Sneak Peek Sunday is a weekly meme created by Kim, Christina and I where we give a peek into our thoughts for a book not yet published or we give a peek into an anticipating upcoming group read. It’s a great way to share thoughts on a book not yet published.
Today I am sharing my thoughts along with Kim @It’s All About The Thrill, for The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor to be published February 5, 2019. So pop on over and take a look at her thoughts for this one. Christina @ Recipe and A Read is sharing her thoughts into an upcoming group read for My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing and also taking a peek into her upcoming 2019 list of reads.
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, CJ 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.
Well, I am not even sure I can share my thoughts as I am not sure how I feel about this story. I feel like I was left with a few questions after reading this one. So today I am going to do a little something different with my sneak peek because I am curious about how more of you felt about this story.
A terrifying, bone-chilling atmosphere that felt creepy good or creepy bad? Where some parts used for creep factor that did or didn’t add to the atmosphere or plot? Was it really creepy good or creepy bad? Was it similar to Stephen King’s plot? If you haven’t read this one, are you now curious to find out what you think?
I read The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor with a couple of our Traveling Sisters and it really made for an interesting discussion and it was one that we had mixed feeling with. Not amongst us but with the way we felt about it. It was hard not to make comparisons to Stephen King while reading this one and maybe that had a bit to do with the way we felt about the story.
Putting that all aside it’s also hard not to compare this one to her first book The Chalk Man and I did really enjoy that one however I did have a nagging feeling about that one that I carried over to this story. After reading this one, how I felt about The Chalk Man changed a bit. I wanted darker and creepy with the supernatural. I found the supernatural elements in both stories to be confusing and didn’t really think it was balanced with the humanity and human behavior to the story. I was left asking what was supernatural and what was people just behaving badly.
I haven’t read to many books by Stephen King but what I have read I thought he masterfully balances the supernatural elements to the story to the humanity of the characters. Making his stories darker and creepier. So for me, I think that feeling that this story might be similar to Stephen King’s plots might have affected the way I felt about the story.
So I have a question for you that have read this one. Did you find it was written to be similar to Stephen King’s writing or to the plot of Pet Cemetary? As readers do you think this is something we draw conclusions too and maybe affects our expectations? Drop us a comment and let us what you think. We would love to hear from you.