by C.J. Tudor
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.
In The Hiding Place, we meet Joe - a somewhat odd man returning back home to investigate the background of a recent murder-suicide. It isn't necessarily the act itself that draws Joe back to his hometown, but rather the instances leading up to the act that makes him return.
From the very beginning, the reader is wary of Joe. As the story unfolds, we find out more and more about our protagonist - but each tidbit only serves to confuse (and intrigue!) us more.
I did not know what to expect from this story, but what I got was a thriller/horror novel which is exactly the kind of books that I adore. Tudor does a wonderful job of providing us an eerie atmosphere, whether it is in an empty house, or the school yard. There is an ominous feeling that follows the story wherever it leads, no matter what is going on, and I love it.
I recommend this book to lovers of thrilling horror. I don't think you'll be disappointed.