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    Lots of surprises!

    Joe Thorne returns to his hometown of Arnhill to teach high school English in his former high school where he was bullied before joining the head bully's gang and bullying other students. This school seems to have a bullying problem and the head bully now is Joe's former bully's son. Sound confusing?? There are a lot of plots and subplots going on as well as a lot of characters, which does make this book a little confusing at times, but everything gets tied in very nicely in the end. I thought this was going to be a thriller but then it turned into a supernatural and then finally into more of a horror story. I don't usually read supernatural or horror stories (except for Stephen King occasionally) but I was really drawn to this book from the very beginning and I did really enjoy it. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this very dark and creepy read which I thoroughly enjoyed.
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    The Hiding Place

    The Hiding Place is the latest story by C. J. Tudor. In The Hiding Place Ms Tudor does an excellent job of weaving back and forth in time, bringing the reader information needed at that point. Some twists,turns, and surprises make this book difficult to put down. I was given an early copy to review.
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    Hard time connecting with the characters

    I didn't like this one nearly as much as I had hoped I would but I did like it. I absolutely loved C.J. Tudor's first book, The Chalk Man, so I was really eager to read her newest book. This was not a bad book by any means but for me, it was missing that essential spark that I had hoped to find. This is really Joe's story. Joe goes back to teach at his hometown high school. This town doesn't hold the best memories for him but he needs a job and there is one available at his old high school so he does what he needs to do. It is obvious right from the start that Joe knows how to work a situation and can fake it when needed. Joe has a few, okay more than a few, gambling debts so he is in desperate need of a job. As a reader, you know that Joe has some history in this town, including whatever happened to his sister, Annie, but it takes a long time to find out exactly what happened. This book is told both in the present day and the past. I felt like a lot more of the book was set in the present day but I liked the story from the past a lot more. As the story came together and things were revealed, I just never felt all that surprised. I wanted something in this story to really shake things up but it seemed somewhat predictable for me. I had a hard time connecting to Joe and really all of the characters in this book. I never felt like Joe could be trusted and he really just felt like a mess to me. I really have no problem liking flawed characters and often feel that they feel more realistic but Joe just seemed to be missing that redeeming quality that I needed to see. All of the characters in this book felt rather flat to me. I think that a lot of readers will like this one a lot more than I did. I was looking forward to a dark story which I got but unfortunately, I couldn't connect with the characters and felt that the story was somewhat predictable. I did like the book and plan to read more from C.J. Tudor just as soon as it is available. I received a digital review copy of this book from Crown Publishing Group via NetGalley.

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