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Sneak Peek Sunday on Monday: The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor #travelingsistersread #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

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.

Goodreads summary 

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.


14 thoughts on “Sneak Peek Sunday on Monday: The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor #travelingsistersread #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

  1. I almost started this one the other day but decided I was in the mood for something more literary. Your review and the comparison to Pet Cemetery have me thinking I will read this one next. Now I have to see for myself!

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    1. Hi Ann Marie! Nice to see back. I am so glad you are going to give it try. I am curious to see what you think. Please pop back here and let me what you think. Norma hasn’t read it yet so the threads are up in the sister group. Pop in there if you like.

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  2. I haven’t read this but I understand what you are saying. I adore Stephen King. But most people can’t carry the blend off to perfection as he does. And I have been guilty of wondering, at times, if they write themselves into a situation that they can’t see any way out of other than by introducing a supernatural element. . .

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    1. I so glad you understand what I am saying. With so many books he has a sound of his own comparable to like some legend bands do. They own it. I guess in a way it’s pretty great to be compared to legends. However like you, I am guilty of wondering too but with this one, I think more maybe she didn’t know how to get herself out of the supernatural element. Thank you so much for adding your thoughts Sandy!!

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  3. I didn’t read The Chalk Man but now you have me very curious about this one. Pet Sematary by King is one of two of my favorite books by him. The other is The Stand. I read it when it first came out all those years ago and it still gives me nightmares. Now, the thought of this new remake of the movie that King is in charge of sends shivers down my spine. Anyway, that’s off topic. If The Hiding Place is anything like Pet Sematary then it will be a must read for me!

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