I loved "The Chalk Man" and was wondering how C.J. Tudor was going to take it to the next level. "The Taking of Annie Thorne" isn't a sequel, but the author had continued and developed the King-esque feel of the first book while keeping the same fresh originality.
This is another book that is impossible to properly review without spoiling it, so I will confine myself to this: it's an excellent read, a fascinating story that I couldn't put down. The characters are a lot like people we have all met, as are the backdrops, and that gives it the impact of the familiar. Can any of us say nothing like this has ever happened where we live?
I particularly enjoyed a line in the book which referenced a feature in "The Chalk Man" - a nice nod to the alert reader that had be laughing out loud. That's as much as I can say about that too, without spoilers, dammit!
I have pre-ordered the next of C.J. Tudor's books, which I think is the most sincere and significant review a reader can give.
Characters are good. Definitely see the correlation to pet cemetery in a feminine style. Good read as I did it one one day. Looking forward to author development as the writing and characters are quite exciting