Taking of Annie Thorne
C. J. Tudor

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Narrated By: Richard Armitage

Duration: 10 hours and 43 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Taking of Annie Thorne by C. J. Tudor, read by Richard Armitage.

Then . . .

One night, Annie went missing. Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after forty-eight hours, she came back. Though she couldn't, or wouldn't, say what had happened to her.

But something happened to my sister. I can't explain what.
I just know that when she came back, she wasn't the same.
She wasn't my Annie.

I didn't want to admit, even to myself, that sometimes I was scared to death of my own little sister.

Now . . .

The email arrived in my inbox nearly two months ago.
I almost deleted it straight away - but I clicked Open:

I know what happened to your sister. It's happening again . . .


Thriller / suspense fiction, Crime and mystery fiction, Modern and contemporary fiction, Contemporary horror and ghost stories

Listen to a sample

From the author of The Chalk Man comes an equally creepy story about missing children

Woman & Home

Gripping and dark, The Taking of Annie Thorne descends like its very own mine shaft, getting creepier the further you go. You'll race to the finish

Our Little Secret

If you found your pulse racing as you read Tudor's previous book, you won't be disappointed in The Taking of Annie Thorne, another spooky, sinister slice of tension

Wiltshire Living

The Hot List

Inside Soap

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

Finished this creepy corker last night. Utterly compelling with a host of intriguing characters and brilliant writing. Fans of The Chalk Man will definitely not be disappointed

Isabelle Broom, author of One Thousand Stars and You

Creepy beyond words. Just like Stephen King, the fact that Tudor's characters are so believable makes the events even creepier

People's Friend

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

The Taking of Annie Thorne deserves every plaudit it receives

Richard Armitage, narrator of The Taking of Annie Thorne and star of The Hobbit

Shows that her excellent The Chalk Man was no one-off in matching Stephen King for creepiness

Sunday Express's Bestseller Predictions 2019

With shades of Pet Sematary and an all-round aura of creepiness, The Taking of Annie Thorne cements C. J. Tudor's position as a major new talent at the dark heart of crime writing. Her characters are compelling, the village of Arnhill as atmospheric as its abandoned pit, and she possesses that rare ability to keep the reader turning the pages, desperate to discover what happens next. Brilliant

Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle

C. J. Tudor writes evil with aplomb - The Taking of Annie Thorne reveals how evil casts its resonance through places, people and our shared past. This book lingers with you long after the lights go out

Matt Wesolowski, author of Six Stories

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

C. J. Tudor nails it again with this clever, disturbing novel where the scars of an old mining community are opened by a slash of cold murder. From the shocking opening to the explosive finale, The Taking of Annie Thorne is a chilling page-turner that will leave you checking the locks at night. Brilliant

Olivia Kiernan, author of Too Close to Breathe


Sunday Post

A Stephen King style thriller that will have you transfixed and submerged in the entanglement of the twisting plot. This book kept me intrigued all the way to the very end

Places & Faces

Delicious in every way. A deliciously creepy story, deliciously told. Storytelling like a siren's song: your hair will prickle and stand on end but you won't be able to tear your eyes from the page. If you like Tana French, you will love, love, love C. J. Tudor

Alma Katsu

Following on from C J Tudor's successful debut, comes a novel about bullying, cruelty and deceit. . . Tudor keeps the novel moving at a fast pace

Literary Review

A can't-put-it-down thriller if ever I met one. I loved The Chalk Man and this is equally as fabulous. The Taking of Annie Thorne by lead head-rattler C. J. Tudor!

Joanna Cannon, bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

Deliciously creepy, impeccably plotted and laced with both wicked humor and genuine shocks, The Taking of Annie Thorne is the kind of read-under-the-covers thriller you didn't think people wrote anymore. Lucky for us, C. J. Tudor still does. An absolute corker of a book

Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied

I read this novel with a sense of creeping dread. It was an achingly good, well-plotted, dark, disturbing piece of pure brilliance! C J Tudor is my new favourite author.

Sam Carrington, bestselling author of Bad Sister and One Little Lie

So dark, so dastardly, so incredible. Still pondering this one, it's just that disturbing. C. J. Tudor has done it again. Bravo!

Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely Wife

C. J. Tudor has proven that she is the true master at creating perfectly dark, highly propulsive, and tightly coiled mysteries that are utterly impossible to put down. From page one, the reader is pulled in, in a gathering sense of dread, and taken on an addictive, thrilling ride to the very last page

Aimee Molloy, New York Times Bestselling author of The Perfect Mother

WOW WOW WOW! C. J. Tudor's follow-up to her impressive debut is superbly chilling and delightfully creepy. Smartly written and brilliantly plotted, here is a book that crawls under your skin and hooks on until you reach that jaw-dropping ending

C. J. Cooke, author of I Know My Name

Matches Stephen King for creepiness. A must-read for horror fans

Leamington Courier

Deliciously creepy, and written with such skill and fluency it's hard to believe this is only her second book. Indeed I think it gives King a run for his money

James Oswald, bestselling author of the Inspector McLean series

Loved this. Funny, frightening, goes out with a BANG. Believe the hype!

Chris Whitaker, author of Tall Oaks

Razor-sharp writing and masterful plotting drive this dark story about a small town, buried secrets, and ghosts from the past. Witty and compelling all at once, The Taking of Annie Thorne is a must read page-turner

All is Not Forgotten

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

Spine tinglingly good

Amy Lloyd, bestselling author of The Innocent Wife

A brilliantly sharp and distinctive voice and super-creepy plot. Fab

Roz Watkins, author of The Devil's Dice

C. J. Tudor is a writer of real creepiness. The Taking of Annie Thorne is no exception - a dark, chilling mystery that had me reading until the early hours

Kate Hamer, The Girl in the Red Coat

Dark and creeping and utterly unpredictable, The Taking of Annie Thorne is another triumph of a novel by C J Tudor. With its compelling characters and witty writing, it grips from the very first page

Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl

I loved The Chalk Man, but The Taking of Annie Thorne is even better, creepier and more addictive! I was so creeped out I had to stop reading until my husband came home one night! Brilliant stuff - well done, C. J. Tudor!

Elle Croft, author of The Other Sister

Crime meets psychological suspense meets out-and-out horror. From the stomach-churning first chapter to the grand guignol ending that is as shocking as it is surprising, Tudor racks up the nastiness . . . Another hit.

Buzz Magazine

I rattled through The Taking of Annie Thorne by C. J. Tudor - it reads like a Stephen King novel, and I can't think of a higher compliment than that!

Simon Lelic

As enjoyable and well written as her first, The Chalk Man

Daily Mirror

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

I loved it. The quality of her writing meant it was an absolute pleasure to read, as well as being genuinely terrifying. It made my hair stand on end! Genius

Emma Curtis author of One Little Mistake

I loved everything about this book

Alice Feeney, author of Sometimes I Lie

What an absolute treat of a novel this was. Such an assured, distinct voice and an absolute belter of a plot