
Dark, gothic and utterly compelling, The Taking of Annie Thorne pulls off a rare combination - an atmosphere of unsettling evil along with richly nuanced characterisation (J. P. Delaney, bestselling author of The Girl Before)
Tudor's 2018 The Chalk Man was a standout mystery novel with a fresh voice and a spooky plot. This is even better (Washington Post)
Shows that her excellent The Chalk Man was no one-off in matching Stephen King for creepiness (Sunday Express's Bestseller Predictions 2019)
From the author of The Chalk Man comes an equally creepy story about missing children (Woman & Home)
Spine-tingling (Sunday Post)
Spine tinglingly good (Amy Lloyd, bestselling author of The Innocent Wife)